Our dear Newton friends have been wanting us to come out to their neighborhood restaurant for years. We chose our mutual birthdays as a chance to go to 51 Lincoln. We made a reservation several weeks in advance for 7:45 on a Saturday. When we got there our table was not available. The party at what would have been our table (for a party of seven), that had been there since 5:30, was no where near ready to leave. The front of the house was not sympathetic to us. They even said that they are a popular restaurant and what did we expect? We could go elsewhere. I can understand the staff wanting to be respectful to their diners seated at the table, but could they be respectful to the customers waiting for their reservation to be fulfilled?
We were finally seated 45 minutes past our reserved time. The waiter was apologetic. When we ordered, they were out of some of the items we were looking forward to. We found the food to be mediocre and overpriced. To add insult, our entrees arrived at 9:45, a full two hours after when we should have been seated.
We were comped dessert and my friend was given a gift card. A later communication with the owner came up short of an apology and he said that the hostess was uncomfortable with her interactions with our party.
Not worth the trip. We should have stayed in our own neighborhood.
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