Went to Bistro 55 on rt 17south ....mixed review overall. First we were put off by the maitre de as we arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation at 6:15 and told to wait 10 minutes matter of factly... to an absolutely empty room. All he really had to do was give us some explanation or simply "were sorry ...we are running behind..it will be 10 minutes".....but he didnt look up as he said this. We actually contemplated leaving but didnt even as we saw many staff around ....doing nothing. Anyway after about 10 minutes we were told that they werent finished seating earlier reservations but unsure what that meant ...no one was waiting when we came in and they sat 2 other parties who arrived after us. Anyway 5 minutes later we were seated (at this time probably 6 tables in the entire large restaurant were occupied).
Anyway the staff once seated was friendly and efficient and we enjoyed ourselves. Even empty as it was early, it was lively with staff and music. Drinks were excellent...nice selection of beers on tap and well priced. Started with the garlic chips app.....a very large bowl of warm chips which was quite good although could have used a little more zing. The burger was excellent and the plate was quite large....although at 13.95 you would expect cheese to be included with the burger. The fries were above average although i prefer the fries a few miles down the road at 5 Guys. The pleasant waiter highly recc the fish special ...mahi mahi......very average and somewhat dry with decent sides. Dessert was good...enjoyed the ice cream.
Although some definite negatives there were enough positives to give it another shot.