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0/8 Seafood Grill in Bellevue

ACleverGuy | Dec 30, 200702:50 PM

When we entered we were a little confused as to whether this was a sports bar (people whooping and hollering at the game on TV) a casual hotel eatery or fine dining restaurant. Luckily we were seated in an adjoining room which had a more sophisticated ambiance.

We'd heard Chef Dan on his KVI radio show and read some good reviews which encouraged us to come for a Saturday night dinner. The waiter was friendly and attentive, but couldn't make up for the overrated and overpriced food.

The martinis were huge, even priced at $12 each. However they arrived a good 15 minutes before we were served water or bread.

The wine list was quite extensive; we ordered one of the wine flights which was presented by the waiter by reading to us the winery and vintage off the menu. He didn't seem extremely knowledgeable about the wine.

The tempura asparagus and shrimp appetizer was tasty, but lukewarm. The beet salad was bursting with many great flavors; although the Caesar salad greens were very fresh, the dressing was sparse and not very flavorful.

Most of the dishes were not served by the waiter, but by a food runner who plopped down the dishes without much flair. No fresh ground pepper was offered for the salads until asked.

I ordered the 8 oz. filet mignon in peppercorn sauce, the quality of which I'd stack up against any steakhouse in town. But the $35 crab legs "add-on" were an embarrassment, served without a seafood fork or lemon. Not only was the portion small for the price, but I would not expect a seafood restaurant of that caliber to serve FROZEN crab legs. What's more, the temperature at which they were served was cold-approaching-frozen.

Upon telling the waiter who checked on us about 10 minutes after being served, the crab legs were taken away and the chef appeared another 10 minutes later who apologized and gave us another full portion of crab legs. By then we'd finished most of our entrees. The crab legs were hot but ridiculously salty. They tasted more like crab legs you'd get from Red Lobster than a fine dining restaurant...let alone for THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS extra.

The accompanying maytag blue cheese mashed potatoes were good, but again arrived lukewarm.

Our grilled salmon was very tasty, but arrived with the wrong sauce. By that time we just were ready to eat and get out of there.

Was our experience an anomaly or is this place just overrated and overpriced?

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