I met a group of friends, ages ranging from 40 to 70, for a Saturday evening birthday dinner at this restaurant. We'd reserved a corner table early in the evening, as someone familiar with the place said it got busy quickly. She wasn't kidding---by 6 p.m. the place was roaring, especially around the bar in the front. It wasn't unpleasant---the crowd was mostly 30+ (think urban jazz and blues audience) and everyone was civil and friendly: but one of the older members of our group had hearing problems and had a difficult time following the conversation. There is a patio-like area towards the back with a cozy fireplace; I wish we had requested a table there, as it appeared to be more intimate and quiet. The menu is American steakhouse with some nouveau cuisine items: I ordered the pumpkin ravioli and a Fat Tire beer on tap. The glass of beer was huge (yay!) but the ravioli was not---I think I had six bite-size pieces on my plate, swathed in a creamy sauce. It was delicious, but for the $13 I paid, I would have liked a couple more ravioli. Since I was still hungry, I had to fill up on the bread brought to our table at the beginning of the meal. My tablemates had mixed reviews of their orders: the person who ordered the ahi tuna poke said it was too spicy and she couldn't finish it, while the couple who ordered the Clubhouse salad was very pleased with theirs. The fish and chips were called "average" and "okay." The Cubano sandwich was probably the best item on our table, though the friend who ordered it refused to share more than a few bites, lol. The birthday girl received a free dessert, a small dish of gelato. I thought it was fine, but the guest of honor thought it was too sweet and let the rest of the table finish it for her. Service was friendly, though it slowed down a bit as the restaurant got busier. A side note: parking was difficult to find near the restaurant. There is a small parking lot behind the Clubhouse, but that fills up very quickly. Riverside Boulevard has restricted parking up until 6 p.m. and the side street immediately adjacent to the Clubhouse has signs warning that parking is reserved for permit holders only. The online menu says customers can park in the Target lot after 5 p.m., which isn't a bad walk if the weather is pleasant. It was raining when we were done with dinner however, so one unfortunate "volunteer" was sent out to get the car and ferry the rest of us back to the parking lot. I'd like to come back, as I enjoyed our evening there: but I hope the portions for the other entrees are larger. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood where you get better value for your buck, though they might not be as romantic or cozy.
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