Rather rude.... The food was adequate at best - the bread being the highlight of our meal. The appetizers arrived seconds before our entrees and the service was spotty. Having Julia Child on the flatscreen over the bar was kind of neat. I have found MANY other places in Williamsburg that are far better.
Hostess imposed time limit on our meal!.
My husband and I ate at the Blue Talon for the first time in December 2007. We arrived around 4:45pm for dinner and were promptly seated; however, as we were settling in, the "hostess" told us that they would need the table back in an hour, because we didn't have a reservation! I was simply too stunned at the time to react as I would have now (of course, I should have simply got up and left). A restaurant should not seat customers without reservations if they intend to impose time restrictions! We noticed that no one else seated after us were told to eat fast.
Certainly, my husband and I don't normally linger during a meal anyway, so we knew we would not be there longer than an hour; however, our dining experience was spoiled by this.
In addition, our waiter could not place our dinner order until exactly 5:00pm, which seemed a bit odd - even with computer-based ordering... but the food did arrive fairly quickly after 5.
While the food was good (except for the overly salty bread), it wasn't quite worth the $20 for the chicken and veggies. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing, but we were seated in the middle of two other tables (that were filled after we arrived) and then we felt a bit cramped. The bathrooms were clean, but there was no baby changing station (a lady who was in there had to change her baby's diaper on the window ledge).
Summary: if you make a reservation, and dress relatively nice, I'm sure they'll be nicer to you! The food was good, but a bit pricey.
Depends on how long you take to eat....
Party of five arrived at 5:45 on a Friday night. The restaurant was empty. The hostess stated they had a party coming in at 7:00 PM and wanted to know how long we were going to take to eat. Mind you that, again, the restaurant was empty and when my husband sneaked a peak at the book, there were only 5 reservations on the books for that night. Well, since we were with an 18-month old, we explained to her that we probably wouldn't linger for hours. After going back to talk to someone, she finally came back out and agreed to seat us.
Dinner was pretty tasty. Two of us had the scallop daily special, and the others had the calves liver and a seared-ahi tuna. Not the most original menu, but it sure beat all the pancake-waffle-chain restaurants we encountered the other days in Williamsburg. Oh, and the 18-month old had macaroni and cheese. Our waiter was just lovely, my daughter fell madly in love with him and hugged him while we were waiting for our deserts.
I'd go for the service, the tasty bread, and great children's menu (they'll do almost any entree children's size), but make a reservation so you don't have to deal with the hostess.
Absolutely UNDERWHELMING.... I made a reservation at the Fat Canary and asked if they would recommend another restaurant in Williamsburg, VA of their caliber. They suggested The Blue Talon so I had relatively high expectations. From the moment I walked in I was disappointed and decided to give it a chance anyway. The decor looked as if it was best suited to lunch and I still had high hopes of a good meal. My girlfriend?s mother had been there before for lunch so we maintained a positive outlook on the evening. We ordered champagne that was flat and they replaced it with a more expensive bottle that we had to pay for which was fine because it was a better bottle. We ordered our food and had appetizers and before I had finished my salad the server asked if we were ready for our food and I said 5 more minutes please. By the time we received our food the burger my girl friend ordered was dry and she asked for mayonnaise. Her burger also had wilted, brownish lettuce on it that didn?t look very appetizing. She had requested crisp french fries and they were cold and tasted old. They asked her if something wasn't to her liking and she told them about the fries. They brought her new fries that were warmer and they were soggy and tasted like old oil. The dish her mother got was dry due to waiting the extra 5 minutes and she had sent it back and when my girlfriend finally received her mayo, she cut into the burger and found it to be rare when she asked for it to be medium. My steak was fine since I asked for it rare and it was, although it was the same color as my girlfriend?s medium burger. All of a sudden it was time to bring the meal to a close and deserts were not on our minds at all. I have to say that I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food was mediocre at best and the servers bumped into the back of my girlfriend?s chair a number of times without an apology. They did take things back and they never offered us anything as compensation for our inconvenience including an apology.
Thoroughly mediocre.. I've had the dubious pleasure of dining here several times, and each experience has been rather disappointing. The service has ranged from awful (no apology for spilling coffee all over the table, and no offer to replace the dripping saucer!) to perfect, but the food has been consistently unimpressive, particularly given that this is supposed to be one of the nicer restaurants in Williamsburg (and has the pricetag to prove it). The menu is pretty standard, which is not a bad thing if executed well, but the food is no better than what you'd find at your local chain restaurant, and any attempt to break the mold (leave the goat curry to the experts, please) is not quite successful. Not a bad place, but not somewhere I'm clamoring to return to any time soon.
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