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Casa Solar - Belmar


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Casa Solar - Belmar

bgut1 | Jan 13, 2008 06:26 PM

Me and and the Mrs. finally made it over to Casa Solar on Saturday. The restaurant had come recommended by several friends so we were looking forward to see what everyone was talking about. We made a reservation for 7:30 PM hoping to avoid the weekend entertainment (which interestingly never occured). We arrived to find the restaurant slightly over half full and we were somewhat disappointed to be seated in a very small two topper against the wall. From there on (until the end of the meal) everything went pretty well. We were delivered a nice basket of warm bread with a dip containing olive oil, vinegar, fried garlic and sun dried tomatoes. So far so good. We then presented our server with a bottle of red we had brought along and asked for them to make sangria for us. Shortly thereafter a carafe containing the sangria with diced fruit was presented at no charge. The sangria was excellent save for the omission of ice which took several requests of the server to obtain. This service issue was a portent of service issues to come in the evening. Here is were I am conflicted about this restaurant. The food was excellent however the service left a lot to be desired. This was especially true after we just finished our entrees and the restaurant started to fill up. It was clear that the staff was "in the weeds" and couldn't handle the influx of patrons. This was sad as we had truly enjoyed our meal. I was looking forward to dessert but the waiter took at least 25 minutes to return to our table from the time of removing our entree plates (more like I flagged him - who knows how long I would have waited otherwise). Upon confronting our server (who I believe may have been the manager), the gentlemen quickly recited the desserts instead of handing us a list. Feeling a bit uncomfortable at that point we declined coffee and dessert and left (we subsequently left and enjoyed both at the bar at Nicholas). Our general feeling once we left was the food was very good however we would never again return on a weekend night, especially during the summer. Oh I almost forgot the meal. We started with an excellent beet and goat cheese salad with green beens. Think very thick slices of freshly prepared beets along with nice chunks of goat cheese. While I would've appreciated the kitchen splitting the plate we really enjoyed this one. Next, we tried the guava glazed ribs (truly to die for as the menu notes - falling off the bone good) and the tuna ceviche (excellent although it could've used a bit of salt). For entrees I had the rack of lamb while the DW had the Churrasco (sliced flank steak with thick cut sweet potato fries). While my lamb was perfect my DW thought her steak had a bit too much garlic (a fact I confirmed). I was also a little disappointed in the portion of the steak provided in comparison to the generous serving of lamb. As I noted above, all in all the foood was very good however the service could've been much more improved. Total cost for the above was $92 exclusive of gratuity. Good Luck.

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