This is our favourite LA Conner restaurant, but on a couple of recent visits the quality of the service left us scratching our heads. It was as if nobody knew what they were doing. The first evening there were just two of us, and we did alright with our starters and mains, while observing frantic rushing back and forth of the servers. Then we waited ages until finally our waiter dropped the bill on a fly-by. "Hey," we said, "Can we see a dessert menu?" But the food was good. Later in the week, I hosted my extended family - one 9-year old, her parents, my sister and me - for a meal that was, again, tasty, but marred by frantic, forgetful and sporadic service. Our mains came out: three together, 5-10 minutes wait for the 4th, and another 5-10 minutes for the last. No apologies. You would have thought they might have offered a free dessert, or deducted the $3.50 cost of a basket of bread but no. The grand marnier souffle, which is normally superb, looked good, but they forgot the grand marnier. As it takes a while to bake - and in this case an extra-long while - I didn't complain but it was a disappointment. Thankfully we were all happy to be together and the young couple happy to get out for a pleasant evening so the actual dining part of the evening took a back seat to the visiting, but if we'd gone expecting a fine dining experience we would have been disappointed. There is nothing really kid-friendly on the menu. Dinner for 4 1/2 was $253 before tip. The staff were not unpleasant. That's the best I can say. I've given 4 stars for the food, which is better than average.
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