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First visit. Been meaning to get here forever (well, for at least a year, anyway). Really enjoyed the meal: clam "chowda", crab gallette, lobster, wild salmon, some of the best cheeses I've had in this country and the chocolate panna cotta--yum!

But I have to say, it wasn't up to the highest standards. The staff was everywhere, standing by to swoop in the moment the last morsel was off the plate--or sometimes before that--way too rushed. And the hot dishes, all of them, were just warm. Even the soup, which the waiter warned us was very hot, was the temperature you'd expect at the last spoonful, not the first.

Good? Yes. Great? No quite, at least not tonight.

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  1. We went there last year for New Year's eve dinner. The menu we read on line looked very promising. The former site of Patina was always a sentimental favorite of ours under it's prior incarnation. We were seated right away which I am always in favor of!!! But as each dish was served we received an extensive description of it's ingredients usually accompanied by a look from the server: "I dare you not to love this!" Well that's a hefty challenge so in the end like you we didn't really love anything, but we did like many dishes. The service was ultra-efficient also. I guess New Year's eve requires such efficiency from a restaurant offering multi-course meals with 2 sittings. But when we left the restaurant barely 1 1/2 hours after we entered we both felt sadly like losers