I'm really not one to post reviews on Chow. I'm more of a lurker- doing my research, keeping tabs, and nodding my head in agreement. But I had to tell about two very disappointing experiences.
Both were lunches, and while we knew that we weren't looking for 5star lunches, we left feeling empty.
The first was at The Slipway. The service was awful- the host greeted us without so much as a smile, and didn't bring us a highchair, even though we asked for one. We wound up having to fetch it ourselves. We then had to wait for 10 minutes while we listened to the 2 waitpeople figure out who was going to get our table. The menu was small, and expensive. When I asked what was in the salad (which just read as 'greens') I was told that it had peppers, corn, cabbage, etc. Why didn't they put that on the menu?? It came out on a plate and I swear it held no more than 1 cup's worth of salad. The crab on top was excellent, although I did bite a shell. The rest of the food was tasty, yet the portions were small. We had to ask (and wait) for the check. And while I'm at it, I thought that the fact that this place had a wine list that was twice as long as it's menu was a little much.
The second lunch was at The Pearl. We walked in at 11:40, was told they didn't open until 12, but we could have a drink. I had a salty dog, and my husband had the world's worst mojito. We had to wait until 12 for menus. We ordered 6 oysters, and 6 littlenecks (one of which was bad), and had to wait 15 minutes for it. The waitress never came back to ask us how it was, or to even ASK us for our lunch order!! She actually came to the table w. our check in hand. I was fully ready to spend an afternoon, eating and grazing, but was so irritated that we left. We were 1 of maybe 4 tables there, and the owner was even there (working the bar), and not once did I feel taken care of. So we left and had some delicious burgers and root beer at Owl's Head Gen Store.