We had a business dinner at J. Christian's on a Tuesday evening in Nov. 2013. Parking was horrible (what the heck is happening in Wallingford CT). We had 14 people. Were told we had a private room which turned out to be upstairs with two tables (not good) - nothing private about it. The ambiance was not good but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food which is the ONLY reason it is getting a 4 circle very good. The management set up our very young server (Kevin) - one server for 14 folks - fixed menu by the way. Took forever to get wine and was told there is just one bartender. We ordered wine which came but when we wanted another bottle of white Kevin said they ran out. This is not an inexpensive place and I don't blame Kevin. I blame management since they could have done much more to help this young server and us to have a better time. If the staffing was correct, or you came with a couple of people I think you would enjoy very much. I had appetizers (calamari, meatball things, cheese plate) other than cheese plate (blah) others were excellent. My entree was Southern Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy - very very good - not too heavy, no grease, nice potatoes. Overall summary: Food: Excellent, Service: as good as he could do with no help (MANAGEMENT ALERT), Ambiance: YUCK but with less than 15 might be better.
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