A talented chef in John Kavanagh and hosted by his wife Francina. Exceptional quality in seafood and meat dishes, with nightly specials and and a solid wine list.
We stopped off here for dinner one night last summer and wish we hadn't. The restaurant was about half full, but the waiter seemed hesitant to seat us. The room was so bloody dark we could hardly read our menus. The lights also surged and flickered every time an appliance got turned on in the kitchen and was also quite noisy.
Our service was down right awful. He seemed to make every effort to avoid us the entire enight. He was also rude or disinterested when we spoke to him. It took forever to get our drinks, which weren't any good. It took even longer for him to come back and take our appetizer order. He kept going to the other tables loudly chit chatting with the "locals" while we starved. We had to flag him down several times.
We asked what were some of the popular dinner items and were told "Its all good". After we ordered, we overheard him telling another table about the specials, which he never informed us of. When I asked if I could please change my order to the special, which sounded much better, he said no it was too late. When our meals arrived, we were incredibly disappointed. My partner had the lobster pot pie and it was BLAND! No flavour at all, and very runny. I ordered the bouillebaisse and it the seafood was very overcooked and the broth was bland. I took a couple bites and had to write it off, it didn't taste fresh and the texture of all the seafood was terrible. We sat at our table, ignored again, for a very long time not eating our meals as they got cold. We finally waived our server over and complained about our meals. We were basically told that it was too bad, and our dishes were whisked off.
We were again left to wait a long time. We actually got up and went to the front to get our bill so we could get out of there. They did not discount anything for us! We begrudgingly paid the bill and left and will never return again. We would NEVER EVER recommend this place to anyone.
I arrived at the Seahorse Grill for my birthday party. At the last minute, 3 of my friends canceled. When I walked in, I explained that our party would be smaller than we had reserved for. I was berated, quite loudly, in front of the entire restaurant for not having informed them earlier of this change. While I understand that a small, family-run restaurant doesn't have the booking flexibility of a larger restaurant, this could have been handled in a much more professional and courteous manner. This marred what could have been a great evening. Our party was completely ignored for the entire evening by the person who berated us. When I phoned for the reservation, the person who took it was very friendly and asked if it was a special day. I explained it was my birthday, and he said "We will make sure you have a fun evening." It was anything but.
In the past this restaurant was a very special night out for us along with many visitors we've brought, offering culinary delights until last Sunday night. I ordered their weekly special, roast beef, assuming since that this is the weekly special this choice would be a perfected dish.Our server was very pleasant, friendly and upbeat so we where prepared for a wonderful food experience.
Sad to say when my roast beef arrived I noticed my Yorkshire pudding was burnt and after a taste confirmed it was uneatable. Next was the roast beef, it was very tough and the flavour did not make up for any toughness.
I can understand that perhaps this was an off night for the chef but the server, however friendly she was, never did ask us how our meal was. Even when she could see the uneaten Yorkshire pudding never inquired for the left food on the plate.
Our hope is that this past gem can somehow gain our confidence back.
It's too bad that what was once a favourite restaurant isn't anymore. No major complaints about the food, aside from some menu items not being served, but the customer service leaves much to be desired. I'm not one to begrudge a restaurant wanting to close when it's late, but I'm not sure 9:30 pm on a Sunday night counts. After a nice meal, several bottles of wine (incl. appetizers and dessert), our party of 5 was asked to leave in rather blunt and obvious non-verbal cues. (What else would you call turning off the music and putting the restaurant into silence?) I would have been okay with a polite verbal request that the place would be closing shortly, but to be made to feel that you must go and aren't welcome is unacceptable. At least let your guests finish the last bit of wine. That's not so much to ask. We got the hint and left, but follow-up to my complaint the next day simply reinforced the fact that customer service isn't a priority for the owner and serving staff. What a shame. Past meals at this restaurant were enjoyable. That's why we came back several more times. But not anymore. Value your customers and they'll come back. Don't and they'll let others know.
My husband and I arrived for an early supper, about 5:30. Not many people were there yet. Service was immediate and friendly. I had heard that the liver and onions here was good and having never tried it before I ordered that and my vegetarian husband ordered a "Blackie Spit" pizza minus the meat. Without asking, he was offered additional fruits and other veggies to sub as toppings.
Ambiance was warm, everything neat and clean. Washroom was cozy, even some hand lotion to use.
My husband said the thin pizza crust reminded him of papadum with a softer interior and he really enjoyed it. He doesn't usually eat the whole thing but here he did. The liver and onions was fabulous as promised, with perfect mashed potato, peas, ample gravy, lots of onions and tons of liver. I also ate my entire meal. Our water was constantly refilled (mine hot with lemon, his cold) and the whole experience was pleasant.
Since this restaurant is not on the main strip of Crescent Beach, I didn't even know it was there for the longest time. Then one day when we were driving around we spotted it tucked away on a back street and decided to give it a try. What a great choice! The restaurant is small, which gives it an intimate feel. I loved the decorations, especially the tiled fireplace that we were sitting beside. The menu is not huge, but it never the less provides a good selection to choose from. Our server was attentive and funny and the food delivered as promised. No complaints!
I was introduced to the Seahorse by my grandfather, who eats there literally almost every day. The owner, John, is extremely talented and flexible, and makes some exceptionally well made dishes.
The quality of the food is higher than average, the times that I've been there everything has been extremely fresh.
My only complaint is that on very busy nights it can be quite loud.
When I first started going there I would ask for things that were more my style, which was usually the curried prawns. I felt they were good, but at some point I asked John, "what would you like to make for me?" WOW! He is extremely creative, and I don't even know what he called what he made for me, it was some type of lobster dish that I absolutely loved, and I usually am not a huge fan of lobster. Since then I've asked him that same question, and I've never been disappointed. He always brings me truly delicious food. To anyone in the area, I highly recommend the Seahorse.
After spending Saturday June 28, 2008 at Crescent Beach my husband and I decided to have dinner at The Seahorse Grill. We arrived at 6:30 p.m. (without a reservation) and were very fortunate to be seated outside on the little front deck.
Summer time is extremely busy for all of the restaurants at Crescent Beach, so we were prepared to go elsewhere if no table was found for us.
Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. I ordered the Osso Buco special, and my husband ordered the Schnitzel with Spaetzel. Everything came piping hot and delicious.
We would certainly have dinner again at the Seahorse and next time we will make a reservation.
My partner and I really want to like this place. It's in a great location in Crescent Beach area and the owner-chef is enthusiastic. However, on both occasions we've eaten there, it's failured to deliver. A curried prawn dish was flavoured with something other than curries and a Caribbean lobster tail over fetticine was bland. Perhaps the meat dishes are better, but at this point in time, it may be best to stick with the above-average appetizers and salads.
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