I have eaten here many times. I used to think they really wanted and tried to be in the same realm as Atlanta's famed steakhouses, like Bone's, Chop's, Blue Ridge Grill. For a while I thought they were pretty close, but always a little below. We really looked forward to returning last night. What a disappointment! This place has slid down, down, down. The prices reflect that of a fine dining establishment, but the quality, service and atmosphere have dropped to sub standard. As one diner indicated, Longhorn is a better bet. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good. Definitely not worth the price they charge, even with a Groupon discount.
Upon arriving, it should be noted the exterior could use some tlc. The hostess was pleasant and we were seated promptly. We did have a reservation, but I don't think it was really necessary, even at 7:30. Our server took longer to appear and then the service was haphazard at best. It should be noted her tattoos were interesting, but probably more appropriate for Fellini's Pizza than a top notch steak house. There was no longer any wait assistants as in the past and like so many other top notch restaurants have. We were dependent on the server for everything, which didn't work out so well. The menu selections were a lot more limited in the past. No raw oysters, either. So disappointed about that. We ordered the fried calamari appetizer. It took forever and it really wasn't visually appealing. It was OK, but not really that great. It was sort of drenched in some Asian style sauce and chilies. The steak choices were really limited, too. Ribeye or tenderloin, that was it. One size of each, that was it. They also took a long, long time. One, the tenderloin, was served sort of smashed to the side of the plate on top the mashed potatoes and the signature sauce was forgotten. The other, the ribeye looked OK, but was only about 1/2" thick and no bone. It was served was sauce, but it was the sauce meant for the other entree. After we received the entrees our waitress must have left for a smoke, maybe all the waitstaff did. After about 15 minutes I actually asked the hostess for the missing sauce. Which she very kindly and promptly recovered from the kitchen. Unfortunately, the red wine demi glace was actually a watering muck, so it really wasn't worth the wait. The sides were OK, nothing great. The waitress eventually reappeared and we were finally able to leave. We were NOT going to even risk another course. Oh yeah, no bread anymore either.
Though never super plush. This place has gotten seedier. Very dated, and dirty. Probably need to dim the lights a little more. Needs a good dusting for sure, especially the window ledges. The air conditioner probably should be looked at as well. And what is with the somewhat loud hip hop music? Oh yeah and all the staff gathering at the hostess station or in the bar to watch the GA game?
This is not a fine dining experience, which the prices reflect. It is really not a steakhouse either. I don't know what this restaurant wants to be, but I don't open will be in their future, either.
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