Recently we spent three nights in Eastport. In the past I have always enjoyed a dinner on the deck of the Eastport Chowder House and had raved about the view to my friend.
We arrived to find the entrance to the restaurant devoid of a worker. One appeared from a booth where she was sitting with friends. We were told to go out and sit wherever because she thought there might be seats out on the deck. After sitting on the deck for while, a different server appeared with menus and took our drink orders. We had much time to choose our meals because our drinks did not return quickly. We ordered dinners, baked haddock and seafood over linguini to be accompanied by salads, that were not included in the price of the dinners.
Our food was delivered, by a third server/employee. We had no silverware and waited for a couple of minutes hoping an employee would happen upon the deck to check on the diners. They did not. I went into the dining room and picked up my own silverware and gestured to the original server, who was again seated at a booth talking with her friends.
The second server came out to bring us our waters, lamented about how hot the inside dining room was and seemed very distracted and confused about us being in the restaurant. We ate our dinners, which were average. The salads were basic. My potato had no sour cream with it and I was not sure how to find the kitchen to retrieve some...the rolls, boasted about on the menu, were never served. We finished. Waited for many minutes for the check, while we enjoyed the view. Eventually we went inside, interrupted two of the annoyed workers who were deep in conversation, paid our bill and left.
The view is beautiful. Unless you enjoy being treated as disliked relatives who have made an unwanted surprise visit; just walk out on the pier and avoid the restaurant altogether. Eat at The Waco or the Rose Café...
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