Interesting experience - and I must say everything I've read on the chatboard was confirmed. The food was impressive - the service was most assuredly not.
Arrived around 7 for dinner with my sister. A hostess sittest us, and around 10 minutes later another hostess came by and asked if we were ready to order. It appeared that they were maybe short-staffed, but hard to tell. Nothing compared to Tosca at lunch yesterday. Our waiter there was a constant presence, not intrusive, but always around if you had a question. Same with the assistant waiters at Tosca.
The food was good but not earth shattering. I started with the corn soup, my sister - the tomato soup. Both were rich and good. According to the hostess, the corn soup was made with lobster stock - nice touch.
For the main, my sister had the sea bass, I - the roast chicken. Both were good, but I don't think the chicken lived up to the hype that I had read - the breast was a little dry and the meat wasn't that flavorful. (Honestly - does anybody know where in DC one get get really good roast chicken?) I had amazing chicken at East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Mass. and have yet to find anything near as good in DC)
Desserts were clearly a winner. The chocolate-hazelnut bars were both great, same with the chocolate tarts with bananas.