I went to Chop for a friend's birthday and there were about 12 of us. We were seated in the lounge area of the restarurant, which was supposed to be a private room, but it was music from the lounge was overly intrusive. I did like the flat screen in the room though, as it helped pass the time of our 3.5 hour (slow) dinner. More on this later...
I'll start with the good stuff. I really like the modern decor of Chop. It's very wide open , with cool neat touches, like a 007 inspired hallway. The washroom is also quite lavish. Some in my dining cohort did not like the dark lighting, as they said they couldn't see their food. I don't really care how my food looks, and as a true food connisseur, I see with my tongue.
We share an appy mussel between 5 people, and it was quite good. I think it was like ginger cream sauce, and the mussels were the most plumb I've ever see, like they were on steroids! They also have a promotion that when you order a steak, you get 1/2 lb crab legs for $3. The crab was juicy, but a bit on the salty end. That was the good of the food.
I had the porterhouse, and was cooked rare. The part furthest away from the bone was tender and juicy, but closer to the bone, it started really tasting like a low quality sirloin, so I was a bit disappointed. They have a good side, which is the scalloped potatoes and the seasonal veggies were quite good. However, the chef was a little heavy on the salt all throughout the meal. For $39 for the steak, I expected a little more. So the value rating takes a hit, but is partially helped by the $3 crab legs.
Now the worst part. Our waitress was either retarted and stupid, or simply did not care. She had an attitude problem from the very start, and checked on us every 20 mins or so, and would disappear the rest of the time. Appys were served even though we still had these huge ass menu's floating around. Simple tasks like getting water or the bill would take forever, or not be done at all. Finally, she served the bday cake from the box, then told us at the table she had no candles...idiot.
The 15% mandatory gratuity really described our waitress: T-otally I-ncompetent P-issy S-erver. The host finally talked to the manager about the crappy waitress, and he comped everyone at the table with a free appy. I don't know if I would return even with that freebie. I gave it to my parents and they can choose what they want to do with it.
Overall, a really disappointing experience. Would not recommend, especially if you are seated in the lounge area with a blonde server.