Had a 12:30pm lunch reservation for 6 people, confirmed on Open Table. When the group arrived, the parking lot was very empty and there was a sign on the door saying Closed due to Private Party. No phone call to tell the group they were closed, no email via Open Table. Made a quick phone reservation at another local restaurant. From all I have been reading about Christopher Daniel, I'm not surprised. Ugly ending to what used to be my favorite local restaurant.
I hate to give a bad review, the night that we were there we waited at the hostess station foe 15 minutes. The waitress came over and said honestly that we wouldn't get good service, which I really admired. The were in the weeds, and some of their staff didn't show up, they had more walk ins then expected. Just to be fair.
We made a reservation for 7pm. We arrived at 6:55, and no one was at the front desk to seat us until 7:20. We did not see a waiter until 7:30 and did not get menus until 7:35. When we finally got water, everyone's glass was full of stuff floating. After waiting for 15 minutes, we decided to leave. We saw a hand written sign on the front door as we were leaving saying the restaurant was closed. There was one server for the whole restaurant. Last time we visited there, after we ate dinner we saw a mouse run around the dining room.
This is the only negative review we have ever written for Christopher Daniel. We made a reservation through Open Table which was accepted for early Monday. We arrived and the restaurant was closed. Another party arrived at the same time to celebrate a friend's birthcay; they too had made a reservation. There was no posted explanation for the closure.
Arrived 20 minutes before our 5 o' clock reservation and was told we couldn't be served until 5. We were the only one there. We were served by the hostess. After that, ever was fine.
The utensils are not clean but the food is delicious though.
When we arrived at 5:30pm there was no one to greet us or anyone in sight. The restaurant was empty. After a brief time we were greeted and seated. While waiting for the waitress to bring our drink order we saw a mouse run across the floor. I suspect this restaurant will not be open much longer. The wine list only has a few of the listed wines. Many of the entrees were not available to order. The bread was rock hard, stale. If we had not had a gift certificate to use we would have walked out. At least two other tables of folks who came in after us left before ordering. There was only one waitress and she also was food runner and maître d'. Very disappointing for a restaurant that was once at the top of my list.
The lunch experience was strictly D minus. I met a friend at the restaurant. My side of the white tablecloth had a very obvious food stain on it, which the hostess quickly covered with my napkin. I went to look at what used to be a pretty good wine list; about one-third of the wines had been highlighted by hand with a pink highlighter. I confirmed that the highlighted wines were the only ones they had. I ordered one of the lunch specials, mahi-mahi with coconut shrimp. The mahi-mahi had no seasoning. It tasted like they pulled it out of a 2-lb freezer bag and threw it in the microwave. No taste. Part of it was dried out; overcooked. On the same plate I got two good sized shrimp that looked like maybe they were steamed. No coconut. I noted that they were supposed to be coconut, and the busboy took the shrimp back into the kitchen. A few seconds later (literally) our server came back with the shrimp to tell us they had no coconut shrimp. The haricot verts were undercooked. It's a shame; Christopher Daniel used to be a really nice restaurant. A few years ago I got some lobster mac and cheese there as a side, and I STILL remember it. It was amazing. I don’t know what happened, but something definitely went wrong somewhere.
This was my third trip here. The first two times the meal was excellent. This time I ordered the same item I had ordered last time - 6 oz tenderloin. I asked for medium, it was well done. The yukon gold mashed potatoes, which were delicious the last time I was here, in January 2017, were flavorless and cold. The waiter offered to get me a new tenderloin, but we had already waited a considerable amount of time for our meal and I did not want to wait. Even though I alerted the waiter to the problems, no manager ever came to the table and apologized and there was no attempt made to make up for the shortcomings. I will not be back.
Don't think they will be around much longer. At the bar they were out of the first four things we ordered. Bartender stated they were out or low of a lot. They were out of the first two wines we ordered. We had dinner at 5pm and were the only people there (only three people in the bar). When we left after 6pm we were still the only people there. There were only a few tables set for dinner. Used to be a pretty popular spot. Looks kind of shaky now.