Sage or Grotto for 2 person semi romantic bday.
Sorry if this has been rehashed before.
Trying to choose between the two for dinner tomorrow night.
Haven't been to either spot. I was initially leaning toward Sage, but it seems like the new local, isn't as nice.
Thanks in advance for your insight.
My personal preference is for Grotto - especially in terms of atmosphere/ambiance. If Sage was still in their old space it would be a closer call, IMO, but the new Sage space just doesn't strike me at all as romantic (or semi-romantic!).
I also love the food at Grotto and like the food at Sage. (The gnocchi with short ribs and mushroom risotto at Grotto are among my favorites anywhere)
I have never been to Grotto but recently visited Sage for a similar event. The food was good but the space was not romantic at all. High ceiling, brick walls, photos on a wall which were not interesting, tables bizzarely spaced (some too far apart, some too close together), very ugly floor, indifferent server. I wouldn't recommend Sage.
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We ended up going to Grotto, pretty much right on the money. Gnocchi, very good.
Duck, excellent. Fondue, very good. Service, noticeably quick, efficient, friendly. The room was good, maybe a little more crowded and loud than I had anticipated. Not really a negative, just not a little busier than I thought it would be. All in all very good.
I would definantly go with Grotto, Sage has good food, but I would use the word great for Grotto and Grotto has the ambiance you are looking for.