This restaurant review will look at one of Ithaca’s more popular dinner spots, The Boatyard Grill. With its prime lakefront location on Taughannock Boulevard, this restaurant frequently receives solid ratings from review sources such as Tripadvisor and Urbanspoon. From reading these reviews, it can be seen that customers regularly mention the Boatyard Grill’s nautical themed décor, friendly service, good food and of course the beautiful setting of Cayuga lake.
A first impression of the Boatyard Grill would most likely be the design of the restaurant. As you walk into the boat-house like building, you immediately get a sense of the maritime ambience from the rustic wooden walls and floor boards, to the decorations of old
engines and propellers. The first area is a waiting room which is relatively spacious and has a fair number of seats. The restaurant is often busy, and so even with a prior call for reservations, having to wait is not uncommon. Many customers have said that on busy nights the wait can last up to half an hour or more. However, there is also a bar area where customers can order drinks first. Whilst waiting, you can look into the main dining area which has a high ceiling and large windows that look over the lake. The lighting in this room, particularly at night, is set by dimmed lamps that hang from the ceiling, and can be described as a fiery glow. This complements the restaurants wooden décor, giving the whole establishment a relaxed cabin-like atmosphere.
On the matter of service, from when you are seated to when you request the bill, there are evidently mixed reviews. As mentioned, the restaurant is often very busy, and so some customers have complained that the waiters can sometimes seem hectic, ruining the atmosphere and resulting in slower service. Also, each table is designated only one waiter, and this may cause some confusion when a request is made to another waiter. However, most customers say that employees are friendly and...
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