I can't get into too much depth here at work but I was so thoroughly unimpressed with everything I'll give a quick summary. I never bother to write negative reviews but there's a first time for everything.
Firstly the menu has never looked exciting to me but I'd heard from 2 friends that it was great so we gave it a shot. I ran by my choices with the waitress and she gave me her opinions.
The bread they served with olive oil was totally second rate. If the bread comes with oil and vinegar it should be a crispy chewy italian peasant style. Not a soft american style sesame bread with a heavy yellow center. Even worse it came 10 minutes after we sat, I had to ask her to bring it.
Roasted Tomato Gazpacho - It was salad dressing. I ate a bowl of very vinegary, over salted thick salad dressing. It was an 1/8th of an inch deep and cost $8. This was the worst item we had.
Braised Heirloom Pork Crustini - Firstly they used the word heirloom in about 6 other descriptions. (pork chops, radishes, etc). This slow food local thing has just turned into a pathetic marketing ploy. Anyway the pork it self was good enough, it came on a very long piece of toasted crustini with dandelion leaves. However the greens were the same length as the toast and since you couldn't bite through them it pulled all the pork off. It would've been nice to cut it but since the waitress hadn't brought us a fork or knife and we were starying we made use of the gazpacho spoons to scoop up the shredded pork.
Steamed clams in bacon chamomile broth. This was alright. The clams were good, the broth was nice with the pork flavor but the chunks of bacon were soo extremely salty even I couldn' eat them which is saying alot considering my vanity plates are "MMMBACON" (not kidding). Chamomile would have brought a nice airy lightness to the bacon but you couldn't taste it and trying to eat the herb which was on the stem was impossible as you couldn't bite through the stem.
Chopped cowboy steak with new potatoes and spinach - this was the highlight. Basically a high end burger. I was impressed with how it was cooked, crispy and charred on the outside and perfectly pink throught the entire middle which couldn't have been easy to do. The potatoes were ok and the spinach was good as is any spinach covered in a tasty grease. So it was good, was it $18 good, not quite.
So the food was rather meh after I had heard so many good things from friends. The decor was interesting, but confused.But the unimpressed feeling I could have walked out with was turned into anger thanks to the service. It could not have been worse. The lackadaisical waitresses who didn't bother to bring cutlery, refill our water or ask how the food was really ticked me off. Even when we we clearly unhappy and asked for the check she walked by 5 times over 5 minutes before it came and never said a word. I don't need to be doted on but they were flat out ambivalent. Taking it nice and slow in a half full restaurant on a Monday night. I've NEVER been one to make a point by going low on the tip but since no one asked me how me meal was the only way to express it was with a 5% tip. A really bad tip makes more of a statement than nothing IMHO. I wouldn't want them to think I was a clueless tourist.
Not going back, obviously. They don't deserve a second chance. Even worse we; decided to give this place a try when on a Monday night we could've easily gone to Degaustation or Prune without a wait.
I wish I hadn't written this, now I'm in a bad mood again.