I've read a few posts on Sparks and heard some similar issues noted so maybe I should have read first. Our party of 5 dined there last night. After driving past all the busy chain restaurants along the way we were surprised to see Sparks was not busy (6:30 pm). It did fill up as the dinner went on - later crowd. The host and hostess were very friendly as was the waiter.
We shared Calamari app which was good - served very quickly too. Served on a bed of greens with cherry peppers and sauce on the bottom of the bowl.
Two of us ordered Clam chowder only to have the waiter return later and tell us they ran out and now had Corn chowder...I think he goofed and told us the wrong chowder (rather he would have admitted it). I replaced my Chowder with a Caesar Salad. It was bland and dry.
Bread was warm and delish. Oil was dredged with too much balsamic. Couldn't taste the oil.
Entrees - Everything prior to the entrees was served quickly. Time between Salad and entrees was around 45 minutes.
One order for Mahi was immediately shut down - oops forgot to tell us that was not available. Replaced with Salmon - decent meal.
Halibut was bland with a medley of veggies in sauce as a bed - fair at best. Luke Warm.
Kobe Burger - ordered Medium, got medium rare. Served with iceburg lettuce, pickle spear, and sundried tomato - sundried tom was a nice addition but otherwise mediocre. Fries were luke warm and average
Rotisserie Chicken was overcooked, dry, gravy was tasty but why so much? Oh yeah, the chicken was overcooked. Skin was soggy.
Penne Pasta with Shrimp - fair. Conglomeration of ingredients with no standout star. Just there.
So, not a great experience punctuated by a $180.00 bill before tip. $40.00 of the bill was drinks. An overpriced meal with a lack of attention to detail. I found it odd that the waiter kept filling our water but running out before he finished and had to keep coming back. I don't mind visits at all but shouldn't they be meaningful and planned (bring a full pitcher). He also failed to notice that 4 of 5 plates were half full when he took them - never asked if we wanted to pack them up or wondered why we didn't finish. Just took them away.
That is my story and I'm sticking to it.