Monday, January 14, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays at Burntwood Tavern

"R" and I celebrated the holidays with his family at Burntwood Tavern before we headed off to NY. It was my first time dining at any of their locations, and it left me wanting more.

We met at the Rocky River location for dinner on a busy Friday night. We had a 7:00 reservation, and the table was ready for us shortly after our 6:30PM arrival. We intended to just grab a drink at the bar before the rest of the family arrived, which we did. But I did appreciate that they hurried to get our table ready for us. The bar was very cool, with a copper bar top, interesting light fixtures, and plenty of beverage options.
It's quite long, so we had no problem grabbing a seat and enjoying a glass of wine while we waited.

Our party of six was seated in the side room that appears to be part of their outdoor patio in the warmer months. There was a great fireplace burning, and I loved the refurbished look of the tables. However, there was a live band playing in the main bar area, and even with a temporary wall and the doors shut-- it was incredibly loud and tainted our holiday celebration.

However, the food more than made up for it.

Per many people's recommendations, "R" and I shared an order of the Tuna Nachos with sashimi tuna, crispy wontons, avocado salsa, scallions, and cilantro cream drizzle ($10). Loved the flavors and texture of this dish, but I wish that the tuna was thinly sliced into larger pieces rather than the diced tuna that was served. Some wonton chips didn't have any tuna on them, and the small pieces often struggled to stay on the chip.

For my entree, I ordered the Filet with an 8 oz. center-cut filet mignon with blistered asparagus and potatoes Quinlan ($26). Now, I had a couple of glasses at wine at this point-- but I swear that it was one of the best steaks that I've had in a while. Seasoned perfectly, and cooked to medium-rare as requested. The sides were enjoyable as well, and I'd have a hard time not ordering this again. "R" went with the Cedar Planked Salmon ($19), and liked it a lot too. I tasted it and, for once, it wasn't too fishy tasting for me. Salmon just doesn't do it for me.

Since then, we've been back for drinks with friends. The atmosphere is comfortable and inviting, yet hip. I'm already anticipating another return for dinner. Have you been?

Burntwood Tavern
Four Locations- Rocky River, Solon, Chagrin Falls (original), and Brecksville


Holly said...

I've been to the River location twice in the past year and both times the experience was sub-par. Last time was for New Year's eve. The food was undercooked. I had some pasta with swiss chard. Took at least 30 minutes to get a glass of water and they were not even that busy. Lot of empty tables. Between the waitress and the cook, not going back again for at least a year, maybe longer.

Alana said...

this is just a few minutes away so we've been a few times! we usually do apps and drinks which are always good. i've had the same frustration with the loud band on friday nights.

Dave Grand said...

I have been to the Solon location twice and enjoyed it very much. Never there when there has been live music, so it was always quiet. It was also always crowded - both visits were on Friday nights. Was quite impresed with the food. On my last visit the beer snob in me was amused that our waitress did not know that Dogfish Head was a beer!