by Shar B. on
Let me preface this by saying first off, I only know this place as a restaurant - have enjoyed a few early dinners here as well as brunch. I have no idea what this place is like as a club or nightlife destination. We first encountered this place a few years ago while doing research on restaurants w/ private rooms while we were planning a family reunion/holiday party. First off, the spaces are spectacular! The Main Dining Room is coolly decorated & spacious. The even-larger "Garden" gives the illusion of being outside w/ its trees & abundance of light (I think the ceiling/roof in there is translucent if I remember correctly). The room we were most interested in for our family party was The Red Room, as it was the most private & "traditional" looking to us, a room still visually neat-o but not TOO sleek for a family thing (the website calls this room "very red, dark, warm & sexy"!). There's also the cool Atrium (visible from the Garden Room, modern but cozy w/ a fireplace) & The Penthouse (nicely hip upstairs area for larger parties). We would've had our party in that Red Room but, while meals here are reasonably-moderately priced, the group event prices were a bit steep for our budget (brunch prices were doable but we were going for a dinner). Even though we passed on this for our event, we still find the meals here absolutely delicious! Most recently we've had the salmon, chicken, rigatoni & steak salad - all of it has been marvelous. I know, all the people that panned the food here will scoff but I gotta be honest - I love the food! Is the salmon THE best salmon I've had in my life? Honestly, I've probably had better in a few places but I still find it really tasty & look forward to eating here whenever we want a nice treat for ourselves! I remember the desserts here being great but I can't remember specifically which ones we've had (knowing us, probably the flourless chocolate cake, sorbet & cookies). We've been eying those banana wontons for a while (so far, they've either been out or we've been too stuffed to get 'em). That being said, the service is... eh. A bit vacant. The 1st time we came here, it was our server's first day on the job, she was nice but everyone from other waiters to the host to the manager had to help her out. The last time we went here, we eventually had to flag down a cocktail waitress to take our order after seeing many staff members walk on by our table ... the woman who was actually supposed to be our server (someone who walked by us a few times without acknowledging us) tried to become super-attentive after that, & even tried to compensate later by apologizing for the BUSBOYS' delay in picking up our plates when we were done eating (hmm, the busboys had been working pretty hard that night, don't try to distract us from your initial goof). So yeah, the servers seem to all be well-meaning & cordial but not exactly super-sharp on their game. The Park apparently turns into a club on weekend nights, so I remember being told the 1st time we came here years ago & as reiterated in many of these reviews here. After we toured the private rooms on our initial visit, we asked the bartender if he would come to The Park as a club patron if he wasn't working, he said, "no way." So that's stuck w/ me! But I don't know, I like the food so much, & given the vastly mixed reviews here, I would like to at least have firsthand knowledge of how The Park is club/bar-wise, so I could form my own opinion. I love me some dancing but haven't done so in a while, so maybe one day I'll check out the scene here... (Would LOVE to hear from others re: what the music during The Park's club-time is like, that'll make or break a dance night fer me!). Overall, the food & the ambiance make this place a very worthwhile place for us; we're repeat diners! Given the sometimes-ditzy service & the not-too-expensive-but-not-cheap-either prices, the food & the atmosphere still inspire me to give this a 5 rating. Have had very satisfying dining experiences here!
by Bertram Homma on
I'd say more like 3.5 stars but I wouldn't bump it up to four. Went on a Friday night and a live band was playing; cover was only $5. The sliders were good and the fries were just okay. The decor was cute and kitschy, like a glamorized whorehouse and the staff was very friendly. A lot of reviews mentioned boobs, boobs, and boobs but I didn't see too much of that. I had more dcolletage going on than the staff! The burlesque show was only mildly entertaining and there was too much dead time between the three performers. The most memorable was the opener just because of how awkward she looked on stage. Overall, I had a good time with my friends and would go back but don't expect to be meeting new folks here. It's a place to come with your buddies to chill.