Market Grille in Manchester, Connecticut is a nice combination between an upscale eatery and a casual restaurant. You can meet your coworkers there for drinks just as easily as you could bring your child to Market Grille for their birthday. The menu is mostly modern American cuisine, but there is also an extensive wine and beer list.
The four-cheese lasagna at Market Grille is very good. Two other very popular entr�es here are the classic fish and chips and the stuffed domestic pork chop. If you like seafood, the raw bar here will not disappoint. Every day, fresh oysters of all varieties are offered.
Have eaten here several times and will continue to come back. We went on a Monday night and they had a prix fixe special. I think it was $24 for appetizer, entree, and dessert. A real bargain. Some nice choices and a great deal. We all started with a nice field green salad with fresh strawberries. We each had a different entree. Salmon was yummy. One of my friends had the steak and one had shrimp scampi. Steak was nicely cooked. The scampi was more of a shrimp Alfredo. My friend was a little disappointed. The description did not match what she got. She did not make a fuss. Desserts were excellent ( bananas foster, apple tart, and key lime pie). Some great choices again. Service was just ok. A little more attention would have been nice.
Good but nothing exceptional.
Overcooked seafood. One side of swordfish was completely black. The food was delivered black side down so I could not see it.
We wrote a "not so great" review not long ago because, although our dinner was good, scratchy loud, distorted music was playing through the outdoor speakers all through our dinner. On a prior visit, the same thing was happening inside--loud music over the din of the people. On this trip, however, subtle jazz at a reasonable volume level for dining was playing in the background outside. Inside there was no music at all. It was a MUCH nicer experience. I'm not against loud music, but in a bar, not in a restaurant, and in either place not through speakers that can't handle the volume.
Thanks for listening. The food was very good and we will continue to come back.
great menu. great sunday, Monday specials. sirloin was excellent. great desserts.
Bottomline: If the food had not been as fresh, temperature accurate and tasty as it was, I absolutely would have given this two thumbs down based on the poor interior decor and mismatched blend of music given as a sound track. Not sure I would go back. More detailed review: The interior of this restaurant is unpleasant and dated. Totally uninspiring and leaves one wondering who was in charge and what were they thinking. Truly detracted from the experience. The patio area looked nice with a gas fire and plenty of seating. The interior bar area did not look at as unattractive as the rest of the interior dining space. But the carpet, the giant lamps and vases, and industrial ceiling and crushing light fixtures, the color scheme, booth cushions, everything = hideous. Also, the music playing throughout was disjointed and non thematic. Songs did not paint a mood or set a tone, but seemed randomly selected and in no way related to anything at all. Truly the place gave off an unplanned and awkward vibe. Drinks were good, interesting, and zippy but overpriced. For example lemon ginger martini was delicious and different but at $11 should have been better chilled, and better presented with a tad more in the glass. The clam chowder, everything but sink and blt wedge salads were all delicious and decently proportioned with only slight overpricing. Entree 1 was chicken & sausage pasta and was interesting blend of tastes and generous portion. Entree 2 was mac & cheese with lobster add in. Small portion of pasta, delicious blend of cheeses, good sized chunks of lobster claw, but overpriced for the size served. Oh, and our server forgot our bread.
We met friends for dinner and it was a very nice restaurant. Everyone enjoyed their meals but the Kansas City steak was very think and had some grizzle. The chicken and fish dishes and appetizers were wonderful.
While the service was a little slow and the waitress forgot water, salt and pepper, and the runner at first brought the wrong food, the meal was great. I would suggest going at a less busy time to get the normal excellent food and service we have come to expect.
We regularly eat dinner here and everything is great. But we tried brunch on Father's Day and it was disappointing to say the least. First, at 11 am on a Sunday they had hard rock playing loudly, clearly bar music in dining area. Second, it took over an hour to get our food. And third, the food was cold.
Started with 5 people at our table, unexpectedly grew to 8. Service didn't miss a beat. Very good service throughout the night. Would recommend to a friend.