Currant American Bistro
Gave it 3 stars for food but it's really 3.5; just not quite at 4 and it varies somewhat based on what you order. The sandwich of the day is a decent value if you like the choice for the day.
delicious food, excellent service. Went with a friend for casual dinner, and we both enjoyed our appetizers and our entrees. We were both too full for dessert. Had a free popcorn app from Yelp, and the truffle Parmesan popcorn was a nice treat.
We ate here early, prior to going to the Opera. The restaurant is within easy walking distance from the Civic Center Theater. I had the glazed grilled salmon served with parmesan asparagus spears which was very good. My husband had the sea bass which he felt was a bit bland. We split a Caesar salad and it was plenty for two.
It had been years since I dined at Currant, not because it lacked anything, but because I rarely had the opportunity to dine downtown. I was so impressed with the restaurant that for years I sent travelers, who asked for my opinion as an Airport Ambassador, to dine at what I called " a destination restaurant in a sweet hotel." It was time for me to see if I approved of Currant currently. Absolutely. And now I encourage the curious to be part of Happy Hour for appealing appetizers and choice wine at a discount. Friendly and competent wait staff, of course. Mellow background tapes for quiet conversation. I have no reservations about recommending Currant.
I had a burger and it was very, very good although the menu is limited - probably better for lunch than a pre-theater dinner. Reasonably priced wine list with decent choices. The ambiance would have been cozy but the television sets scattered around the restaurant offer the intimacy of an Applebee's. Our waiter was pleasant but rushed us to order then clear our plates (no, not while one person is still eating, thank you). He was not very knowledgeable on the menu and didn't sell us on anything (the rosotto is not that great, i hate rice - he said). He said he was the manager as well but I am skeptical as to whether that was true. The rest of the staff was very nice and knowledgeable. The burger was so good I might actually go back but probably not in a dress.
Had to wait 5 min for valet to make appearance. When he did he was confused, disoriented or drugged. Other than the quality of the beef, the food was very mediocre -- wedge salad swimming in too much low-taste dressing greyere on onion soup nuked to a rubbery consistency while the soup itself was watery, cool and lacking in flavor; frites were not crisp; sea bass barely warm one person received no sauce or frites with his order having to wait for them while meal got even cooler. Dining room and bar were chaotic & loud. Texted for car when ready to go but again valet wasn't cognizant & had to wait at least 5 min in the rain for him to locate the keys & bring the car. Altogether a very unpleasant experience.
Burger was cooked well, side salad was too much. My guests turkey burger looked dry. Server waited a while to take our order.
I was sorry they didn’t offer the full menu on Christmas Eve
I was embarrassed when the server came over and said was credit card was declined twice. Turns out it was their system but I was at a business lunch and he could have been more discreet.
I was told to either pay cash or wash dishes.
Also I had the risotto which was $16.95. The veggies in it were not cooked and hard.
My wife and I have been to Currant many times and our latest dinner was not up to their high standards. We both ordered the grilled salmon and what we were served was very small. Normally the salmon is a generous piece but not this time. Even the couple we were with remarked how small the serving size was. In hindsight, I should have spoken to the manager but we were in a hurry to catch a play. I may mention it the next time we have dinner there.
This was a pre theatre choice and proved to be quite acceptable to our party. Nice relaxed environment, not too noisy so we could hear each other, food was good and just the right portion. Service ok, coffee could have been warmed more frequently. Overall , very happy with food, location and price.
Poor coordination among the servers where we were seated. Appetizer arrived after the salad, which was served without water as requested, and our wine selection didn’t arrive until after entree was served so we had to ask.
We made a reservation through Open Table. We were seated, that was fine. But then, we waited and waited and waited some more and no one ever came over. Then we got up to ask if anyone was ever going to come greet us. We were told someone would be over momentarily. We sat back down and waited and waited and waited some more. We asked again, and again, we waited! This was the most ridiculous experience. We eventually just walked out and left. I will never return here again after that experience.
Fantastic food, fantastic service. Great place to eat before going to the theater. We will make it a habit.
The Pork Charcuterie, Nicoise salad and Apple Strudel were wonderful and the service was excellent. We are definitely coming back!