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Mar 11, 2009 08:29 AM

eventide in clarendon?

we have reservations on friday night — has anyone been yet? know what's good and what ain't?

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  1. I haven't been, but Sietsema did a First Bite column on it just today.

    1. I walked by Eventide last night and was wondering the same thing!!! I peaked inside and the decor seemed nice (from what I could see) and it was definitely lively around happy hour. The menu looked good...looking forward to the replies.

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      1. re: joann.hill12

        Needs more time. I tried the bar food and cocktails. Drinks were too strong and not very tasty. Presentation of food and drinks were bland and unappetizing. Our server agreed with some of our disappointments which was odd. It felt rushed and not thoroughly thought through. They have a beautiful bar though. I hope the food upstairs is better! I will go back in a few months when they have had time to tweak the low points.

      2. just got back and were more impressed than the former diner, though we ate in the dining room and not in the bar.

        we started off with the scallops, which were fantastic — but the serving only came with one big scallop and one little scallop. Portion size was very disappointing. The buttermilk biscuits were divine — flaky, melt-in-your-mouth, everything a biscuit should be. Lobster tagliatelle had a generous dosage of lobster, think i had at least 8 bites plus four meatballs, tossed in a buttery sauce with a touch of lemon. The BF had the new york strip with fingerling potatoes and these incredible little pearl onions. his dinner was better than mine, but not by much. both of our entrees were very impressive.

        the best part was that the tables were all spaced out very well....we were at least four feet from our fellow diners on any side, and it was quite a relief. the food was good (not amazing) but that coupled with the roominess made for one comfortable meal. will probably be back.

        1. Let me start this off by saying, “I’ll never patronize this establishment again.” I went on a Friday evening to celebrate my birthday with two close friends. We had made 6:30 p.m. reservations and had planned to catch up, order a couple bottles of wine and enjoy ourselves.

          The two of us got there early and sat at the bar to enjoy cocktails. The cocktails were over priced and not very good! We let the hostess know that the third person in our party was running late and the hostess assured us that it wouldn’t be a problem (we were to alert her when our third person arrived). Fifteen minutes later, she did arrive.

          We were escorted to our table upstairs in the dining room. As we were settling into our table a man greeted us to say, “You were late getting up here, so we’re going to need you to move it along.” This had to be a joke, right? No, he was serious and he was the manager. This was not only off-putting to me, but the other two ladies that accompanied me. As we were leaving I told the man that his table was available. He explained that they had another party booked at 8:15 for our table and he would be happy to get us in and out in an hour. That’s right…an hour! Talk about indigestion and not being able to enjoy yourself knowing that you were being hurried along.

          Needless to say, we left and went to another restaurant where we could take our time, order appetizers, entrees, and two bottles of wine. We didn’t leave that place until 11:30 p.m. I did enjoy my birthday, but no thanks to Eventide!!!

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          1. re: arichards

            I think there is something wrong with your timeline here.
            6:30 - Reservation/Let Hostess know others late
            15 minutes later other person arrives = 6:45

            If another part was booked for that table at 8:15 you would have 1-1/2 hours for your meal and had your party shown up on time you would have had 1-3/4 hours for your meal, which I think is a reasonable amount of time for a new place that is getting a lot of buzz.

            1. re: DCNatFan

              i agree that the amount of time allotted was reasonable; however, the manager's handling of it was seemingly poor, by telling them to "move it along" before their meal even began. perhaps he should have let them enjoy their meal and if it was still approaching the deadline for the next table to arrive, he should have offered to move their party to the lounge downstairs or rooftop upstairs. maybe offer a free drink for the inconvenience or something? i don't know. i can see it from both sides.

              1. re: DCNatFan

                I don't think your timeline is exactly right either, since the restaurant would not start getting a table ready for an 8:15 party at 8:15. And that is confirmed by what the manager said about getting them in and out in an hour.

                But rather than quibble about a few minutes either way, can we all agree that the manager was incredibly boorish? "We're going to need you to move it along"? Come on, that is hilarious.

                With treatment like that, I'm sure the buzz will dissipate quickly and people will be free to dawdle for as long as they want.

                1. re: Bob W

                  I think there is more to this story then we are getting.

                  1. re: DCNatFan

                    There usually is and I would certainly hope so in this case.

                    I'm actually supposed to meet some friends at Eventide next Tuesday and I promise to post a report.

                    1. re: Bob W

             you ever wonder what the truth is when a first time poster flames a restaurant and never returns to defend what they have written?

            2. My wife and I had an enjoyable dinner there on Saturday night. Nice spacious dining room. Large booth table for the 2 of us with plenty of privacy. Good wine list.

              My wife enjoyed the lobster tagliatelle and my lamb loin was very good as well. I think it's worth checking out.