We went to Clementine last week, after reading many positive reviews of the place. It definitely has its charm and comes across as a serious eatery, with a menu that promises "dang good food" in the trendy farm-to-table tradition. Overall, our dining experience was okay, but far short of the high marks that some reviewers have given it. The problems started at the door, with a host who seemed frazzled and who disappeared for several long minutes while we waited awkwardly at the door for him to return. Our drinks, as some have noted elsewhere, were not mixed terribly well and our waitress, while very pleasant, looked like an amateur as she struggled to open and pour a bottle of wine. The food, itself, looked good on paper but fell short of being truly well prepared. An appetizer of roasted cauliflower and anchovies sounded innovative but tasted odd. A pumpkin salad had a few cubes of the main ingredient on a bed of coarsely chopped undressed kale--the kind of plain dish that makes you wonder who could possibly find that satisfying. My duck breast entre tasted alright but had clearly been reheated or had been sitting too long under the heat lamps. All in all, I feel like these are signs of a restaurant that takes itself too seriously but doesn't have the service or talent to live up to its own self-image. I don't think it's a particularly bad restaurant, but neither is it particularly good. It'll still probably do well enough for itself because it's kid-friendly and people will fall for its self-assured attitude, which goes a long way.
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