Firstly, the atmosphere walking in was actually spectacular, and invigorating. The first thing you see is the in-house DJ up by the front, and if you went in on a busy night like me, the excited social, buzzing tables you pass by make it feel and look like a shot out of a movie. The interior is interesting, and as the name of the restaurant, Scaddabush, would suggest, it is a little bit of everything. Each table is set up with a stack of wet, dewey, assorted dishes, and rolls of forks and knives. The menus were on disposable, one-time use paper, and the price ranges were from ~8-20 dollars, with the average being about maybe 12 dollars?
After the initial, friendly greeting from your servers, though, the food we received and questionable service made everything a bit uncomfortable. When we asked to be reseated to a nearby table, a server bringing our (delicious) bruschetta was more than happy to oblige. However, when our main server arrived, he looked at my friend (who is insecure about her weight) and asked her "Was the table too small for you?". This was obviously offensive to her and me, and us being too stunned to say anything, he was quick to be on his way again.
After a long wait, the main dish he brought later for me was a Berkshire (?) Sausage Pasta, which had cold, undercooked noodles, watery drippings pooled at the bottom, with admittedly delicious, hot bits of meat. Honestly, after eating about a fourth of it I got pretty nauseous, and cold tap water we were served didn't really help. Before I started eating, I prayed, which I earned a long hard stare for from our server. He was so distracted, in fact, for the duration of my praying, that he wasn't able to serve the cheese he had offered to my friends until he was snapped out of it when my friend explained I was praying.
He was friendly enough after we ate, besides these slip-ups, and after a bit of chatting, I politely let him know that the pasta was maybe sub-par, and why. He was surprised to hear it, and let me know that if I had mentioned it he certainly would of had it redone, so that was nice. Also, the gelato (both vanilla and chocolate) was delicious!
Overall though, the few offensive slip-ups (maybe he was inexperienced?), the food that got me sick for the rest of the night, and a few details (like the wet dishes, and nearby broken glass light decorations hanging overhead neighbouring tables) was enough to put me off. People make mistakes, and our servers were nice since we were polite, but the cumulative experience was unpleasant overall.
So: 2/5, but hopefully if we go again I won't get sick again.
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