We were looking for an excellent local restaurant in which to celebrate our anniversary. We picked Joseph's Steakhouse based on glowing previous reviews. In making our telephone reservation we requested a booth in the main diningroom, something another reviewer had advised, and we were assured we would be accommodated. But when we arrived at the appointed time, we were first shown to a regular table; we mentioned that we had requested a booth (I think there were only two); the reservations book was checked and lo and behold our reservation was not found! Fortunately it was a slow evening, and we were given the requested booth, but not without some discussion. It would have been far more gracious of the staff to immediately sit us there as it was not reserved for any other party, and it was clearly a slow night. Our wait person advised us that, had we made on-line reservations, there were some "perks" to be had, but since we preferred the old fashioned person-to-person telephone conversation, we were not availed of the "perks", whatever they were (it was never fully explained). The irony here is that we thought a telephone reservation would be more reliable than an on-line reservation. In fact we received an e-mail confirmation, as well as a telephone call confirmation a day later. And then our reservation wasn't even in the book??!!
I am not a steak afficianado, and rarely order it in a restaurant. In my opinion it is just a slab of meat, and I would prefer something more interesting when eating out. But I've never had a $65 34-oz. porterhouse steak for two, and fully expected it would exceed any other steak experience I have had. It was good, but was it worth $65? I don't think so, and my companion, who is much more a "steak person", felt the same way. It was just meat, and it wasn't even as tender as I have had in other restaurants with much more reasonable prices. Side dishes are priced extra ($6 for a serving for two). We ordered the sauteed mushrooms and onions which gave the steak the necessary "oomph" to its flavor. At these prices, they could easily be included in the $65 price, or with any of their steaks for that matter! Unfortunately, the owner, Joseph, had just recently gone to Florida, so we were not availed of the interesting history of the building that we read about in other diners' reviews. All in all it was a somewhat disappointing evening. We will not return.
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