we went to pike lake house on a last minute whim. We have been there before, so we did know how to find it. We went on a Friday about 530pm. It wasn't busy at all yet. So I was surprised when we pulled it the parking lot and they has a parking attendant. We went into the upper level. The hostess asked if we had reservations, we said no, and then he said we could go downstairs and eat in the bar. I really didn't understand, because there was only one table seated upstairs, but the bar was full of people eating. there were no tables left so we ate at the bar. It was very loud and not comfortable. We both had the cod fish fry. The service was very friendly. It took awhile for the food to come out. But it was worth the wait. the fish was excellent. And the potato pancakes were the best I've ever had. Coleslaw was a little bland. But I didn't really have room to eat that too. Prices were a little more than we are use to paying for a casual meal at the bar, But next time I will make RESERVATIONS so we can eat in the upper level. (when we left there still was no one in the main dining area, and the bar had 3 different groups of people who came in looking for a place to eat and walked out) I don't know what there policy is, but it seems like poor management to loose customers because there is no where for them to sit, and the whole upper level is empty. In the restaurant business you learn to turn tables faster so you can accommodate more customers. If you turn away walk ins you will loose A LOT of business. I will definitely go back, because it is the best food I've had in Hartford, and the surrounding area for that matter.
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