I decided to visit the Gables based on a friend's recommendation, and for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. Lunch was not too crowded, but from the point we entered the door, the service was not up to my expectations. The hostess was uninviting and seemed to know almost nothing when we asked her questions. There was only one waitress to cover about four or five tables (almost nobody was there), so because of that, service was a little bit slow.
The seating outside is absolutely stunning. It is like you are in a magical fairy grotto complete with a beautiful rock garden/fountain and gorgeous flowers. The whole outside area is covered to protect against the elements, so that's wonderful. My only complaint about the outside setting is that there seem to be bees nesting in the small nooks of the stone wall, and they got somewhat annoying after a few minutes. So ask for a table close to the center of the seating if possible.
The food really celebrated the mushroom country we were in. Be sure to order the mushroom soup. It is quite unique and delivers some nice flavor. I also ordered the short ribs. The beer sauce was actually rather good, but I was slightly disappointed by the huge pile of fries underneath the four or five small chunks of meat. Just a bit more meat and less starch would have balanced the plate better.
Overall, this is a wonderful restaurant that has a stunning interior, but the service could be improved. I would recommend coming here. The prices are low for such quality food.
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