Hubby took me to the Five Sails this week for DOV 2010. After reading mixed reviews of the place on various review and blog sites, I was worried that we would be underwhelmed. I'm glad that I was wrong.
The best thing about this restaurant is the incredible view of the harbor, the convention center expansion, the north shore mountains, and of course, the sails of Canada place. Luckily we were there on a sunny day. Although all window seats were taken, the tables in our row were arranged in such a way that they too provided a great view.
We started off with an amuse-bouche of butternut squash soup and salmon gravlax. I'm a butternut soup fan, so this was a pleasant surprise. For appies, I had the pasta and hubby had the chowder. While they were both quite good, there was no "wow" factor. For mains, I had the halibut and hubby had the wild mushroom ravioli. While both were very good, I thought the halibut was the winner. The halibut was moist and one of the accompanying sauces was addictive. Both desserts were excellent. The chocolate opera slice won for presentation, but the luxe lemon mille-feuilles won for taste. I read reviews that complained that the portions were small, but this was not the case. I thought that the portions were just right - you're full, but not uncomfortably stuffed.
Service varied from solid to impressive (hence the average rating of 4). The hostesses and the co-owner (the wife) were very friendly and accommodating and wanted to make sure that our experience was a pleasant one. The waiters were polite but much more reserved. There was nothing special about their service.
In terms of value, I would give a 3 based on the $38 DOV menu. The drinks are expensive - a juice is $5. The regular menu is quite expensive.
All in all, a very enjoyable experience. If my wallet gets a bit too heavy, I might consider returning for a special occasion.