I rated this review as OK even thought it wasn't but then again, it wasn't terrible. My wife and I go to Maine each year and usually go just to the lobster places. We absolutely love Maine lobster and the Yarmouth/Freeport and Boothbay Harbor area is the best place we’ve found to get them. This year, I though I'd treat my wife to a really good "sit down classy” dinner and by the way they advertised themselves on their website, I thought we would have a great experience with dinner at Squire Tarbox. The website said owner/chef "has over 30 years of culinary experience behind him” so I thought we would be in for quite a treat.
We did get a good greeting upon arrival and we ate out on the screened in deck which was very nicely set up. Our first thought was that the lady seating us was the owner but later found out she wasn't. She said that everyone who has had the lamb says it's the best they ever had. It was my wife’s choice and I don't know where these other people dine at, but my wife gets lamb like this everywhere we eat at home. Don't get me wrong, she said it was excellent but just the same as she gets everywhere else where we live. Maybe we're just lucky having good restaurants in our local area. I selected the "Twin Filet Mignon” as my entree. I was really expecting too much to eat because the lady said they don't believe in giving those tiny and small portions some restaurants now serve. I selected a bottle of red wine to help me savor the flavor of my "twin" filets. My onion soup appetizer was served in a small bowl that was slightly bigger than a cup with hardly any cheese on top. I do see from a prior review that someone 3 years ago did get “incredible French onion soup” but unfortunately, I didn’t. My wife got the salad which they grew locally and it was very good. When I order a Filet Mignon locally, I get a piece of meat at least 2" thick and in a real steak place, it’s even thicker than that. For the “Twin” Filet, Squire Tarbox charges $38 which includes appetizer, dessert and coffee - I'm pretty sure it was the most expensive entree. The 2 pieces of meat served me were each about 1/2" thick. Putting them together wouldn’t make my definition of a Filet Mignon. Even though it was smaller than expected, I thought it should still taste good. I’m afraid mine didn’t. The knives on the table weren't serrated and while my wife managed using hers on the lamb, I had to work pretty good with basically a butter knife to cut mine. Finally I just took out my Swiss army knife and used it to cut this particular chewy and flavorless piece of meat. They forgot to bring my wife the mint jelly normally (at least where we live) served with lamb and at a nearby table, forgot to leave the anchovies off a dish as was requested
When presented with the bill, a 15% gratuity was automatically added which I thought was quite tacky. The chef did come to our table to ask how our meal was. Not to get any more upset than I was, I let my wife answer singly about her meal. Not that it’s a big deal but I see another site gives the restroom a rating of 5 out of 5. There is no “real” restroom for the dining area unless you’re staying there and then you would use your room. When I asked about where the restroom was, I had to wait while it was asked if it was OK if I used what appeared to be the restroom for the kitchen. It had personal articles there including toothbrushes by the vanity. It made me feel like I was imposing.
My wine choice was excellent but this is not something I’d want to do again. It could be that if I selected another entree I might have enjoyed it.
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