$500 for a party of 10, most of whom had no alcohol. For Spokane, that is at the high end of dining cost. And there are several high end restaurants that have surpassed Clinkerdaggers in terms of food quality and dining experience.
Let's start off with the good. Clinkerdagger's has a great view of the cascading Spokane River (assuming that you get seated by the windows). That is about all that I can saw positive about our recent dinner.
- very dated décor, furniture, plates, silverware (we were a party of 10 and the plates did not match, so had Clinkerdagger's in the plates, some were blank white plates) No table clothes, just 2 mismatched old wood tables pushed together, making seating and serving ackward.
- food was disappointing to say the least. Either it was bland with no flavor (my artic char had no taste to it except for a sweet sauce and the prime rib of other guests was non-descript) or the food was overseasoned (my potatoes had way too much spice to them and the horseradish brought tears to the eyes of one guest). My asparagus was past its prime. (Will acknowledge that the lobster bisques was good). Desserts were equally no big deal.
- service was spotty, bordering on pretentious and condescending. Our waiter continued to refer to us in serious tones as "My friend". He did little to make a family anniversary dinner seem special. With an 18% tip added automatically to our tab, he had little incentive to do much better.
Bottom line - 10 people left the dinner without any comment about how good the food was, how good the service was, and a general sense that it was a mistake for us to come to Clinkerdaggers.
The good news is that Spokane has a developing restaurant scene that gives several other options for quality dining.
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