I came here for my 23rd birthday last night. I had many recommendations from my colleagues and friends that this place was one of the best restaurants in town, so I decided I'd host my party here. I made a reservation for 15 people three weeks prior to the event, confirmed with the hostess on the phone a week later, and then the day before my event, I reconfirmed with the hostess that it was for a party of 15.
The majority of my party showed up early, and the hostess came up and asked if I had booked a reservation for 12. What? I thought we had gone over the party size 3 times already? No big deal - none of us were in a rush and the restaurant was already packed. There's no point in making a big fuss out of a misunderstanding. However, we were not seated for another 30 minutes despite the fact that I had made reservations.
Let's talk about food:
I can't give an honest review on the food because I was so sick that I couldn't even taste anything. I got the seafood fettuccine and although I couldn't taste it, I think it was probably pretty decent. The portion size was fair. I'm quite a large portion eater, so to say that I was full and satisfied is a lie.
A few of my friends got their $28 dine out menu. And they were disappointed with the portion sizes. I realize that it's a sampler menu but wow, 5 little ravioli's for the entree? They gulfed it up in two bites.
What is worth your value though is the platter that is $21 a person that needs to be shared with a minimum of two people. You get a long dish with 3-4 different pastas and it looked delicious.
Dessert was pretty good! I was able to somehow taste my dessert, but the portion of the dessert was rather disappointing. I suspect it's because I got the dessert for free, but I shouldn't be eating too much sweets anyways. I ordered the salted caramel chocolate torte with earl grey ice cream. Man, it was delicious. The ice cream tasted fresh and homemade served on a bed of candied pecans.
This is an upscale restaurant, and as most people know, portion sizes are small where as presentation is more important than the amount.
Well, I ranted a bit about the party size mix up already. The service was mediocre at best. Our waitress was very nice, and did come back a few times to make sure we were okay, but it was difficult to flag her down because of how busy it was. On top of that, a group of 30 people were also seated around the same time we were there. A friend of mine had his scotch accidentally topped off with water and the waitress was extremely nice in replacing the scotch for him even though we didn't ask for another one. Overall, aside from the early mix up, we had exceptional service. Our waitress was very catering to our needs and when I ordered off of their regular menu rather than the large party menu, she didn't give me any kind of attitude or say 'no'.
For the price that I paid for my meal, it was good value. The reason why I gave the value a low rating is because of the dine out menu. For $30, it wasn't worth it. It wasn't filling. You are better off ordering from the regular menu and be just near full. The guests who ordered off the dine out menu came into the restaurant starving, and left the restaurant hungry.
Slightly too loud, but it is a great environment to be in when you are with your friends. This place is obviously a well established environment, so even the most negative review on this page won't run the place to the ground. Despite the small portions, I would like to come here again.