I love Chestnut Hill but have always been disappointed with their restaurants. My husband and I headed out to Chestnut Hill this past Saturday and had a great time.
We had dinner at Cafe Barcelona and I highly recommend it. It is very small, with a shabby-chic atmosphere, and good if you are confortable sitting elbow to elbow with the other diners. service was a little slow, but extremely friendly. The menu includes a nice selection of traditional spanish tapas, a handful of entrees, and some salads and sandwiches. We shared a bunch of tapas and a paella. Tapas were very good, very homestyle tasting (i.e. not high concept like you's find at an upscale place like Amada). The standouts were goat cheese wrapped in ham and sauteed calamari in garlic and olive oil. The paella was tasty but not great, it seemed as if the rice was simply mixed with the meat and seafood after the fact (instead of baked together). We had very good perfiteroles for dessert. Our billl came to only $51, which is a geat value. It is a BYO so we split a bottle of wine. We will definitely go back.
We were thirsty for an after dinner drink so we headed over to the bar at the Chestnut Hill Hotel for a few drinks. We have gone ther on a few occasions on the past but, after Saturday, I will never go back. It was well after 9:00 when we got there, and it was fairly crowded because the game was on. A sever asked if we were having dinner and we responded we were just going to sit at the bar for drinks. My husband found an empty seat at the bar and as we were walking over, the "manager" tapped me on the shoulder, pointed to the door, and said "the exit is that way". Very rude. It was as if they did not want our business if we were only buying drinks.
Of course, we left, and headed over to Solaris. WE had some delicous martinis and the service was great. We spent nearly $50 so I'm glad that the Chestnut Hill Hotel did not get any of that money!