We live in the area and had never been to the Cove. So when a duo who we know was performing there on a Friday evening we decided it was a good opportunity to give it a try. We had heard mostly positive things and knowing it is managed by SoDel we had high expectations. What a letdown.
While not terrible the whole experience other than the entertainment was just not worth where the prices are set. The only real value was the $3 Blue Moon beers. The soup du jour was beef barley and it just did not have a home made 'look' to it and I have tasted way better from a can of Progresso which would also be twice the serving size of this. $7??? Then the Turkey and avocado panini was even more of a rip off. It was nicely prepared and looked delicious, however when I opened it up to put on the chipotle mayo I was shocked to see the 'turkey' was nothing more than sliced Oscar Mayer style lunch meat! C'mon SoDel??? $12 for a sandwich I can make at home for $1.50???
Then the service. While not rude our bartender was relatively ambivalent about us. The restaurant was barely 1/4 full however she rarely checked in on us and we waited a long time for our second beer. Then when she did get us our second Blue Moon it was not served with an orange slice as is customary so we had to wait and get another bartenders attention to get the orange. Finally despite the mediocrity of it all I still tipped $7 on a $31 check and did not even get a thank you.
With the abundance of dining options in our area, including the many SoDel options we love like Papa Grande and Catch 54, it is doubtful there will be a return to the Cove for anything more than a beer while watching fine entertainment.
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