First, I want to respond to the previous comment. Beer is not supposed to be ultra cold or terribly fizzy. One reviewer called the beer here warm and flat, but that means the owners know what they're doing. Most Americans drink mass-produced, filtered, keg beer which is made from hop pellets or corn and, therefore, pretty flavorless. It is served ice cold to mask a lack of flavor. Real beer or real ale, which you find at a brew pub, does not need to be served terribly cold. Keg beer is also highly carbonated. If you order cask beer in particular, which the reviewer probably ordered, it will not be carbonated. That's traditional beer. It's not ultra cold, fizzy, or served in a frosty glass. You go to a restaurant that brews its own beer to get this kind of beer. If you open yourself up to real ale I promise your taste buds will thank you.
I found the beer at Bray's very good. My meal was fine. The Greek Salad was large and the vegetables fresh. But there was a big problem with the service and the overall management of the restaurant.
There were too many servers. Bray's Brewpub and Eatery is located in a nineteenth-century home, and patrons eat in its distinct rooms. The room in which I ate had four tables. Four waitresses, one hostess, plus one busgirl covered all four tables! There was no need for that. At times there were more waitresses in the little room than there were customers. One waitress or waiter could have covered the room. The staff members were constantly bumping into each other as they were leaving or entering our dining area. It was distracting and added to the noise level.
The restaurant also seemed to be short on bread baskets. I'd barely touched my bread before a young server or busgirl, not my waitress, asked me if I was "done with the basket." I asked her if she wanted me to lay the bread on the table or something. Maybe I misunderstood her or maybe she was not told how to politely ask for something from a table when the kitchen discovers it is running low. Whatever it was, it was strange.
The menu could also use some editing. The apostrophe is never used to pluralize a word. When you write "nacho's," it is possessive not plural. "Nacho's Grande," as it reads on the menu, translates to one nacho possessing grande, but nachos grande (without the apostrophe) translates to multiple (or plural) nachos that are grande or large. "Macho Nacho's" should be "Macho Nachos" and so on.
All too often, whether it was the menu or the organization of the staff, I got the sense that the people behind Bray's don't quite know what they're doing. They have the brewing down, but there's much to be done in terms of how the restaurant is run.
We'll return for the beer, but we'll probably not eat at Bray's again unless we see a change in the service.
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