I've been to the Common Man several times over the years, but this was the first time I visited with the new owners. After the previous experiences here in years past, I was a bit disappointed this time around.
The food itself was very good. I have no real complaints there. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted good. Nothing stood out as exceptional, but overall I'd give the food a 4 out of 5.
The service is where I have a problem with Common Man. Our waitress was efficient, but a bit distant and detached. She wasn't very engaging at all. Even while I was looking over the wine list she made no attempt to offer any advice or even ask if I had any questions. A waiter or waitress in a restaurant needs some personality and needs to make the guests feel welcome. I didn't get that feeling here. I thought at first maybe she was just having an off night, but in talking to other people around the valley, I heard a number of people say the same thing about the service being distant.
The prices are at the high end of valley options and when you're paying this kind of money, the service should reflect that. The parking lot is always full during ski season when I pass by, so obviously there are people that enjoy going here. Unfortunately I won't be in any rush to return as there are several other choices in the valley that I think are better choices and that I would rather visit.
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