Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore

Antrim 1844 in Taneytown

maddogg280 | | Jul 18, 2008 01:57 PM

We were there very recently and I wanted to share our experience since it is such a highly regarded spot.
Took advantage of one of the emailed special price packages and booked the fixed-menu dinner.
Reservation for 7:30pm did not mean you were seated at 7:30. Went down to parlor where passed apps were served and $15 glasses of wine offered. Other guests were surprisingly unsocial, especially given the circumstances (seating together on sofas, stand-up mingling/walking around). At 7:55pm, asked staff why we were still not seated (and had already seen several others do the same) and they said we'd be seated in a moment. We were seated at 8;10.
Dining area a surprise compared to last time- definitely more tables moved into the room, seated very closely to other diners (who were too casually dressed IMO).
First course choices were lovely- I chose pate and hubby chose soup. Both delicious.
Then came salad, also very nice, but not as special as I expected. Dressing very bland.
Their version of sorbet followed
Then main course. My crab dish had been reheated and hubby's steak was COLD. Not what we had expected. It is now after 10pm and I'm on the verge of being uncomfortably drunk. Hubby is very dissatisfied and lets the staff know it. They took the dinner off our tab. While I appreciate that, I would have preferred to be seated timely, and eaten dinner without a 20+ minute wait between each course (somewhat awkward for table of 2). We both felt our food had been sitting around awhile.
Bottom line- we were herded in, treated like a large group catering (i think everyone was eating the fixed menu, no ala carte options available) and the food was not given the TLC it deserves. We won't be back, even at that discounted price it was not worth it.
There were chocolates and a rose on the bed when we got back to the room.
On the other hand, the next morning we were served a fantastic breakfast in a different dining room with maybe 8 other people seated. Some of the best scrambled eggs I've ever had in my life. Wow.

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