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“Quirky, with a side of Creaky”
Review of Chart Room Restaurant - CLOSED

Chart Room Restaurant
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quirky, with a side of Creaky”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

This restaurant is across the road from the Inn of the Lost Coast and one of the few dining places in Shelter Cove.

The couple who run the restaurant, Jon and Annie, bought it 15 or so years ago and now want to sell it - Annie is 78.

The food is prepared to order (Jon does the cooking, Annie runs the floor).

If you're used to efficient, fast, bump-free service, either adjust your attitude or go order a pizza across the street and eat in your room. The Chart Room is not McDonalds and it's not the Restaurant at the Ritz. It's a creaky and quirky mom and pop joint. Roll with it and enjoy yourself.

On the night I ate there, a Wednesday night, they had a rush (a rush in this case consists of 10 people, plus myself). Annie complained that no one had called ahead for reservations and wondered aloud if there'd be enough food to serve everyone (they ran out of calamari and the chicken dore).

A table near me, a table of four, were obviously worried and uncomfortable - they seemed like upper middle class suburban types more used to demanding and getting precise service at whatever chain restaurant they habituate. Other tables nearby seemed more comfortable with the general oddness of the place and, after a while, a knowing camaraderie overcame the diners as we all realized we were in this lifeboat together and might as well relax and try to make the best of it.

And while several other diners raved about the food to the owners and the rest of us, after eating my own plate, I chalked that up to politeness. I had the clam strip appetizer and the grilled snapper with vegetables, a baked potato, and a cup of their homemade chowder.

While edible and homey, nothing stood out or even mildly impressed me. The clam strips seemed to come out of a freezer bag - there was nothing homemade about them. The snapper, while cooked just fine, was far too under-seasoned (the menu claimed this to be a lemon buerre blanc, but salt, lemon, and butter were entirely absent) and rubbery (frozen not fresh). The vegetable medley was over-cooked and also under-seasoned. The baked potato had the skin and dried out complexion of being cooked in a microwave.

And the chowder...well, I had high hopes here. Annie announced to each guest that they made the chowder fresh every day when she brought it out. I hoped this would be the highlight of the meal. Instead, it was a potato and milk soup with hardly a clam in sight and it was - you guessed it - impressively bland.

But sometimes, food is a secondary consideration. Sometimes you eat at a place because there is no place like it on the planet. Sometimes you forgive the frozen fish and clam-less clam chowder and enjoy yourself anyway. Sometimes anything is better than eating pizza in your room.

For a little while longer, the Chart Room delivers that experience.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Claycletrip
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26 reviews from our community

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English first
Elko, Nevada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not impressed and overpriced.”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Long story short, the service wasn't horrible- but for 2 simple entrees (chicken, pasta, vegetables), and a shrimp cocktail I was not thrilled to pay over 70 dollars for dinner. Skip and get pizza instead.

Visited August 2013
Thank Caligulas
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Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Waited, Left Hungry”
Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

Waited through 20 minutes of I'll be right with you. 12 customers at the time. With new owners the place could be a gem.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank johnstravels67
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Charleston, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A gem!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

The owners are friendly and own a wolf. We talked to them quite a while and really enjoyed our visit. The food is great

Visited July 2013
Thank Cheri S
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Friendly, salmon dinner was fresh & delicious. Chef & owner friendly. Small place & takes reservations. Long wait for dinner which we were told as the chef makes all when ordered.

Visited June 2013
Thank Bon5454
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