Had wine/cheese in the bar and dinner at the Caucus Room last night. The bar was nicely populated on a friday at happy hour time; not too crowded for comfort though. The cheese was nice; they had about 8 choices and we selected 4. The bar tender let us order the plate for one ($12) which was plenty since we were going in to dinner. The cheese was still a nice portion for us to share, and had spiced walnuts & honey on the plae and a sliced baguette. Went in to dinner about 7 and the dining room was almost empty (except for a tourist couple in JEANS, tennies & t shirts....why do people go to a place like this dressed like that??) I mean, yes, they will let you in but when you walk in and look around i would think most people would be like, "oh, this is a really nice place, maybe we'd better go to Fuddrucker's in our reeboks?"
In any case, despite the emptiness of the dining room and the large number of waitstaff in residence, we still had to flag someone down for water & the wine list. We ordered a really nice spicy Paradox Zin and then they brought some bread. (wine was too warm, it obviously isn't stored in a cellar type room) Hubby had shrimp cocktail (huge prawns which he said were really delicious) and after a while our entrees came. He had a filet and i had tenderloin medalions. Both arrived as ordered (we just say "pink" because the other common terms mean different things at different steak joints). The side of shrooms was HUGE, and tasty in a wine sauce. I ate one medallion and took home the other one along with the rest of the shrooms and about 1/3 of hubby's filet. Food was good, not the best ever, and the service was spotty. People started arriving as time wore on but i was suprised how few diners were there on a friday night. Probably won't go back; would rather spend that kind of $ at Capital Grille next time i want steak (which is about twice a year!!) So, i'd recommend the bar for happy hour wine and cheese, but i'd skip dinner there. I mean it wasnt heinous or anything but at those prices i expect a really stellar experience like you can get at a place like C.G.