I've always loved East Coast Grill in the past, but hadn't been in about a year after moving to the 'burbs. Went back last night with some friends who just moved to the area. I was so embarassed that I recommended the place! One of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long time.
Seating was not a problem, food was... ok, and the service was terrible. Our waitress took our drink orders and brought drinks promptly, but after that she disappeared. We waited about half an hour for our orders to be taken and she only came by because we asked a server to find her. The restaurant wasn't even packed.
The fried oysters app came cold with a side of extremely salty broccoli rabe. The entrees were delivered to our table, minus mine. I waited and waited while digging at my mashed sweet potato side. My husband's side salad never made it to our table and his "trio" bbq platter came with only 2 items. When he asked the server, she asked him to dig around his plate to see what was on it, then determined that what was missing were the ribs (shouldn't this be obvious? the ribs were big). The bbq and my friend's blackboard special bluefish were excellent. However, her $24.50 bluefish came on only a bed of fried potatoes. My dinner was good, but not the memorable deliciousness I've had in the past. When it came time for the bill, it was given to us, but no one came back to pick it up. So we waited some more... again... for over half an hour, the whole time trying to catch a glimpse of our waitress or someone who could ring it up for us. In the end, my husband spotted her standing around the register and walked up to hand her our bill. A very disappointing night overall.
Was it just a really off night or has it gone downhill?