Their service is phenomenal! My Fiance & I go there every special occasion that gives us the excuse to go. There has been times we waited a bit, but we wasn't there to 'rush' our dinner or 'complain' about a few minutes. This particular place has everything that's worth the wait. If you are looking for fast food, hit up McDonald's or AppleBee's. If you are looking for exquisite Food & Wine, this is the place to sit and enjoy your time with friends, business associates, or your partner in life. Please do not listen to this 5 paragraph buffoon (Fred), find out for yourself! Is it class? You bet your ass! Their Calamari Appetizer is something you would never expect until you have had it! The Seared Tuna melts in your mouth! Go there, enjoy your time and don't look for negativity! Look for atmosphere!
The food was very good. We started with the scallops appetizer which were good. My husband got the surf and turf which also came with a potatoe cake which he thoroughly enjoyed. I got the ahi tuna with the wasabi mashed potatoes, which was delicious. Would love to go there again!
I am, unabashedly, a foodie, and a big tent foodie, at that. There were signs early on (the refusal to eat Brussels Sprouts and Tomato Aspic comes to mind), but it became crystal clear after my divorce, when I found I could good much better than she, and was just starting. She, of course, did some things well, and if I live long enough, I'll find one. But, moving on.
As a foodie, several things in a food experience are important to me - the food, the service, ambiance, all play a part. One thing I decided quiet awhile back, was that I would not suffer poor service to obtain good food. This restaurant is the perfect example of that situation.
We arrived a little after 6 PM. and there were already about 8 or so tables occupied. We ordered and were served our drinks. 30 minutes later and we had still not received our appetizers, and several tables that came in after us, had already been served. When we ask if there was a problem, we were simply told our appetizers were coming up now. Bottom line - it took over 40 minutes to get the.
It took another 40 minutes to get our entrees, and I ask to see the manager. He told us that they always run an early bird special, and those were always served first, and that was why others were being served ahead of us. When I told him I didn't care for that, and would like to have known before we ordered because we would have simply left. He said they had been doing this for years, it worked for them, and they weren't about to change because one customer didn't like it.
Rarely have I encountered such arrogance, even with restaurants, which can be full of themselves sometimes. The food here is pretty good, not great, but pretty good, but I won't be coming back here. I have far too many excellent choices for my dining dollars
Woke up this morning thinking about the excellent dinner we had last night at 1618. It was absolutely the best meal we have eaten in a long time. My husband eats in fabulous restaurants throughout the US and he was suprised by the quality. He had the trout with fried green tomatoes while I enjoyed the beef tenderloin with spaghetti squash served over risotto. The combination of flavors was excellent. We even had our 4 year old with us and they were happy to be simplify and make something he would eat. The whole experience was enjoyable....the quirky artwork, the creative menu, and the extensive list of wines and beer. We will look forward to our next trip to Greensboro which will definitely include dinner at 1618.
Located in a renovated fire station, 1618 serves a variety of seafood dishes in innovative ways, along with a few beef, poultry and pork dishes. The decor takes a bit of getting used to - modern with an Asian touch - and some of the plates come from the kitchen with that modern Asian look too. A highlight is the three-course fixed priced special available early evenings Sunday through Thursday. Currently (April 2007) it's a steal at $12.95. I've have an excellent salmon served over asparagus and risotto cake and the excellent pan-fried flounder with haricots verde over mashed potatoes (which, sadly, were a touch watery and bland). Wines are served by the bottle and glass, with four pour sizes and prices. An excellent idea! Do try the chocolate mousse for dessert. Burt's used to be Greensboro's seafood heaven, but Burt's isn't what it was since it moved several years ago. 1618 does a far better job.
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