The ground floor bar area was dark and lifeless on a weeknight at 7:30 p.m. The hostess, who escorted us to the second floor dining area, was pleasant and the dinning room wait staff seemed knowledgeable and equally pleasant. The upstairs dining room is attractive and was busy, which was a relief after passing through the first floor catacomb of a bar.
The decline started when the business guests were offered a choice of several "specials" consisting of $100 Japanese steaks (14 ounces). It seemed like a real convention tourist-trap move. As a business dinner host, you can't tell the guest what to order - after all, my office did the inviting and chose the restaurant. The steak was merely average - despite the price tag, the Caesar salads were well below average and the Red Snapper, when ordered with the thick and gravy-like mushroom sauce on the side, was revealed to be incredibly salty and dry.
The busboy continuously reached across the plate and face of the business guest with a dripping pitcher to fill the glass. With two drinks per person, and without ordering a bottle of wine or the tip, the dinner tab ran an average of $100/person.
The restaurant was mailing it in, presumably relying on its no repeat convention business and highly promoted name. This tired old place will not be on my list again.
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