Switchback Grille
Switchback Grille

Switchback Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.switchbackgrille.com/
  • Phone: 4357723700x100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 7 days a week: 7:00am - 11:00am; Dinner: 7 days a week: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Mike Marriott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Switchback Grille offers full service on site and off site catering for groups up to 500 people. We specialize in wedding and business group planning. On site, one can choose from several locations that range from conference room settings to outdoor patios. We offer extensive catering menus and look forward to tailoring your event to your exact specifications.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate parties up to 500 people, but require all groups over 20 people to make arrangements through the catering department.
  • Private Party Contact: Sapphire Finnegan 4357723700x102

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Switchback stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Switchback Grille
Nestled at the foot of the Watchman rock formation in Zion Canyon, Switchback Grille Steak & Fish House features hand-selected USDA Prime beef, Certified Angus Beef and a daily fresh fish menu that follows the seasons. Artfully prepared dishes, warm superior service, stunning views of the West Temple and a sophisticated southwest dining room come together for a truly unique dining experience. Additionally, Switchback offers full bar service with the area’s most extensive wine list. Banquet and catering services are available year round as well as a cozy sports grill with all of your pub favorites.
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Switchback Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (11)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (5)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had their halibit special. It was amazing. The presentation was beautiful and the fish was moist and delicious. The coconut risotto was outstanding. Reservations a must. Waite staff was friendly and helpful. Just recommended it to fellow traveler we met today who is going to Zion tomorrow. Loved that I could make reservations online
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely worth the calories
    gypsyme
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Every aspect of the Switchback was exceptional. Since I'm at the stage of life where I have to watch my calories, I hate to "waste" calories on mediocre food. Each dish my 3 friends and I had ( we taste-test-share) was yummy, interesting, fresh and flavorful. Definitely worth the calories!!!! Will return when I go back to Springdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Judy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Everything thing our group of four ordered was divine. Caesar salad, halibut, tuna, tiramisu. Presentation was beautiful. We had the two of the fish specials and they were fabulous. I will go there again next time I visit Zion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but well worth the money.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    After reading some mixed reviews my wife and I made a reservation with an open mind. Hostess was professional and welcomed us to the restaurant. We treated business clients and hoped it would be a positive experience. My friend was a rancher and was pleasantly impressed with the rib eye. My wife and I had the halibut and it was not over cooked which made for a perfect dinner. Service was prompt. Water was refilled every 10 minutes. Views of the Zion mountains from the window table was magnificent. I hope you enjoy your experience as much as we did. Aldo, had the mornig buffet. Fair selection. Made to order omlets. Friendly cooks. Pricey for breakfast but a lovely room to dine in with linen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    cmolVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were three 4 times and 4 times the specials were perfect
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment at Switchback Grille
    DanS
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were greeted then asked to give the hostess a minute which turned into 10. The pizzas were mediocre with soft doughy crust. The buffalo cheeseburger was very good. The server did not bring our second round of drinks, check back with us and then brought the check without asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. Not good for a place that wants to be "high end". So overall here is what I would say about our experience at Switchback Grille. Service - Very Very Poor Food - Mixed results but overall mediocre Price - High for what you get I had high hopes for Switchback Grille when we arrived but was sadly disappointed. For a place that pretends to be a high end restaurant (Filet is $45) I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were not impressed with the food or service. Never even received a refill on water.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Setting
    milanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Enjoyed this place while on a visit to zion. Food was wonderful and very large portions. Service a little slow but our server was very good.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will never go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The chef can not cook. The fish(halibut ??) was over cooked(dry) and the risotto was under cooked rice which was fried and sweet as rice pudding. The meal did not match the description given by the waiter. The filet was not even choice meat,at best it was select due to the strange texture. The steak was overdone on the outside and raw in the middle and had no flavor. The asparagus was not fresh and the chef did not even trim the pale green dried wrinkled ends to make it appear fresh. When the fish with risotto was sent back, the manager was less than accommodating and somewhat unpleasant acting insulted that the food was sent back.4 star prices for 1 star quality. WE WILL NEVER GO BACK.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Switchback Grille reviews archive.
  • Relaxing atmosphere-wine-good food
    Vaca
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Snippy hostess who had words with the person ahead of us with threats of calling the police started our dinner off with a little tension....Things improved after we were seated and introduced to a nice waitress. Wine list was great (although we had to wait a bit on the second bottle) food was also great with a very unusual presentation of the trout. We enjoyed our meal and we're glad we returned after being turned away the night before because we didn't have a reservation!! (There did appear to be empty tables). Thank you open table!! We were able to hike and explore Zion National Park and still get a reservation for dinner !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Location and Average Food...
    CMsteveVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This place is very convenient to the area. The food is average as was the service. But, if you are staying at the Best Western or Hampton Inn, you can walk to it and the food will suffice. The prices are a little on the high side but you are in a tourist area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the whole, above average.
    TwilightDiners
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food really is, just ok. It would have been better hot instead of warm. It is pricy, but remember, you are in the middle of no where! Wine list is priced reasonably for what is on it, we found it lacking of good reds. Cocktails were small, but we are not used to (what we were told) Utah liquor laws that restrict drinks to 1.75 oz of liqueur. No floater on that Marg! The staff was accomodating, although they had not heard of a Blue Cheese Stuffed Olive and did not offer one, they were able to produce several for my much desired Martini upon request. Although they offered kids meals that were good, they had nothing for the kids as far as crayons and such. They should know bored kids produce a lot of unnecessary noise and motion :) ***
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Switchback Grille
    Eatntell
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    SBG is not the best restaurant in Springdale and far from the worst. It's adequate at everything. The ambiance is a bit sterile but pleasant. So are the serving staff. The food is not overly inventive or flavorful but it's solid making SBG a good choice if you have cautious eaters in your group or need a break from southwest seasoned dishes.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced and disappointing
    ikam
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Unfortunately this was our most expensive yet least satisfying meal in the quaint town of Springdale. Two of four meals ordered were OK but other two were substandard. For those prices I expected exceptional. Wine was quite good at least.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SUPERB!
    EDofALAMEDAVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I live in the San Francisco Bay area and dine at many fine restaurants there. I was greatly impressed with the Switchback Grille. The food was top quality with generous portions attractively presented. The service was excellent and the ambiance most interesting. Well worth repeat visits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Focus must be on the profit margin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The place is clearly geared towards tourist. There is a sizeable Zion souvenir shop in the same building that houses the restaurant. Ordered the "pecan crusted" trout from their menu. It should have called the breaded trout fillet with a few pecans instead as there were hardly any pecans. It was over-cooked. Dining partner ordered their aged filet. It was decent, but not as good as the filets from Harris Ranch or Bern's Steakhouse. On the plus side, especially for the location, they had a good wine list and almost all wines were less than $100. The tomato soup was tasty. Overall, it was over-priced and under-performed. I do not intend on going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You let me reserve a closed place
    fotobandi
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    How can I review a place that was closed for renovation? I booked for my 60th birthday, got there and found it was not yet ready to reopen. The owner was there and apologized for Open Table, whose fault it was. Way to go. Found a lesser place nearby. The one star ratings are only because I had to rate it. I'm sure it is very good. I just can't tell. So, to others, give it a try. Locals say it is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent Service
    TomG
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Started out terrible, sat us down and nothing for about five minutes - had to ask a server for bread and water. Waiters and servers walked by ignoring us several times. The appropriate waiter finally showed up and then things got very good. But for the initial start it would have been a four star situation. Apparently our waiter was in the middle of serving a large group and no one was willing or able to help us out. So if you go here, don't let their station rules keep you waiting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to beat the atmosephere; but
    DiningDuo
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Anywhere in Springdale is beautiful. This restaurant had a nice open atmosphere with outdoor patio seating. We sat inside. The food choices were good. However, one of our party was very disappointed there was not an item on the menu as advertised online (our main reason for going there). The prices are very expensive for the specials($37) which raises our expectations; the special was on-point (halibut with risotto), but the service was very slow and our waitress was scarcely around. With these prices and the upscale style they are selling, the service needs to be much better and some of their menu items need to be improved upon or maybe offered for lunch versus an expensive dinner (prime rib sandwich, not recommended).
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise!
    Cooker72
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    This is a small....but tourist......town. We were pleased to find this gem. The stall was very friendly. When we arrived and gave our name, the hostess said "I have been saving your table!".....thanks Open Table! We had a delicious wedge salad...fresh and crisp....then on to one of their specials, Macadamia Crusted Halibut. It was perfectly cooked and delightfully presented! Because of the Shutdown , their crowds were smaller than usual, but the food and service were right on!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unnecessarily presumptuous
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Restaurant wants to be in a big city rather than a small town. Expensive ($30 plus for entrees), but not great food. Nice environment, but feels forced. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hits and misses
    CoopJohnB
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Switchback was recommended by a friend who lives nearby. Food near National Parks usually isn't a concern, you take what you get. In this case the quality of the food was excellent. Simple misses included a wine list that is missing a lot of popular wines and no one has taken the time to update it. I ordered two different wines only to be told "we don't have that". In this day of inkjet printers you should be able to update a wine list weekly if not daily. Some of the food arrived cooler than it should have but that was rectified quickly but it shouldn't happen... ever.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    Scott
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Great place to sit and have a great meal with a great view. Awesome atmosphere. Service was a little slow, but other than that it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Got dinner special (mahi-mahi)
    LVMD
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Got dinner special (mahi-mahi) which was very tasty. Loved the margarita too. Seafood pasta that my son ordered was bland though. We sat by the window which had great views of the red and orange mountains.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, overlooked!
    LLLabuda
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Deep fried trout, I don't think so! Food was inedible and the most expensive of our 21 day trip in the National Parks! Shame on them. Our wait person did a wonderful job and was the one bright spot in the whole experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    Dk0330
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We Were in the area visiting and drove passed the Switchback Grille. We decided to try it on our last night there. We had our 3 year old daughter with us so after walking in and seeing how nice it was, I panicked. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. We had an amazing waiter who was so cute with our daughter and very patient. They even had a kids menu! The food was amazing as well. We will definitely be going back the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Hikers
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Food was alright not the greatest for the price we paid. We got there at an early time and sat on the patio which was real nice view. But the staff was real slow and took a long time fill our glasses and bring food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive for Tourists
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    While food was good, portions were way too much. Since this is mainly a tourist town (only about 500 permanent residents per U.S. Census) and few can take leftovers with them, food waste is considerable. Prices not good value for the food -- need to be about $5-$10 less per entrée.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • give this place a try
    JayMink
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Calamari was excellent as well as the Rocky Mountain Trout and seafood special sea bass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance set apart near the park
    Snorc
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    The dining room is very pleasant and comfortable. The professional kitchen is on display and on a week night presentation was their focus. The food was generally not as flavorful as I would have liked, but I would return again. It's a good value when compared to the limited options in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal after a long hike!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Dinner and service was great. View was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed gourmet atmosphere
    Cookingjoe
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    This restaurant is great for a romantic evening for two or a family dinner. The fish dishes were cooked to perfection. The veggies were al dente. The cheesecake was smooth and light. The service was stealth and always there. Two surprising highlights - the glass enclosed kitchen was a treat and the outdoor patio with the mountain setting was breathtaking. Ask for Ludo, as a server and be sure you have him prepare a cappuccino...it is as if you are in Paris. We've dined at all of the better restaurants in Springdale and this is hands down the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    This is for dinner and breakfast since the restaurant cancelled the reservation for breakfast 30 minutes before we got there. Why show you can book for breakfast then? Great breakfast and free if you stay at the hotel. Too bad they don't open earlier so you can go explore Zion before the heat sets in. Dinner was also great. Interesting meatloaf loaded with bacon. The burger is also worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok.
    DatenightsVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    Went for our anniversary which was never acknowledged. Bartender and server knew little about the menu and wine list. Best part was sitting outside enjoying the view. And the hostess Shappire was delightful and seemed to have the answers to all of our questions. In the end we wished we went to spotted dog... : /
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Switchback grill web menu problem
    lcku
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    We looked for an upscale restaurant in the small town of Springdale, UT close to Zion NP and were delighted when we found the menu on the web for the Switchback grill and immediately made a reservation. We were sadly disappointed when we arrived to be told that the two items of interest to us, the lamb and the buffalo ribyeye were not available as the owner has not updated the web menu. However, the chef redeemed the situation by thawing out and preparing the lamb rack for an additional delay. The food was excellent and prepared as we ordered it. The Calamari appetizer was especially good. The wine list was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our second Thanksgiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    It was our second Thanksgiving brunch at Switchback Grille in Utah, we live in N.Y. and have a vacation home in Utah. We looked forward to Thanksgiving Brunch this year especially that our three adult kids flew out for the holiday. They also gave thumbs up to Switchback.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Avoid!
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    Offered some kind of spongy bread with a small bowl of dark brown dipping sauce, totally overpowering and inappropriate for the very light bread. Calamari app consisted of mainly small rings sauteed with onion, red/yellow/green bell peppers and okra, weirdest calamari ever. But the dipping sauce was good. Caesar with chicken pesto had stale croutons and the salty pesto did not taste fresh, more like store-bought. Chicken chopped salad was not chopped and the dressing was a bland concoction that did nothing to tie the dish together. Red wine was served room temp which means 20 degrees too warm. Rosemary was our server, very nice. Agree with earlier reviewer, the Spotted Dog is a far superior restaurant when in Springdale.
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  • Server (Tanesha) was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Server (Tanesha) was outstanding. Friendly, attentive, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Looks like the best restarant
    captg3
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Looks like the best restarant in Springdale and a great find. Excellent menu and food and great views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There Are better in Springdale
    JDinNapaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    We had the misfotune of arriving right after a tour bus group was seated. While the restaurant can seat a lot of people, they did not appear to be prepared for this, and the kitchen went into the weeds. While our salads came out promptly, our entrees were not served until at least 45 minutes later. The food was not worth the wait. While my wife's scallops were "OK" (but not caramelized), the mashed potatoes were dry. My seafood pasta had a huge amount of seafood, unfortunately distinguishable only by texture, not taste. Service was spotty at best. Contrast this mediocre experience with that which we had at the Spotted Dog Cafe last night, with excellent food in a nice place; we should have eaten at the Spotted Dog both nights.
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    • Noise LevelModerate