I called almost a month in advance for a reservation. There were two times available: 5 PM and 8 PM. We chose 5 PM. That turned out to be a good thing, because the place was not full and the servers were plentiful.
This is a new restaurant inside the new Inn at 500 boutique hotel. Richard Langston had his own restaurant (Richard's Café Vicino), and the Inn at 500 approached him to run this new restaurant. He said that he was thrilled, since the new, larger kitchen would allow him to do so many things he could not do at his old place.
We started with a delicious appetizer of Shrimp and Risotto Cakes with basil cream sauce, which included 4 shrimp and 2 risotto cakes, perfect for sharing. My spouse enjoyed a glass of Cinder Dry Viognier with it, and I had a McCall Brewing Mackinaw Red. All of it was delicious, and it piqued our appetites, just like an appetizer should!
My spouse tried the fresh beet salad and thought it was excellent. I had the arugula salad with the piquillo pepper, stuffed with warm goat cheese. It, too, was excellent.
For entrées, we chose 2 different preparations of sea bass. My spouse had the pan-seared sea bass, atop pureed cauliflower, arugula, pistachios, roasted tomatoes and capers. It was likely the best entrée she's had in several years! She very much enjoyed the glass of Pinot Grigio with her entrée.
I ordered a special entrée, sea bass and angel hair pasta with grated cheese. I almost never order pasta, but this one was very good! It would have been nice to have another ingredient or two (capers, olives, etc.), but it was still very good as presented. It was partially my fault, since I asked them not to include the chives, since I've learned chives are afraid of the dark :-)
We tried 2 desserts: a flour-less chocolate torte and a lemon-basil Panna Cotta. I finished the latter. My spouse took home half of the flour less chocolate torte, as it was very rich and dense.
Our server Lindsey did a very good job of attending to us and her other tables. She was assisted by several other waitstaff to refill water glasses, bring bread, clear plates, etc.
The decor is modern, using wine barrel staves hung on wires, beautiful carpeting and upholstered benches to absorb sound.
We will definitely be back for future anniversaries, birthdays, etc.!