I went for dinner on Friday.
First of all I really have to commend them. They had only been open 4 days and considering this (even not considering this, honestly) the service was very good. They really had their act together.
At 6:30 the main dining room was packed. There isn’t a bad seat in the house-- you really have a view from every seat. We got to sit in one of the super comfortable semi circle round booths and I was seriously the most comfortable I’ve ever been while eating. The side room was full by the time we left. It has slightly less character but still no bad seat in that room either.
As mentioned, the beer selection is quite good-- choices for craft beer aficionados and no frills beer drinkers alike. I had the same drink I had on Tuesday and it was just as good.
I’ll be honest. The food is not spectacular. There is nothing that blew us away. But there were no complete duds either. I’d say the menu is priced a tad high for the quality of food. However, you are of course paying a premium for the river setting. If you are going to take a trip here, it is going to be for that river view and not the food. But the view is reason enough to visit… Appetizers were bourbon bbq wings (could have been a bit more aggressively flavored and hot (temperature), a giant pretzel which we loved, and a serviceable salad with nice fresh ingredients. The burger was the favorite of the entrees. It was cooked to medium as ordered and very juicy. The lobster roll was average-- a bit overdone with the mayo. The fries that came with both sandwiches could have been a touch hotter but I give them a pass on that for this visit. I’m expecting they’ll work out timing as they get their groove. My husband got the veal osso bucco dumplings which he loved but I have beef (veal?) with the portion size. For $22 it was an appetizer size portion. I think there were five little dumplings and a paltry vegetable side. This was listed under entrees so they either have to increase the portion size and enhance the side or move it to the small bites section of the menu. Minor quibble though.
Dessert was little bomboloni with creme anglaise-- again, nothing spectacular, but satisfying. The sundae with hazelnut gelato in a waffle cone was more our speed. Both could have benefited from some sort of twist or creative flair.
We will be back again for sure considering how convenient it is and this place will be hopping when their outdoor patio opens. In fact, maybe with this weather the patio is open. I’m hoping as time goes on the food improves relative to price and they find their niche. Regardless we’ll be hitting up happy hour here often.