We'll be visiting relatives in Biddeford in October, and would like to take them out to dinner on the Saturday night. They know good food; he's a retired innkeeper/chef. They wouldn't be comfortable if we took them someplace too fancy (eg, The White Barn). (Not that they wouldn't be comfortable in the atmosphere; we know they just won't be happy if we spend in that category.) I'm a vegetarian who will eat fish but prefers not to. Everyone else is an omnivore.
A search of this board and elsewhere led me to Bandaloop, which sounds like just our kind of place: good food and drink, reasonable prices, organic/local ingredients, nice location, casual atmosphere.
However, I just read a Trip Advisor review that said the service has gotten just awful -- discourteous, running out of ingredients, way-too-long waits, etc., etc. The last thing we want to do is treat our guests to an evening of good food but bad service.
One other consideration: noise level. Since we haven't seen our relatives in several years, we'd like to be able to talk. Reasonable noise is fine; a pounding bass line at 98 decibels, not so much.
So, can anyone who's been to Bandaloop recently advise on whether this is a good choice or not?
Other places we're considering are Joshua's (in Wells) and The Kennebunkport Inn (more traditional, I realize).
Any chowhoundish advice would be most appreciated. Thank you!
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