After some initial trepidation after reading mixed reviews, finally got around to trying out The House on Melrose. Unfortunately, it was disappointing in several ways, and a poor value to boot.
The owner stopped by our table while we enjoyed the bread basket, which had fairly decent bread and a large baked pretzel. Butter served was good, almost margarine tasting and came with a side of mustard for the pretzel. I had the $11 lobster, corn,and avocado salad in a vanilla bean vinagrette. The corn was sweet and roasted, but the lobster did not taste very fresh -- disappointing quality for a high priced salad. However the vanilla been vinagrette worked well.
Then our meal started sliding downwards -- very slowly!. Our entrees took 1 hour to come out! It wasn't like the place was at capacity, in fact I counted at least 5 empty tables. Our party of four ordered the heirloom tomoto vegetarian plate, ribs, roasted lamb with figs, and the hot wing chicken. By the time our 1-hour wait came around it was a letdown. Portions were small as people mentioned. My "hot wing" chicken in blue cheese sauce was just one average-sized chicken breast, charred on the outside in a red "hot wing" sauce that tasted vaguely of blue cheese. On the side was some diced up cucumbers. My friend's lamb dish with figs was OK, and the serving was very small (about 5 small slices of the lamb). However, the ribs my friend ordered came out cold and I think Chicago for Ribs does a better version! Our waiter kept forgetting to leave us forks, and getting his attention was a challenge.
The owner comped my friend for the ribs and all our deserts for our extremely long wait. The huckleberry tart was good and tangy, but my tiny pot au chocolat was average. Even at that, dinner for 4 with 2 glasses of wine was over $150. A very poor value for such a mediocre experience.
I definitely would not recommend The House to anyone. Honestly, I don't understand what all the hype was about.