Went there with my girl on a midweek date to relax a little (both working, 10 month old at home, life gets stressing!)
the reservation process was as painless as it can ever be,call, provide name, date, time, all set! The lady on the phone is very friendly and welcoming, just as she is in person.
The wait service: it is outstanding (as other reviewers have pointed out) they are friendly but not chummy, and seem genuinely caring and their recommendations are on point.
The food: the food is good. She ordered a burrata and I the soup of the day (cuban style) for entrees, they were excellent! The soup was hearty, the portion generous without filling me up too much, and I don't recall my girlfriend complimenting cheese in a restaurant the way she did about the one she had here. Our entrees, (New York Sirloin for me, Organic chicken for her) were also delicious and very well timed. The only observation I had were a couple of the petite potatoes fell a bit undercooked, but I heard no complaints from her (the side was the same for her) and we both had to ask Greg (our waiter) about the asparagus, it was grilled to perfection!
Drinks: they don't skimp on the drinks, which sometimes is a tradition on restaurants/bars like this one, where the higher the price, the lower the alcohol volume and the smaller the glasses. NOT AT STANHOPE! we tried 3 martinis, and the "dark & stormy" concoction of rum and ginger beer was killer!
Dessert: we ordered the bread pudding, and by mistake Greg brought in the creme brulee. When we told him about it, he graciously replied right back "well folks, you start with that, and your bread pudding will be here in a second" nice recovery, not pushy at all, and of course he didn't charge for it, but I would've paid anyway since we ate it too! The bread pudding reads like a lot more in the menu than it was on the table, but it was by no means inferior, we just expected something different going by the menu description (menu is available here http://www.doylecollection.com/restaurants/the_stanhope_grille.aspx?utm_source=yelp&utm_medium=social&utm_term=listing&utm_content=listing&utm_campaign=stanhope-grille-yelp)
All in all, I definitely recommend this place, the atmosphere is relaxed and somewhat sophisticated but not pretentious by any means, It's very comfortable, not noisy (at least not that night, the bar area was half full but the patrons kept to themselves) and I think it'll do quite nicely as the starting point for a fun night in town. It's not cheap, it's definitely not as expensive as the neighboring Grill 23 (from what I've been told, haven't been there) and I think the food and the service are right on.
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