Report Card: Bonefish Grill

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Overall Grade B+

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade A:  We hit Bonefish Grill at around 4:00pm on a Friday.  We actually arrived at a good time, since we did not have to wait for a table nor was the restaurant packed (I’m sure that changed once we left).  As always, Bonefish Grill provided a really nice atmosphere.  The restaurant was clean and noise level was at a minimum, but that’s nothing new.  We’ve always had a pleasant experience when we’ve visited Bonefish Grill.

High marks:  Clean and quiet

Low marks:  Décor is pretty standard – no real “wow” factor

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Service:  Grade B:  The service at Bonefish Grill is consistently really good.  Our server, Heidee, made sure that we had drinks when we needed them and that the meal proceeded with no delays.  Food arrived promptly, but that is probably also due to how few people were eating at the same time as us.  But, as previously stated, service at Bonefish is always really good, and we’ve been there a lot.  Bonefish Grill received a B for service primarily because the service on this particular day was a good as usual, but nothing about it really made this visit any more memorable than any of the dozen other times we’ve eaten there.

High marks:  Good service, minimal wait for drinks and food

Low marks:  Nothing spectacular about service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B:  If you go to Bonefish Grill and do not order Bang Bang Shrimp as your appetizer, someone should sew your mouth shut.  This is simply the one of the BEST appetizers we’ve ever had (Columbus Brewing Company’s calamari is up there as well).  So of course we started with the Bang Bang Shrimp.  Once again, it was amazing.  The only negative is that you can’t order it by the bucket.  If that were possible, you’d find me at Bonefish nightly with a bib and an empty bucket at my feet – with only the telltale presence of Bang Bang sauce on my face to give me away.  For drinks, Katina had the red sangria and I ordered the massive Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.  The sangria at Bonefish has really improved over the last couple of years and now is on par with the Bonefish on Franz Road.  The beer was awesome, as expected.  I could actually feel my chest sprouting more hair – definitely a man’s beer.  Here’s where things get good, and a little bad.  If you’ve read our Honor Roll, you know that we gave Bonefish Grill top honors for a seafood restaurant.  This was primarily due to the strength of their twin lobster tail dinner.  This is the place you need to visit if you like lobster.  The secret is the drawn butter they give you for dipping your lobster.  I’m not sure if they put heavy cream in it or crack cocaine, but it’s instantly addictive.  On this visit, Bonefish was running a special that allowed you to add a lobster tail to any entrée for $7.90 – good deal, right.  Bet you can guess what we did…we ordered the twin lobster tail dinner and indeed we did add a third tail.  We almost single handedly put lobster on the endangered species list.  This was going to be as close to heaven as one could expect, right.  Wrong.  While the lobster tails were still tasty, they were nowhere near the same quality as the lobster we received on our previous visits.  It was a little disappointing, but we got 3 lobster tails for less than $40, so we should probably not complain.

High marks:  Excellent appetizer and drinks

Low marks:  Lobster not on par with usual offering

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Value:  Grade A:  The meal was still delicious, and you would think we were off our rockers if we gave Bonefish Grill anything less than an “A.”  You did read the previous paragraph, right.  Remember the 3 lobster tails….good.  Enough said.

High marks:  Once again, 3 lobster tails

Low marks:  None

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