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Jan 18, 2009 07:51 AM

Ross' Dockside, Sea Bright??

Has anyone eaten there recently? Thoughts? Reviews?

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  1. I've eaten there many times during the summer months. The food is usually good to very good. Some dishes are stronger than others (scallops, clams always excellent).

    Last month, we dined there midweek and vowed never to return in the off season. We were the only diners in the restaurant area. The bartender served us so service was less than perfect (she tried hard, but the bar stool occupants had her immediate attention).

    I ordered the Dockside apple salad as I always do. It came without the candied pecans, which probably is the part of the salad that drives the cost to $7. We shared deviled eggs. For $5, we got 4. They were good. I ordered the half a Cornish game hen. My husband had a seafood paella special, which he really liked. My sides of mashed potatoes and green beans were delicious; the green beans were al dente, the way I like them. As soon as I cut into my hen, the smell of bad poultry was evident. Not only was it bad, but it was not cooked.

    Our bartender/server was horrified and took the plate away. After a few minutes, she returned with a man who I think was a maitre d' (MIA before this point). They said they would cook another hen for me. I said no, if one was bad, likely the other would be too. She said of course, I'll bring you the chicken franchaise (she helped me choose between the two poultry entrees earlier). He looked at me as if I had two heads. No offer was made to hold or replace my husband's dish. The kicker: they charged me for the franchaise, which was $2 more than the hen.

    I searched in vein for Ross's email address so I could tell him of our experience.

    You have better choices in Sea Bright.

    4 Replies
    1. re: fershore

      If you go to the website there is a link to sign up for Ross's Club. The e-maul link has a questions/comment box. You can probably use that to let them know about the issues. Bad poultry is a major issue. There is no way the chef was not aware! You can't miss that smell.

      1. re: fershore

        wow what a strange experience food decent management in melltdown pissed off customers across the place, very inept and toxic waiter Andrew who created the carnage, have gone there since they opened never again. must have new asleep at the wheel owners. bsrtenders are the only redeeming thing

      2. A friend and I had a pre-holiday get together at Ross's Dockside in December. It was a miserably rainy Tuesday night and we had the place to ourselves. It was a lousy night and I wouldn't have blamed anyone for not venturing out.

        We each had a glass Primitivo, then scallops with risotto and some little bit of creamed corn. *Pretty* good but not real good, scallops somewhat over-cooked, not slaughtered but not right, risotto a little too toothy, corn almost non-existent. I wouldn't say that it was a $26 dish (except that it was $26).

        I'm sorry this place isn't better. I like the owners. Mrs. R was our server that evening, a sweet gal. But it just misses the mark. I don't know how they will make it.