After reading several great reviews about The Chelsea, we decided to make a reservation for dinner on a recent business trip to New Bern. The restaurant has two levels: the lower level for more casual dining and the upper for what one would assume was more fine dining. We were asked to follow the hostess up the staircase. Let it suffice to say that her skirt should have been at least a foot longer if she was going to "lead the way". We were seated at a lovely corner table and were quickly welcomed by our server, Amanda. She was an absolute delight throughout the meal. She was friendly, courteous, neat, and knowledgeable. She was, in fact, the highlight of the evening. There was a large, loud party that made conversation for other diners difficult. Amanda did try to improve the situation by pulling a curtain divider.
We had been lead to believe that since the lower level was "casual" that we would be dining with folks who wanted a more sophisticated atmosphere. Not so. Shorts, tee shirts, and baseball caps were the norm.
My husband ordered a fish dish which was dry and boring. I ordered chicken bruschetta which arrived with two fillets topped with tomatoes and cheese that had been melted but was now solidified. I did eat one of the fillets and found it to be acceptable but not exceptional. When I checked the second one, I found it to be completely black on the bottom. Not only had the "chef" burned the meat, but then decided to hide it by putting the burned side down...as though the customer would not notice it. The manager did adjust our bill: by subtracting the cost of one half of the dish (after I declined a free dessert).
Overall, it was a total waste of our time and money.
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