What a disaster; Last night, dined with three other couples for our traditional, year-end feast which has taken place at the ever-reliable and festive Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley for the past many years. It wasn't long before we all rued the decision to change venues.
8:30 reservation, not seated until 9:30 and although the manager indicated many times that our table was "almost ready," not once, before or after we were seated, did he offer us appetizers or something to tide everyone over. First morsel of food (bread) hit the table at 10pm.
Portions were ridiculously small and while the food was tasty, $200 per couple (we brought our own wine....) for decent food and some of the worst service we've ever experienced at a "high-end" restaurant was outrageous. Maybe it was an off night but rather than burning another $200 bill, next time we'll go back to old reliable (the Buckeye) or choose a place where the manager and staff have been schooled on how to treat a group that's dropping over $1k for a special night out.
Maybe they figure the view/location will make up for the crap service. My suggestion: Pick up a picnic lunch or dinner in Mill Valley or Sausalito some Spring or Summer night, bring a blanket, an iPod and some speakers.... eat while enjoying the spectacular scenery -- after writing a $200 check to your favorite charity!