Sage could be a great restaurant, but it is conflicted and unsure just what it wants to be - a bar or a restaurant. The Picky Eater and I went to a get together (which was poorly thought-out and planned) taking place the weekend of a wedding we were to attend. The Greeters were nice and accommodating and, eventually, we found the hostess. We were settled into a booth in the bar area and brought menus, though we hadn't asked for them. A pianist was setup not 10 feet from us and vied with noise from the bar crowd, forcing her to nearly scream lyrics to the songs. The room was attractive, but garishly lit and very, very loud. After the pianist finished her set and packed up her gear, we were quickly made aware that there was a dance-floor/room not more than 30 feet from our table. We were joined by 4 others bringing our group to 6. The waitperson was wonderful and bravely explained the menu, provided "spot-on" advice on items, and took our orders over the increasing louder din of the dance music.
I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the food was prepared. We ordered braised short ribs, mini lump crab cakes, Ajillo Shrimp, and tenderloin skewers for table-sharing appetizers. Each was served hot and in generous portions. They all were flavorful and I would recommend each of them. The Picky Eater ordered the Rack of Lamb and I ordered Wood-fire grilled Salmon. Both were excellently prepared. Others ordered salmon, Asiago Chicken, Pappardelle Lamb Ragu and Baby Back Ribs with similar responses on quality and freshness of preparation. I would order the salmon again and after tasting the Lamb Ragu, I would also order it. We skipped dessert.
This is not a cheap place to eat and, though the food is tasty, generously portioned, and presented well; there are other places. Expect great service, though, so maybe it balances out. I would go back to sit in the dining room to avoid the noise and that might make this a true 4 star experience.
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