Came to the Charlatan with a group of six on a Saturday night, hoping to have some drinks and conversation in a fun spot. The restaurant was not very busy, but, regardless, our group was squeezed into the worst table in the house. It was a table clearly meant for four, and five of us had to squish together on the bench seats while one person had a chair. Eventually another table left and we were able to get two chairs and spread out a bit, but we were still right in the way of the waitress walking back and forth to other tables.
And...the waitress. We had JUST sat down, were still squishing into the booth, arranging our jackets, waiting for one more of our party, had not even opened the menus, when she comes over and hovers, asking if we want drinks. Give people a chance, learn some timing, geez! So we get our drinks and of course over the night we want refills every so often. She would come over, ask if we wanted refills, take one person's order and then bolt off, leaving the rest of the table with their mouths hanging open, wanting to order as well. I'm sure it was annoying for her too, because she would come back with the drink and have to take another order. This lady needs to learn how to interact with her table.
Finally, for food, we ordered the chocolate fondue. It was pretty good but they sure were cheap with the dipping fruit. For $10 they could have provided more than three paper thin slices of melon, half a cut up orange and four halved strawberries. We ended up with half the chocolate left over, so we asked for more fruit, and were charged $2 more. Ridiculous.
The beers were good, so my friends might want to go back, but I won't be heading for the Charlatan any time soon.