The food was bland and expensive. I do not think my husband or I would ever return.
It was my first visit and i was given a gift card..my best friend and i went for dinner and we were completely satisfied. the food was amazing
The food is off the chart..scallops seared to perfection, fresh handmade pasta, carrot ginger soup, Ribeye... can't wait to go back.
Our Friday night routine is Fresh Catch Friday at Brandl's and it doesn't disappointment. Last Friday's delicious entree was Pan-seared halibut with panzanella salad and yuzu vinaigrette. Fresh and creative is the best way to describe the food here. The staff is friendly and engaging.
The manager/host who greeted us seemed preoccupied with his cell phone the entire time we were there. When asked about their online 3 course for $30 special he proceeded to the desk and came back (alittle annoyed) with a Passover menu and said we could have that for $30. Nothing like the online menu. So we did not order that. Let me also note, there was one couple beside our party of 4. When they left, no other patrons came in to restaurant while we were there. We waited forever to order. When food finally arrived it was mediocre. No one came to our table to see if it was to our satisfaction and if we needed anything. (Again, no one in the restaurant ) maybe it was an off night, but we spent $165.00 not including the tip, which we gave full 20% even tho not deserved. I don't think we will be returning there.
So we went on Easter Sunday. we did the typical thing read reviews, looked at the menu and the photos. The place was not busy, we made the reservation about 1/2hr before we got there. We got a nice table in the corner away from the kids. We never saw our waiter. Someone came by gave us water and bread. The Host came back and gave us the Easter Special menu. This restaurant was chosen because I could get a salad and a steak. The special menu had no salads and was told you could only order off the special menu by the host. So after a loaf of bread, no drinks and no waiter we got up and left.
Excellent meal. Lump crab cake and lazy lobster were superb. My partners filet and potato au gratin with wild mushroom ragout was fabulous.
This contemporary American Belmar fixture is trying to fill a niche for its Jewish clientele. Though most restaurants at this time of year are offering Easter Sunday menus, Brandl’s is offering a Passover week menu in addition. As the Jews among us who eat out frequently will attest, it is difficult to find a meal during Passover week that complies with holiday dietary restrictions. Most kosher restaurants are closed and at secular restaurants patrons have to pick and choose to do lip service to the holiday restrictions. Brandl’s through its price fixed menu gives you a complete meal. Though not truly parve, it is one that does homage to the holiday. A nice gesture to the Jewish community. Two comments however. It would be nice if they offered matzah instead of bread with the meal and someone should tell the chef the secret of adding seltzer to making a light and fluffy matzah ball. Despite this, we would definitely recommend it.
Food was ridiculously overpriced and mediocre at best. I walked out feeling like i got scammed. Would not recommend!
Fresh ingredients, innovate and creative dishes and warm and inviting staff help make Brandl’s one of our go to restaurants. At the end of the week, my husband and I enjoy their fresh catch Fridays’. Last Friday their special was Atlantic cod saltimbocca, delicious. I don’t know what they wrapped the fish in, but it was crispy and it kept the fish moist. The kumquat mustardo had a nice tartness that played well off fish. The sweet potato purée and Napa cabbage added a lovely accompaniment to the fish. The angry bok choy wasn’t available, so we again had their roasted Brussels sprouts with the pomegranate molasses, which is always good. For dessert, their lemon cheese cake made it feel like a spring day, despite the dreary weather.
Love that they make souffles, Interesting menu and combinations, the brussel sprouts are super, Enjoy the sou vis meals and lazy Lobster. Had the duck risotto this time excellent. thought a bit of a drive for us it's worth coming back to.
We had to ask for an ice bucket for our wine after it sat opened and warm on the table for a good 10 minutes. Our server never came to ask how anything was. The donuts for desert tasted like they had been fried in oil that something had burnt in. The octopus appetizer was good however for the price of the dinner there are definitely superior options available in the area.
We went for a sunday night dinner. We brought a bottle of wine since this place is BYOB and they do not charge a cork fee which is wonderful. The roasted garlic oyster appetizer is a MUST! They had live music with a guitarist who was absolutely wonderful. The service is great and attentive. We shall definitely be back again !
Food was very good.
My wife got the Lazy Lobster which is their signature dish. Very generous portion of lobster over risotto. I got the pork shank special.
All very good. BYOB.
We left stuffed and will return.
We love this local gem. The food is consistently innovative, excellently prepared, delicious and elegantly presented with minimal fuss. Their side dishes get the same treatment. Their crispy Brussels sprout and angry bok choy are tasty.
Food was great as usual
Dinner here is always a delight with such a creative chef and attentive serving staff. Happened upon a special truffle ravioli that melted in our mouths! Oh. My.
The white chocolate raspberry soufflé was worth the wait and a good time was had by all! Thank you for another wonderful dining experience!
Great food. A bit expensive, but the food was worth it. Also, it’s a BYOB, so that definitely helps.
Outstanding...as always. Grilled swordfish was terrific. Tuna Tartar was the best I've ever had.
We were a little disappointed with our dining experience. We were seated at the banquet and asked to change to a table as it was so low. Our reservation was at 6pm and restaurant was not crowded, but hostess said no. We were rushed with our meal, no sooner did we finish our appetizers that our entrees were served. When you are dining in a fine restaurant
You don't want to be rushed!! This was not our first time at Brandle's but unfortunately it may be our last.
Brandl's is one of our all time favorites. Food is always delicious.
Dishes are priced a bit high.
Food tasted great but on the pricy side. Suitable for anniversaries dinners.
Forgot how good the food is. Excellent service, nice quiet atmosphere. Going to become a regular dining spot, for sure!
The host I found to be quite rude, he made my husband and I feel rather uncomfortable. No one ever came back to the table after our meal was put down to see if everything was alright. I really wanted some pepper, simple request but never got the opportunity to ask. It is a very pricey restaurant for such poor service. We will not return.
The food was great, however I had a reservation and still had to wait 40 minutes to be seated. It was expensive but no complain otherwise. The staff was very friendly.
Valentine's Day. We had a 730 reservation and did not get seated until 9pm!! Nothing was taken off bill for the inconvenience nor did the owner apologize .. very disappointed
My only complaint was the wait. We had 7 pm reservations for two, and weren’t seated until 7:50 pm. Many groups had to wait even though they had reservations as well. Not much room to wait, and couldn’t wait outside because it was raining/snowing.
Place never disappoints. Service is great. Got an early seating as the place ALWAYS fills up quickly. Had Tina as our server, she is a sharp, attentive server. We opted not to go with the Price Fixe menu (which looked great) and they offered any main course on that menu as a single choice. Restaurants with this type of menu RARELY lets you go rogue on the offering. Great touch. Went with the Lazy Lobster over risotto. Loved it.
We were seated in back against against a wall. Now I admit to having “table envy” often thinking another table would be better for one reason or another. As it turned out it was just fine, being the quietest spot on a busy night. A restaurant that offers foie gras and does it well is notable. My dish paired the the melt in the mouth tender foie gras with pineapple and luscious sauce reduction, spoon included. Eating my seared scallops with mushroom risotto I secretly wished the meal would never end. The Hot Pecan Bread Pudding with bourbon ice cream is not to be missed. As should be expected in a fine restaurant like this, the coffee was very good and a satisfying end to a wonderful meal. Our server was helpful, friendly and efficient. Yes the prices are on the higher side but after a meal like this, I felt the meal was worth every penny. Oh and it’s a byob so I’m always satisfied with the wine selection.
Went for dinner. Food and service were both great. Enjoyed it very much
Brandl has good food and we really liked the atmosphere
Valentines Day dinner! Greeted by a grumpy host and a packed restaurant. No happy Valentines Day or welcome. We had a reservation but he offered us a table in the empty dismal cold tented outdoor area and seemed annoyed that I said no we would prefer sitting indoors. He then responded with an attitude go sit at the makeshift bar/waiting area. Its a BYOB and nobody offered to open our wine for us. So we eventually found a waitress who helped.. Tables are tightly packed and seating uncomfortable. One table was a 10 seater with couples having to sit right next to each other! Not very romantic! Our waitress was delightful but service was slow. One and a half hours in we had only got our first course. The $75pp prefix menu was undesirable but we tried to make the most by all ordering something different. Small portions except for the Beef Wellington. The table seated to our right told us how they had ordered theres medium rare and when they got it it was well done. For fear of waiting half an hour to get a new order he just left it. My Lobster Thermidor was pitiful. I took all the lobster out the shell and it accounted for 2 small tablespoons full. No sides came with it. Dessert was so unimpressive. A dry burnt peanut butter soufflé that we took one bite of. All in all one of the worst Valentines dining experiences we have had. We will NEVER go back.
that family of 19 million didn't seem to fit on Valentines Day for 2 hours but hey, to each his own.
we had a wonderful time, the service was great, the food was great, the flavors were incredible. the decor was very nice. I will def be back to try more of the menu!
Nothing to complain about but it was funny that on Val Day there was this huge table in the middle of everyone with 2 couples and 4 kids just sitting there before we got there and still there after we left (and we didn't rush at all)... while people waited and waited, it seemed to us.
Just delicious! The lobster bisque might be the best I ever had. Also we had the Sunday lazy lobster special the duck breast and the tuna tartar appetizer. Great food. And
I liked the choice of music they played.
Not great service
Waited 30 minutes after my reservation time
Well, firstly, let’s start with the atmosphere. Although nicely decorated and nicely lit for a romantic dinner, the nose levels were very loud . It’s one big room, with high ceilings, so that is probably part of the problem. Some sound deadening is definitely needed. Also, the majority of patrons are sited via “ family style” via long tables. Unless you’re into getting cozy with the fella next to you, Beware . And the perimeter bench-style sofa inspired seating is so squishy and unsupported, that I almost lost my date. Honestly, she is pretty petite, but she sank in so far that she looked like a reality show misfit. All kidding aside, spend some coin and invest in better quality, your patrons deserve better!! Especially considering that most people going out on Saturday evening except, not only exceptional food, but the whole experience. Moving to the important stuff, the food. Great presentation and for the most part pretty good. Price point is on the higher side, especially for the aperitifs and pasta. My dates pasta was $28.00. Considering it was the consistency of Campbell’s chicken noodle, not a good thing. I had the duck, which most fans will agree, takes some special presentation, not to mention a succulent specimen. The presentation was spot on, so was the sauce, but the portion was on the small side, about 6 oz overall. Thanks to the dessert I left satisfied. It was a chocolate bread style concoction which was excellent.
Excellent service and food!
Had a great time, our waitress was wonderful. The other service staff did not engage with us at all. Drop and go or grab and go..
Other than that we had a great date!
Based on all of the bad reviews and word-of-mouth in the area I would never waste my money to be treated by a horrible host the way that the reviews say. Not sure why they are still in business