We'd been saving a $100 gift certificate for our 49th wedding Anniversary on 9/7/17 for which we made the reservations several days to a week in advance. Open Table confirmed both the initial reservation for two and then the modified version the day of the reservation (9/7/17) for 4. We arrived at Craftsman to find a note taped to the doors, front and side, that the restaurant was closed. Disappointed - yes, but inconvenienced even more so at not being notified as soon as we made the day-of reservation-modification that the restaurant was closed. It seems if Open Table is the conduit for restaurant reservations, there'd be some indication from that restaurant as to whether it was open to be conveyed by Open Table back to the customer!
Our dinner at Craftsman last Saturday evening was a weird experience, and not in a good way.
Ambience: Felt like we were in a cafeteria. Lights up high, pop music playing, no candlelight or anything to create ambiance.
Drinks: Only good thing about our experience
Food: Major disappointment. Didn't match the menu description. "Shrimp Skewers with peanut sauce, cilantro, and pickled chili" turned out to be four unseasoned pieces of shrimp lying on a bed of undressed, rotting lettuce. No sauce, no cilantro, no pickled chili. A Margherita flatbread was plain crust, a slice of a plain tomato and bland mozzarella cheese with a few sprigs of parsley, instead of basil (like the menu said). Parsely???
Service: We didn't complain as much as we should have because our server was very nice. But she only comped half the price of the awful shrimp skewers.
I'm not a first time diner but I was let down by the much smaller menu and how simple all the dishes were. The chicken parmesan was good, the drinks were great. Sitting on the patio is the best.
We came in at 8:45-9pm on a Tuesday and didn't know their kitchen closed at 9; our server and the chef were very accommodating and made us still feel welcome and not rushed. The tuna nicoise handheld was AMAZING!!! I don't know if it was the Texas toast or something in the sandwich, but the flavors were amazing! The peanut sauce on the shrimp appetizer was Amazing as well! I could just have a entire bowl of that and be happy.
Disappointing menu choices. My hamburger was overcooked and dry.
Since the ownership changed, the menu has become more extensive and more conservative. This is both good and bad. In the past, choices sometimes seemed limited, but some items were really special. Now it is easier to find something appealing, but everything seems more mainstream.
The deviled eggs were appropriately spicy as described, but the yolks almost seemed processed. BALT (BLT with avocado) sandwich was very good. The red snapper had a nice texture, but seemed a bit lacking in taste, even though red snapper is a mild fish.
We ate in the patio on a Sunday evening with pleasant weather. It's a nice patio, but there were hardly any other diners there.
Overall, our experience was better than adequate but not outstanding.
We used to go to Craftsman all the time and it was always a fabulous dining experience. Something has happened here...the food was mediocre at best, the patio was dirty and there were no flowers even planted in the flower boxes, the server was nice but service was rather slow. There was no "vibe" whatsoever. Craftsman had better figure out how to compete in today's competitive restaurant market or they will not survive. So many other great dining options.
We will not go back.
Has gone downhill in a big way. Salty food, odd menu, empty dining room. Too bad.
Enjoyed our first time at Craftsman. However, the food did not quite live up to my expectations. Red Snapper was a bit overdone and dry...some aioli maybe? The crostini bread was soggy with tomatoes, although the tomato flavor was great.
Gathering of family and special friend. Excellent service. loved the patio on the summer evening. Lingered and never frkt rushed. Great appetizers too.