Hearth or Mermaid inn
Girls' night -- 3 good friends -- want good food. wine and to talk
totally different price points and atmosphere.
hearth is a bit more somber...which is weird because i think theyre trying to do something upscale but downtown...it always is way quiet there. the food is merely ok...portions are quite large but its a bit expensive considering im never wowed by the food.
mermaid inn isnt amazing but its a solid choice and depending on the night, can be pretty bustling and fun. that said, they dont have a large oyster selection and i usually end up with the lobster sandwich...good fries and wine prices though.
I have not been to Hearth, but it generally gets good recognition on this board. I would not recommend Mermaid, the food is mediocre, space tight, and the noise can be deafening.
i was not impressed by hearth. i also didn't think the portions were large, especially for the price. i've never been to mermaid inn so i can't comment. is there a reason these are your only 2 options. there are so many good spots in the ev.