I took the fiancée to dinner over the weekend because we purchased a Groupon to Ounce Steakhouse a while back and needed to use it. We arrived to Ounce about 30 minutes early for our reservation expecting a standing room only crowd but were greeted by an empty waiting area and a hostess who was anxious to seat us - that's a good thing! Immediately after being seated, a server professionally introduced himself and let us know what the evening specials were he also took our drink order to allow us time to peruse the menu. Still going well. The employees are stellar so far. After a short time our server returned, took our drink orders BUT we had a question about a particular wine on the menu. We politely inquired about said wine but our server had to ask and wine "expert" who turned out to NOT be an expert at all. He did provide some basic information on our selection and we decided to order a bottle. The wine list at Ounce is not comprehensive however, they do have a fair selection of varietals at what I thought were good prices. Our wine arrived about the same time as the excellent bread and butter. Again, so far all good; time to order the entree! We asked about the featured beef to find out that it is $15.00 an Ounce - hence the name right? I did not go to this place expecting it to be inexpensive but at that price, our Groupon would not have covered the price of a 6-ounce fillet. After a lengthy discussion with my gorgeous dinner date, we decided to order a filet from the "standard steak list" and did so - medium well, We also ordered the Chilean Sea Bass so that we could sample a couple of things at one sitting. We also ordered asparagus at an eye-watering $11 (7 spears in all).
Our entrees arrived! The large fish steak was very good, the beef steak was way over-cooked but the asparagus was excellent. Although the steak was over-cooked, we did not want to return it because we were both starving; not from the long wait but because neither of us had eaten much that day and needed some sustenance so the grub-fest was on! The ambiance at Ounce is progressive and modern that features very large chairs that make you feel as though you’re a child stealing some time in Dads recliner, modern rhythmic music with a little bit of Asian-American fusion paint and decor. Our overall experience was just so-so - had better "normal" steak at Texas Roadhouse for a fraction of the price. The service was top-notch, attentive and well groomed. The dining area was meticulously clean and not too cold. We will not be going back but it was worth a shot!
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