I generally like to wait at least 6 months before reviewing a restaurant. But since we were already staying in the Pelican Rest Marina, we dined there a couple of times during their first couple of weeks. It’s a beautiful facility overlooking the marina and everything that you can see or touch is first quality. When they first opened, the waitstaff had been thoroughly trained and I couldn’t note any service blunders. Unfortunately the kitchen wasn’t up to their astronomical menu prices. My $50+ steak wasn’t Dry Aged and my dining partner’s fish filet was one day short of being over-the-hill.
On subsequent visits, the restaurant was at times completely empty and there had obviously been a lot of staff turn-over. The kitchen has improved, but due to the turn-over the waitstaff isn’t as well trained. A new manager is trying to lower food and labor costs and as a result, there are now only 4 huge shrimp on the $18 Shrimp Cocktail (6 in the past) and the waiter with the tray of thin slices of lemon, lime, and cucumber that you selected for your water glass, is nowhere in sight.
I think that a quality restaurant will eventually establish itself in this beautiful location, but Number 13 won’t do it with their present menu. They can’t survive on only weekend island visitors. They need a lot of local customers which they won’t attract with their overpriced menu. The Deluxe 13 Burger would be a bigger draw at $13 instead of $16.
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