Report Card: Mitchell’s Steak House

 

Mitchell's Steakhouse

Mitchell’s Steakhouse

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http://www.mitchellssteakhouse.com

 

Overall GrubGrade A

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade A: Inside and outside, Mitchell’s Steakhouse exudes classiness. We’ve seen reviews that are critical of Mitchell’s because of the lack of table linens, but we don’t have a problem with it. Personally, I get embarrassed when I drop some sauce on the white linens – it makes me feel like more of a slob than I normally do. Mitchell’s Steakhouse was very clean and the tables might be just a touch too close to each other, but we didn’t have any issues overhearing anyone else’s conversations. We had a very light wait for our table despite having reservations, but unlike Capital Grille in Pittsburgh, Mitchell’s only had us waiting for a few moments (we grabbed a seat at the bar and they had our table ready before the bartender could take our drink order).   The interior décor was nice and upscale, but might be considered a tad boring since it looked pretty much like every other premium steakhouse at which we’ve dined.

High marks: Very clean and contemporary

Low marks: Slight wait for table, décor not very unique

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Service: Grade A+: Katina and I had selected Mitchell’s because we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we felt like getting pampered. So, I was ready to really tear apart our service, but I didn’t get that chance. Our server, Julie, was worth her weight in gold. This was one of those rare occasions when a server obtains near perfection in our eyes, and probably the main reason we score this category so harshly. She was amazing, and to the management of Mitchell’s Steakhouse, whatever you’re paying her isn’t near enough. Julie was very personable and wished us a happy anniversary without harping on it all night. She had an uncanny ability to not be near us when she wasn’t needed yet appear the moment we needed something from her. She made us feel like we were her only table, but I know she had more tables than just ours. The meal was very appropriately paced, allowing Katina and I to have a conversation but not having us waiting for food or drinks to arrive. Our orders were spot on in accuracy, and we could find nothing negative to say about the service. Outstanding.

High marks: Felt pampered, service was accurate, it was all good

Low marks:   None

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Food/Spirits: Grade A-: Like most of our dining experiences, we started off with drinks and an appetizer. Unlike most of our dining experiences, this one started off with personal menus, which was a nice touch.

Our personalized menus

Our personalized menus

Katina ordered a Blueberry Mojito, which was well-balanced with just a hint of mint. The mojito had a nice strong blueberry flavor and virtually no alcohol bite. I ordered a Guinness because I like how the flavor of that beer complements most steaks and chops. We selected the Spicy Lobster for an appetizer. The Spicy Lobster consisted of lightly breaded bite sized chunks of lobster that were perfectly cooked. A spicy cream sauce accompanied the lobster. The cream sauce wasn’t really spicy despite the name, but did have a really nice flavor. For entrees, Katina selected the Twin Caribbean Lobster tails (big surprise) and I selected the lamb chops (even bigger surprise). Katina thought the lobster tails were nicely seasoned and they were served with regular melted butter. The tails were really good, but mixing a little heavy cream with the butter (a la Bonefish Grill) makes the butter thicker and causes it to stick to the lobster better. Yummy, but the lobster was still really tasty. The lamb chops came out as a fairly large portion (I find most lamb chop portion size to be on the small size).   Other than a couple of spots that had some gristle, the chops were perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. Whereas Barrel 44 couldn’t get medium will right with their burgers, Mitchell’s Steakhouse nailed it. We has some green beans cooked with red pepper and bacon as our side, and they were simply some of the best green beans we’ve has to date. They were crispy and very flavorful, and made me not mind earing my vegetables (which is not an easy feat). After finishing off our entrées, we were ready to pack it in, but Julie was having none of that. We scored a complementary desert to share since it was our anniversary, and the cheesecake we selected was simply awesome. It has a nice, rich flavor without being overwhelming like some cheesecakes can be. We gathered up our stuff and headed out the door, but we were stopped on the way out and handed an envelope. Inside was a note wishing us a happy anniversary and a $25 gift card. Wow! We really felt like we were getting individual treatment. If you are going out to celebrate an occasion, we can think of no better place than Mitchell’s Steakhouse to spend your money.

High marks: Delicious drinks and appetizer, awesome green beans and dessert               

Low marks: A little gristle here and there

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Value: Grade B: We actually got a whole lot more for our money than we were expecting. Normally a bill the size of ours would fetch a grade of C, but the service and experience were so wonderful, we had to give Mitchell’s a B. Watch out though…you’re not getting off too cheap. But we can definitely say the at Mitchell’s Steakhouse, you get what you pay for (and then some).

High marks: Good portion size, great service, and a few perks

Low marks: A little expensive, but worth it

 

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