We had to dine early due to making the Big Top show - so we went right at opening - 5:00 pm. They do not take reservations, and the dining room was full by the time we left at 6:30.
Wonderful waitstaff directed us to their half-price wine list (they had just updated their bins). Good wine list with plenty of variety - some bottles I hadn't seen before.
For an appetizer we had the tempura shrimp - very crispy and the garlic aoli had a nice kick. I also had their house salad - candied pecans always make the choice easy.
For dinner - we both had the pecan crusted trout - very fresh and cooked perfectly. Well seasoned and served nice and hot. The side dishes were fine, but the fish steals the show.
For dessert we went with their cream brulee - it's the only house made dessert they sell. Nothing special here, but definitely a solid way to cap off the meal.
All of this for under $100 before tip. Pretty impressive in my opinion. We preferred this over the Landmark at the Old Rittenhouse (I also reviewed that restaurant). Better food and more economical. Also - surprisingly - the wine list is much more varied at the Bayfield.
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