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Chart House Restaurant
of Longboat Key Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Anonymous party of  4 had dinner at the Chart House on Longboat Key 15 Jan 2010 and rated the crab cakes, grouper, mahi mahi as very good because "food was good, as expected" and writes "The food wass generally good, as one would expect from Chart House. However the service was awful:
1. guests appetizers served ten minute apart.
2. then after a 30 minute wait we were told the fish originally ordered was not available. Although the server had told us that it was 'just coming', the reality was that it had not even been started. This was close to an hour after our original order was taken.
3. when after a further 30 minute wait the entrees arrived, two were incorrect. We were served king crab rather than the dungeness as ordered, and I was served rice rather than the potatos as ordered.
4. hot water earlier ordered never arrived.
5. We were not told in advance that the lava cake required 30 minutes advance notice, so having spent most of the evening waiting we were not too interested in a further wait.

The kitchen was likely in chaos and the server was completeely out of her depth. a truly bad dining experience."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 2
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 3
Kid Friendly Rating: 4
Value Rating: 2
Overall Experience: 4

Anonymous party of 3 had dinner at the Chart House on Longboat Key and rated the Salad Bar, Baked potato, prawns, hot chocolate Lava cake excellent because, "It is just fantastic!!" and writes on September 28, 2006, "This is an old favourite of ours. We are from England, so we do not get to eat at this restaurant very often, but it is still one of my favourites.
Every time, our table is never read when we arrive, giving us the opportunity to go and have a drink in their bar (my mother often has the Chocolate Wave, which she absolutely ADORES), and I normally have a soft drink.
I am a very fussy eater, so whenever I go to the Chart House, all I have for my starter and main course is the salad bar and a baked potato. Their salad bar is just sensational!!! Their baked potato is cooked just how I like it!
Of course, no visit is complete without having the Hot Chocolate Lava cake. This takes a long time to cook, so it has to be ordered at the same time as the main courses, but it is the BEST DESSERT EVER!!!! (and I should know!!)
In conclusion, this is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota, and anyone who hasn't been there doesn't know what they are missing."
Service Rating: 2
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 2
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Kid Friendly Rating: 3
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Anonymous ordered the Salad Bar, Beef Tenderloin, Rack of Lamb and rated the food excellent because, "Everything was perfect. Even the bread is outstanding and rises above all expectations." and writes on 1/16/2004: "This was an outstanding meal. First, food. The bread is great, especially the flatbread. The salad bar is outstanding, as are pre-made Caesar and House salads. All of us had this. We ordered, four entrees, 3 Tenderloin Medallions, Rack of Lamb, and Blacked Fresh Catch Salmon. The Tenderloin Medallions are served in a sweet, tangy mango sauce. They were also incredibly tender. They came with excellent, light, fluffy garlic mashed potatoes. The Fresh Catch option is great because it lets you have your fish, your way. The two oddball meals were supposedly outstanding. Then we had the famous Chocolate Lava Cake, the best dessert ever created by man. Service is friendly and efficient. Ambiance is very good, but the restaurant's interior is a little 80's. Cleanliness is outstanding, and the chef is happy to accommodate a child's request, although many first-time customers may not know you can do this, hence the 2. "Charts" is worth the money."

Anonymous who has been to the Longboat Key Chart House 4 times rated the food excellent because, "It was!" and writes on May 25, 2003, "This restaurant is fantastic! We had a party of six {two being children}. The spinach salad is to die for! The crab cakes are the BEST I have ever eaten!. My husband had the Ahi tuna and raved about it. Our daughter thought the steak was great and our son-in-law loved Everything! As for the girls, they had a great time. Our server, Brian, was nothing less than fantastic! He did a fantastic job as a waiter, bartender and was especially kind to our grandchildren. It is definitely a must try!"

Danny Greer writes on 3/15/2003: "The service by Valerie was great. My prime rib was very good. My wife's tapoli was the best she ever had. My daughters NY strip was a little over cooked but was tasty.. Maybe med. is cooked too well. Enjoyed the evening and are going back."

Peter Brown says he has visited 18 times and writes: "Although from England where we have a selection of fine restaurants I am yet to find a restaurant locally that matches the all round caliber of the Chart House. We regularly visit Longboat Key and always visit this restaurant on our first evening out. Not only because of the excellent food but also because of the warm welcome we receive, the fabulous setting and the overall ambience. My favourite starter has to be the Chicken Satay which you can heat yourself at your table, I normally follow this with their excellent Fillet steak or sometimes I treat myself to a Pork Chop accompanied by their delicious Jacket Potato and a side salad from their mouthwatering salad bar. Wash this all down with a superb bottle of red wine chosen from the extensive wine list and it truly makes a memorable evening out. Longboat Key is awash with fantastic restaurants but this has always been and will always be my favourite."


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