I did not know about this bistro/wine bar/heaven on earth until I walked through the threshold. I was actually intending on eating at the Boathouse right off the river, but the bar was at full capacity. My friend that I went to eat with, knew of this bar, we skipped the Conch Restaurant for several reasons. So I was very delighted to walk in the restaurant on a Weekend-night and have immediate seating. It was dimly lit, with candles and fresh roses at every corner. Very romantical (in my Darla voice). I was very intrigued by the place.
Lets talk ambiance/atmosphere/aura: Delightful, dimly lit, deep red walls, the color of Merlot, two separate bars, the back half of the Bistro was not being used. There were about 3 couples in the restaurant and 2 tables of double dates/parties that evening, so there was no overcrowding and a good amount of space between each party. And the kitchen is open so you can see the hustle and bustle of the chefs while you are at your seat. It was a mix of chic and casual. You could very well get dressed up in your sexy datenight attire and not be overdressed in your pumps but I add casual to the description because the waitress/waitor wore jeans under their aprons. So if you came in a cute jeans and blouse with flats on you would not be under dressed. But I definitely don't see sweatpants but to each his own.
Ladies we understand how important it is to feel comfortable and dressed appropriately when we are going out.
We ordered appetizer of seared scallops that was accompanied by a corn patty which was a delicious surprise! There was a common theme amongst the plates like a corn/breadpudding type of ordeal but the cornbread patty was delicious in every meal. I ordered the smoked/roasted chicken with asparagus that was cooked to perfection. My friend ordered rack of lamb that he thoroughly enjoyed. There was an array of herbal tea to choose from. Now I did order one thing that I sent back because I knew after one sip I would not finish, that was the rosemary lavendar lemonade, I didnt like the seltzer they added to the drink, what I wanted was a flavored lemonade (think charleston, south carolina) not a lemon-spritzer, but someone else may very well enjoy a little sizzle with their lemonade. Unfortunately there was no room for dessert. But everything on the menu sounded scrumptious.
After going there I shared my experience and others have shared they have a great bar, I don't really drink alcohol that often so I'm sorry I can't give you my opinion. There was nothing basic about the menu, every item I consumed had a special twist to it, even the water was cucumber infused and may I add VERY refreshing!
But let me answer three questions: Should you go? yes, What should you order? anything you cant go wrong Price range? $$ per plate. Bread is complimentary and its cute it looks like a chef's hat! The Chef met with us after we finished our plates and spoke with us for a few minutes, that was very nice to see. Also our waiter did his best to accommodate me when I was unsatisfied with the lemonade, but I told him in the end I just didn't want the seltzer, he probably would have tried again, so I appreciate that, I only have positive comments to share about this restaurant.
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