After reading all the glowing reviews of Barclay Prime we have been looking forward to dining there. We finally had the right group - steakhouse loving friends.
In short it the entire evening was pretty terrible.
Things started out well enough. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and shown to our table. The dining room is lovely and different. Large chairs and sofa type seating created a living room atmosphere.
The waiter was pleasant and efficient. He answered questions and chatted with us as if we were his only table. We were impressed. They delivered water and wonderful onion rolls.
The service was excellent. The food however was another story.
Highpoints: Lobster bisque - excellent. Kobe beef sliders - great. The butter poached lobster was perfect. Spinach salad was very good.
Lowpoints - the steak. The rib eye was about 40% fat and gristle. The meat was flavorful tho. The other steaks were just ok.
The harvest salad had a tiny portion of greens topped by a mountain of apple and totally overdressed.
The sides: caramelized onions, sauteed potatoes, tater tots were so greasy they just weren't edible. The peas were raw and crunchy We sent them back to be cooked and they were replaced by equally raw ones.
Desserts were ok - again everything was very rich. Even the banana cream pie had a puff pastry crust. Yes I understand that this is a steakhouse but does everything have to taste like they poured an extra stick of butter on it.
The noise was just terrible. I had read that Barclay was a quite alternative to the Capital Grille - not true. They played loud rap style music with a heavy base booming all evening. We could not hear the person seated right next to us.
When we complained about it the waiter told us that they wanted to have a "hip" atmosphere. He definitely implied that we were old fogies.
We finally spoke with the manager who said ours was not a new complaint, he had heard it many times before... but not to expect any changes in that regard. To which we replied that he shouldn't expect us to ever return.
They turned down the music and we could finally converse normally while waiting for the check. Too little too late.
Dinner was $800 for 6 people including two modestly priced bottles of wine.