My wife and I had our anniversary dinner there last night (against my better judgement, based on internet reviews) and man oh man was it bad. The atmosphere is quite nice, the service pretty good, but the food, well, it was awful. I had mussels as an appetizer, which were tasty but had very little panache- just little mussels sitting in their shells, marinated. The small bit of arugula salad which accompanied them was delicious. My wife had the scallops-app, which was bad. Scallops were cooked o.k., but had little flavor, and the fava bean salad was full of practically RAW beans! I don't know if this was intentional, but the result was terrible.
The entrees are where the meal REALLY got bad. My wife had the shrimp with grits(I think) and collared greens. The shrimp was poorly cooked and unseasoned- it tasted o.k., as shrimp does, but was not in any way special. The grits/greens combo was quite good.
I had the hangar steak, and let me tell you it was the worst piece of meat I've eaten at a restaurant in as long as I can remember. It was tough, overcooked (I asked for it medium rare), grisly, flavorless, disgusting. I literally spit huge chunks of it out onto the plate (sorry for the visual). It came with some kind of smoky-mash thingy, which tasted rank, and steamed broccoli. Now, I'm a fan of broccoli, but this was just PLAIN STEAMED BROCCOLI- you know- the kind you make at home. I'm sorry, but at $26 for this entree, I expected a little more "wow" factor.
It was a horrendous meal, and I really don't say that lightly.
Running a restaurant is very hard and I would never disparage something that didn't merit it. It's as if the owners put all their efforts into the design of the place with nary a thought for the food. Again: awful.
What's worse is that my wife and I know the owners personally and could have had the entire meal comped, but we didn't want to go that route and just kind of snuck in unannounced. Kind of wish we hadn't, tbh- last night's meal would've been easier to take had it been free.