This is a beautiful restaurant in an excellent location. Large stone fireplaces, heavy wood beams, and a spectacular view are highlights in this large restaurant. It is located between South Mountain Reservation and the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex (Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, and Safari Mini-Golf). Behind the restaurant is a scenic lake (actually an unused resevoir) that now has rental boats available. The setting is picturesque. There is outdoor seating in good weather, and large windows for better views indoors. I have eaten there several times, most recently for an excellent Sunday brunch. Even though this restaurant is fairly large, reservations are definitely recommended for peak times (like Sunday brunch). During the brunch, there is a live jazz band playing... they are good, but depending where you are sitting you may not be able to see or hear them. The food selection is very good, featuring an array of seafood. You should easilly be able to fill your plate with delicious selections to your taste. The regular menu is pretty good too. In general, the food I've had there was good to very good; but there is room for improvement (especially for the price). The prices are above average, so the value isn't always there. The brunch has enough unlimited choices to make it a better value for the price ($35/person). Staff have been polite, but service has been average to a little slow. In general, this is a very good restaurant that could easilly be a great restaurant with a little more attention to the kitchen and pricing. Still, recommended (especially for the Sunday brunch or special occasions).
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