After much anticipation built through word of mouth, we went to the Back Eddy the other night and were disappointed. The overall vibe was nice and unique in a good way, and the view as well, as advertised. However:
Food: Some reasonably creative preparations but uneven execution and over-priced for what we got. Oysters were very good. Stuffed clams too spicy, no way to identify any clam in the mix. My oven-roasted cod tasted a bit off and was a bit dried out, as though it was not that fresh to start with and had sat on under the heat lamp too long. Tomatoes in my companions salad were awful, much too ripe, past their prime. His pork tenderloin was (just) OK, better the accompanying wild mushroom bread pudding. Oddly, there was no regular bread to be had at any price, unfortunate since my cod sauce was perfect for mopping up. Corn bread was available a la carte. From what I had read about the focus on local foods, including cheeses, I expected a selection of local cheeses to be available -- that was wrong. Some of the wines by the glass were too sweet in their category or in one case a white seemed a bit off as well.
Service: My stuffed clam appetizer arrived ages after my companion's salad. He had time for a stroll along the dock. As mentioned, I don't think that our mains were picked up early enough, giving the cod time to cook under the heat lamp too long. All a bit out of kilter, although friendly.
We would go back, but it was a 3 out of 5, not the 4 or 5 we were expecting. Some Trip Advisor reviews are consistent with this. Was it just a bad night for them? What do others think? I really wanted to love the place.
1 Bridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790