To everyone who responded to my inquiry earlier this week regarding Mermaid Inn dining suggestions --- THANKS!
Had dinner at Mermaid Inn last night and here's my thoughts:
* Great space
* Great wait service (I cannot emphasize this enough -- this is a great crew, from hostess to busboy)
* Really good food
* Horrible cooling system (the fact that it was close to 100 degrees yesterday is no excuse. They have got to get this problem rectified)
For appetizers we started off with the mussels (found these to be very bland and disappointing)and fried oysters (perfectly done and delicious). I had the Lobster Sandwich for dinner. I enjoyed it, but thought it could have used a bit more Lobster Meat, and the Old Bay fries could have used alot more Old Bay spice. Nevertheless, both sandwich and fries were very well done. Along with dinner we had a bottle of Mersault which was phenomenally priced at $45, and just a perfect selection. I highly recommend it.
Prior to dinner we had a few drinks at the bar. Needing something cool after walking 6 blocks in the heat, I asked the bartender to make a suggestion and soon found myself socking down a few Cosmo's. While pricey at $9 apiece (KettleOne Vodka), they were probably the best I've had -- tart, not sweet -- the way a Cosmo should be.
Nice space and nice bar crowd, but the acoustics in the front room are HORRIBLE. I would highly suggest NOT dining in the front room, if it can be avoided.
Overall, a nice dining experience. If you like seafood, I definitely suggest checking Mermaid Inn out!