Planning a romantic date night, I scanned the reviews of the local fine dining spots and chose the well reviewed Artichoke Cafe. Having a 7:00PM reservation, my boyfriend and I arrived and were given a choice of three tables. So far so good. The restaurant was bustling with the conversations of customers and quick moving staff. Out table was nestedl in an alcove along with two other small tables for tlessow. The lighting and surrounding were pleasing. The menus arrived and we scanned the choices for the night: beef taquitos and crabcakes for appetizers, bacon-wrapped scallops and beef tenderloin for entrees. I ordered a glass of wine while waiting for apps and was horrified when the waiter came back with a tiny flask of wine, reached over me and dumped the wine into the wine glass to my right. As a 20 year restaurant professional, I.m well aware of portion control, but this practice was inappropriate. The wine servina was way less than then the usual 6 ounce pour. The actual pour was only a quarter of
the large wine glasses set on the tables. We waited a very long time for the apps. So long that I almost drank the entire glass of wine. The waiter was inattentive and finally said he'd
check on them. The crabcakes were lukewarm and the taquitos were a bit tough. My bacon-wrapped scallops were but a small dot in the large serving plate. The accompanying fingerling potatoes and green beans merely a garnish. My boyfriend beef tenderloin (ordered medium rare) was so raw that he couldn't chew. The waiter took it back to the kitchen, which took so long that I was finished eating when his entree came back. Bar none, this beef tenderloin was
small, tough, full of gristle...basically not a high quality beef. Not to be discouraged, we ordered
a dessert to split: ice cream profiteroles with chocolate & caramel. Again, we waited a long time for the dessert to arrive...no apologies from the waiter. The dessert plate was elegantly
plated but the profiterole pastry was tough and cardboard like, the chocolate and caramel were
only a design on the plate. So disappointing...especially for a $100 plus bill for two. I wanted so much to love this restaurant. But at these prices, there won't be a second visit.