Finally had dinner last weekend at Dakota in Covington, after having heard good comments. While the space is attractive and comfortable, and the wait staff knowledgable and competent, the food just wasn't quite there for the price. The seafood beignet appetizer was way overrich and just barely cooked enough. The scallops were underdone and with a strange cumin-based sauce that was both weird and plain at the same time. The pork loin entree was a small puddle of barbeque sauce sharing the plate with 5 small slices of dry mediocore pork and an AGAIN underdone potato concoction. The creme brule was good. The bill was around $180 including tip for two, including 2 drinks each. For these prices, they could firm things up a bit.
Nuvolari's in old Mandeville was much better in both food quality and value. They serve a mix of seafood type stuff along with northern italian-ish cuisine. The calamari was perfect, as were the fish entree's and the bread. Service was a friendly, a tiny bit slow, but got better as the meal progressed. This place has been around forever. We had a nearly idential meal here as we had at Dakota, and the bill was about half.