The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sanderling-resort.com/restaurants-and-bars/life-saving-station
  • Phone: 2524496654
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch Monday-Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Russell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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A word from The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort
Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace.

Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu.

The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.
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The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (29)scenic view (28)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (25)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (21)romantic (19)great for brunch (19)good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (17)notable wine list (8)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Skip it
    Buck
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went here to meet friends for lunch. The "duck fries with blue cheese" were ok. We thought they were going to be fried in duck fat. Our bad for not asking. I got the tempura shrimp. No. Not tempura at all. Good sized shrimp coated in a pasty flour, fried about 2 minutes TOO LONG and the batter, unlike tempura, was thick fish n chips style. On a thick piece of cod yes. Not on shrimp. Would never go back.
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  • Good food although a little pricey
    HirschwritesVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We have gone here many times when in Duck. Food is very good, but there are some better restaurants in the area. Everyone was pleased with their meals. Shrimp and grits very good as was the rock fish and the seared scallops. Mixed berry tart for dessert was warm and delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is the first time we
    happy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is the first time we have been back to this restaurant since they reopened. Everyone in my party found it to be a most pleasurable experience. The food was very tasteful and the presentation was very nice. The wait staff were pleasant and somewhat short handed but it wasn't to the point that anyone was annoyed. It helped with the relaxing enjoyment of friends, and food. The libations were good pours. We will definitely go back here again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Birthday Occasion
    bayside
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    5 best friends went to here for a Birthday. Wanda was wonderful taking care of us (She makes a mean Bloody Mary). Food was great! Day was cold and rainy so the burning fireplace was great! When the party was over she took our picture so we would remember a very nice time!! Thank you Wanda
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice on a cold night
    DokterDave
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was excellent. Liked the fireplace on a cold night.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JeanandDave
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We vacation in Corolla every January and have eaten at the Lifesaving Station on numerous occasions. They under went renovations in the past year and we didn't enjoy this meal nearly as much as prior visits. The ambience is quite low key but not unpleasantly so. The service was friendly but not very attentive or prompt. The food was generally good but did not justify the new price structure. Overall it was not an unpleasant experience but that it not a recommendation.
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  • Things Change
    1210VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We love to stay at the Sanderling once or twice each year. We recently were there over New Year's and ate breakfast at the Life Saving Station for the first time since the change of ownership. Sadly what was an outstanding dining experience has now morphed into a good but not great experience. The farmer's omlet is supposed to have goat cheese but virtually none was to be found is just one example. The service, once so special was now rather ordinary. We spoke to guests who had dinner there and they were also underwhelmed. We sincerely hope that feedback such as this will enable this restaurance to regain it's former glory.
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I was naively not expecting much more than typical hotel fare. Boy was I wrong. Great food, reasonably priced, and excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Tasty spot
    driftwood212VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The life saving restaurant keeps getting better and better. This spot offers a bit of salvation in with good takes on southern comfort food. With a rising interest in local and sustainable food sources, we had great meals of local tuna cooked to perfection, scrumptious local rockfish and rock solid fried chicken. The service is casual and very friendly and would make even non-locals feel like locals. This is a great option when you are tired of grilling the best steaks on the planet from Tommy's Market at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual an excellent meal
    Obxfoodies
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    As usual an excellent meal was had by all. The chef, who works at Kimball's Kitchen on season, brought his magic to the Lifesaving Station for our pre-Christmas dinner. From the local tuna to the scallops, a great meal was enjoyed. We will look forward to many more dinners this winter.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Special Occasions
    fourcoyotes
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Small menu and prices a little steep but the food was fantastic. Well worth a visit for a special treat.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoying
    Nhes
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    There was a family there with 3 children; the 2 youngest were allowed to run around and the parents did nothing to control their behavior. They got in the way of the staff . The little girl was yelling and the boy whistling. All very annoying to the rest off the dinners. At another table with 2 well behaved children , the parents had brought activities for the children. Big difference
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  • Terrific Turkey Day!!
    Beachin3
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my family at The Lifesaving Station. This was the first time in years that we hadn't cooked dinner at home for Thanksgiving so it was nice to be pampered and waited on for a change. Food was delicious and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Option on property of Sanderling
    DowFoodies
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    This restaurant was good, not great. Nice to have the option on the property of the Sanderling though. Short walk to dinner and back to room.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner by the Fireplace
    SteveinSS
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    My wife and had a wonderful dinner at The Life Saving Station at the Sanderling Resort last Saturday night. It was her birthday and the staff gave us a great table right by the fireplace. The food was excellent and so was the service. The Life Saving Station menu has a variety of seafood and meat dishes. We split a salad and then my wife had seared scallops and I had tuna. Both entrees tasted great the portion size was sufficient such that that we took food home for some tasty leftovers the next afternoon. The meal prices are competitive and because we live locally we were given a "locals discount". My wife and I could not have been happier with our meals and our overall experience.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Lifesaving"ly" Delish!
    merezee
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The food was delicious. The grits grits were the best I have ever eaten. It was my husband's birthday and we were pampered and thoroughly enjoyed our our experience as first time visitors.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wish we visited sooner!
    rlinNY
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We stopped for lunch after we checked out of our hotel, before we started home. We were the only ones there which I don't understand as the food was great and the service was friendly. I had a crab cake sandwich - huge on a soft roll with butter lettuce. It came with homemade chips that were addictive. Lunch prices were in line with all the other local restaurants we visited during our vacation. We would go back if we are ever in the Outer Banks again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    gruntled
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    note to restaurant about 50th wedding anniversary was not acknowledged in any way, even with our reservation. upon being seated we requested overly loud music to be turned down. it was done. waitress was somewhat hard to understand but competant enough. no real interaction...justan atendent. food was good although my prefrence is not to have all in one center pile. i have dined here before and i expected more I guess give it a B+
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Good for breakfast, lunch, or dinne
    gordonramseyfanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We ate here several times while staying at the Sanderling. I highly recommend the Shrimp/Grits .... it is excellent! Also had breakfast there several times and it was also excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • William W Thompson
    Wardy
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We dined here both the 8th and 9th and also one Breakfast. The food and service were excelent and we would recomend it as a 10.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • October dinner at the LivesavingSta
    Jimmary
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The dining space had been remodeled and was very airy and attractive, with relevant decorations from its history as a lifesaving station. Excellent presentation and outstanding entrees - 1) Stuffed flounder and 2) sea scallops. Yum! Coffee afterwards was very good. Should have stopped there. I orderd the peach cobbler a la mode and although it was prepared and delivered in an attractive style, Its own liittle pan, the peaches were sour. Being October, I assume that peaches (at least the best peaches) were no longer in season. Overall experience was very pleasant however and we would return. We were already repeat customers.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    Hanes
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    We took our daughter and her " young family" to dinner recently....ate outside. The setting was lovely,comfortable, and the meal delicious. Michelle was our server and she was terrific and accommodating. Best crab cakes ever and fried green tomatoes/goat cheese hush puppies ..marvelous! We cannot wait to return ....we have had breakfast there also and really enjoyed everything. Lovely, lovely place! Thank you!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Rated
    JoeGVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Pricey for average food. Ordered Duck and it came out extremely dry...had to send it back...and it came back the same exact way after letting the server now the issue. My wife's food was a large plate of BBQ but just average, would rather have quality over quantity.
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  • Outer Banks treat
    PhillipW
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Excellent spot for breakfast on the Outer Banks in NC.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We ate upstairs and there was a wedding party at the next table and there was so much noise that we could not talk to each other. It was dreadful
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  • Return to Sanderling Inn
    BonefishLem
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    We stayed at the Inn about 20 years ago. We stayed down the street this past week and made a reservation mostly for nostalgic reasons. We booked the former Lifesaving Station dining room, which has a great feel, although it was a quite noisy. (Two or three sound-deadening room dividers would eliminate the problem.) We were all very pleased with the food. The most memorable part of the dinner was our waiter, a Jamaican who had the best attitude of anyone I have met in the last ten years. He made it the most memorable night in seven days. The speed of service by all employees was just right.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    As two CIA chefs, we are hard on places where we expect great food. The thoughts here Are great however they are not executed properly. The over, heavy handed Use of thyme took over the dishes and quite frankly didn't belong. The fish was fresh the e Entrees where bland, not as described, and swimming in thyme. Mussels where great, crab cake great(apps) my mushroom tart was not together, Just sauttted mushrooms in a tart shell. Overall I would stick to the Blue Point in Duck The food didn't marry on the plates, it just wasn't good, especially for the money. I would hope That someone in the kitchen tastes the food after the have a thought. We as a family of three pay good money f for food we enjoy it, this we did not.
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    notable wine list
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  • Lifesaving Station is New but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    The food and service are all very good. The food has improved under new ownership. The renovations are not an improvement. The old dining room was warm and pleasant, as the new one is cold and sterile. The old station had a nice vibrant noise level. The new one is high school cafeteria sounding. Too loud even with a small crowd to carry on a dinner conversation or to hear the server recite the specials. Soften it up with some carpet and add some warm natural wood to take off the rooms visual chill.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food! But too much noise!
    WindtrystVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    We just enjoyed our third visit to the Lifesaving Station in as many years. We keep going back because we feel the food is the very best on the entire Outer Banks. Last spring the downstairs dining room was renovated, quite nicely, but with little attention to the noise factor in the room. On our last visit, there were to large families celebrating birthdays and understandably contributing to the decibel level in the dining room, All surface are hard; there are no curtains, no rugs, no sound dampeners. Consequently the noise level was so loud that it was difficult to carry on any conversation. Again, the food was first-rate -- but something must be done with the acoustics or the restaurant's clientele may start looking elsewhere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub-par food, distracted service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    The Sanderling is a classy resort. Sadly, the Life Saving Station, isn't similarly top notch. My family and I had breakfast and dinner there. Service was poor -- it took several minutes before an employee realized we were there & ready to be seated. Service after that point wasn't much better, particularly with dinner -- 10 minutes to get a dessert menu! The food was mediocre and in one notable exception, downright inedible. I ordered an heirloom tomato salad after assurances from the waitress that the tomatoes were excellent. They weren't. They were unripened, hard and tough to eat. Seriously, how hard could it be to find good tomatoes this time of year. I will not return to this restaurant and will discourage others from doing so, too.
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  • Excellent!
    AnnieBananieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Excellent all around. Servers were attentive but not hovering, and they work very hard upstairs. Roast beef was best I've ever had -even better than I make! Ceasar salad was crisp and tasty. Spouse had the BBQ and enjoyed it. Plenty of food. Lovely view of Currituck Sound. Nice nautical interior in keeping with its history.
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    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable Dining Experience!
    HawaiianL
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    We had reservations and were seated upstairs near the window, as we requested. The dining room was fairly busy but quiet and in keeping with the "Lifesaving Station" theme. The food was where this restaurant was far from average. We did not have to wait long for our meals to come and, when they did, the presentation of each entree was beautiful. To top it off, all five people in our party were amazed by the unique taste sensation of their dinners! Each bite truly offered a grand experience for the taste buds! Hats off to the staff and chef of The Lifesaving Station! We will definitely return!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A notch above most
    RosieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    The Outer Banks area is filled with restaurants. The Lifesaving Station is a notch above most. Not too crowded, reservations recommended - there will be families with children. Good ambiance and good wait staff. An enjoyable experience.
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  • Fine Dining at the beach
    ElisaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Impeccable service and delicious meals including my son's from the children's menu. We really liked the renovations and enjoyed sitting outside on the patio. Highly recommend and staff is very kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Good dinner!
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Best real food in obx. Restaurant needs to employ a busboy or two. Our waiter was great but had toothy tables and no help!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at life saving station
    Victor
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We were seated on time. Nicely fit out dining room. Food choices were good. I had scallops and they were very good! Service started out quite well and slowed down considerably as meal was served....... With so many choices I would suggest that try another place but this is a safe choice.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Lunch on the Sound
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Very good food and service in a cool old Life Saving Station
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service...Really Loud
    Wilt
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We ate here our first night at the Sanderling Beach Resort. Food was nothing outstanding but was good comfort food after long day. Restaurant was really loud, due to having wood floors and walls, which made it difficult talk. We got seated by a really loud group of six who got louder as the evening progressed. My wife and I had to lean into each other to hear. Next time we eat on the deck.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for GF folks
    CASPIES
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    Thanks for all the gluten free options. The GF rolls made this a special time!!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Some of the food was not up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Some of the food was not up to standard. My wife had the Prime Rib special and it was overcooked and very fatty. For a $32 special very disappointing. Someone in our party had the mixed grill and was very overcooked
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