I had one of the best, most pleasant dining experiences at this restaurant, which reopened on Union Street bet. Columbia and Hicks after years on Atlantic, a few months ago with a group of friends. We were not aware they didn't serve wine at the time, so we sent one of our own out to find some. The experience was so fine, so sweet, pleasant aand leisurely that one of the group made reservations for her 49th birthday dinner there and last night a group of friends gathered.
I just have to say that I had one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a lonnnggg time. First we had five bottles of wine and champagne with us--to wit, the manager-owner immediately accosted us to tell us they now sold alcohol and had called each reservation to tell them so. One friend, a restauranteur herself and the one who made the reservations, was certain she had not been called--she made the reservations only four prior ago and double-checked on the BYOB policy.
The snarky manager-owner said that while we could open our fist bottle, the champagne, for free, we must purchase all subsequent wine from the restaurant, even though we bought it from LeNell's, just as they did.
Additionally, our reservation for 8 people nabbed us a very crowded table for 6. We ordered all the appetizers, which were delicious. But, our entrees came and one of us was without our meal--the same entree, cooked the same as many of the rest of us. We had to ask for an extra plate to share with our friend until her filet mignon came, and when it did, she was already full. My friends were disappointed by the too fatty duck with red cabbage instead of the advertised berries, and the filet mignon, while very good meat, was medium well rather than medium rare, the mashed potatoes cold and the sting beans well-seasoned, but overcooked.
Our server took good care, trying not to make the experience go from bad to worse, but the the creepy manager-owner was skulking around the entire time, watching us to make sure she received her "corking fee" of 8 bucks for the one bottle of red we decided to open, no more simply not to cause the birthday girl any more agita.
I personally won't be stepping foot in the place again.