Not long ago, I took J to the Meetinghouse for his birthday. We had a fantastic meal, and everything was just perfect. We couldn't have been happier. Great wine list, heirloom tomato soup that I still think about, delicious entrees, and a dessert to die for. That evening, the service was perfect and everything just worked. We have been raving about it ever since.
Thinking back on it, the only *slight* issue of the evening was the reception. The restaurant is set up pretty funny for greeting guests, and you kind of feel like you are standing in the middle of the room as everyone bustles around you. That evening, we probably waited a minute or two, and it was kind of uncomfortable.
So when a friend - A. - was looking for a great place to go for her anniversary, J. suggested the Meetinghouse - hands down. She has been to many of the great places in the city, and this was one that she had never been to. Neither of us gave a second thought to suggesting it.
So, imagine my disappointment when I found out that the reception experience that they had on their special evening was so bad that they walked out! They walked into the Meetinghouse at the time of their reservation and were ignored ... for 10 minutes. Anyone who has been there knows that this is an incredibly long time to be standing in that tiny restaurant. Another couple came in, were immediately greeted, and were seated. When A. approached the hostess to ask when they would be seated, and why the other couple was seated so quickly, the hostess replied "oh - they are friends with the owner and we were told to treat them very well."
Ahhhh!!!! Anyone with half a brain should know that you don't say things like that to paying customers who are waiting for a table. A. and her husband promptly walked out and went somewhere else to dinner.
Now I am fairly grumpy about the Meetinghouse, and definitely won't be recommending it to others. And aside from that, embarrassed because I *hate* giving recommendations that go wrong - especially when it is for a special occasion.
I need to know - is this an isolated incident? Has anyone else had any similar experiences there?