I should've known when we walked in at noon on a Friday and only one table was eating here and the hostess (who turned out to be our waitress) looked at with a deer in the headlights look that impending disaster was right up ahead. The seafood chowder we spilt was very good....creamy texture chock full of large but tender clam pieces, though maybe a bit heavy on smokey bacon. 15 or 20 minutes later my mate's coffee crusted tuna salad came out, and loked great. We never found the shaved fennel supposedly in this salad (and the main reason she ordered it) but this was the least of our concerns.
Perhaps 5-8 minutes later MY entree arrived (I guess they can only make things one at a time here). Our ice teas never arrived nor did water refills. A manager-type person took some tables as a few more came in. By this time our water glasses were empty and no refills were offered, if in fact we could get our server's attention.
Finally, we flagged down our waiter for our bill, after a 10 minutes lull with empty plates, empty glasses and napkins atop to signify "S.O.S." When our bill arrived, we had been billed for the iced teas. I asked for these to be removed. When our waiter returned she dropped off our bill with SOME ONE ELSE'S credit card.
The other people, it turned out, were the ones we could see hanging out at the host stand for 5 or 10 minutes trying to get THEIR card back apparently. This incident coupled with the very audible banter between kitchen and wait staff ("hey I need you to go run an errand and pick something up" "well, I'm the only one on the floor and there's no busser" "So?" etc etc etc) made for an uncomfortable experience. The topper though was the fact that my credit card was billed not once, not twice, but with THREE separate and different charges adding up to about $100. This for a luncheon for two with no beverages. Our vote is a resounding thumbs down, regardless of interesting menu items.
Great view over the Columbia River, the food was not so good, the service was very slow (not becuase they were busy, and it was not cheap, i would give it another try if someone else would foot the bill, i really don't have an extra $75 to waist on a bad meal!
Have never had a poor dining experience at this restaurant. Gracious owner and very hospitable staff. The view is simply the best in Astoria. Also, due to their location, they are convenient to the Liberty Theatre, which has been given historical significance and currently is undergoing renovation. They also are located right on the Waterfront Trolley line and Riverfront walking trail. I plan to utilize their private dining room in the near future. I strongly recommend this dining experience.
I Have visited here a few times, they have excellent mixed drinks but the food is awful.. The view of the Columbia is to die for.. so if visiting I suggest get a drink and sit and watch.. skip the food here. On the last visit and friend and I got food poisioning from their shrimp.. which were too few for too $$ even for an "upscale" restaurant. The service is good though, and is more secluded than some restaurants in the area, but with still an open feel
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