AJ's Kitchen & Cocktails

1 King and Bear Dr, St. Augustine FL 32092
$ American Recommended New Private Room View Outdoor Seating

Welcome to AJ's Kitchen & Cocktails! Located at the King & Bear clubhouse designers call this space "Southern Coastal with a Low Country Charm." A functional space with an open concept will have a relaxed atmosphere with large communal tables. There will also be small intimate tables and a private dining room, helping make for a more pleasant dining experience, whether it is dinner for two or a group. The bar area will be expanded to twenty seats with the addition of three mounted TVs on the wall. Outside, the patio will have covered and non-covered seating and fire pits with a cozy, relaxing area on the lawn overlooking the 9th and 18th greens.

AJ's will serve lunch daily, dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch. The menu is comfort food with a local twist that will feature tasty big plates, and small plates will hit the spot. Whether you want something light or hearty, this menu has a variety of dishes ranging from smaller plates perfect for one, to larger plates to share with friends. Specialty drinks, beer samplers, and a wine wall will be available for enjoyment as well.

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1 King and Bear Dr, St. Augustine FL 32092
  • Cross Street: 1 King and Bear Dr
  • Cuisine: American | Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (904) 940-6200
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Working Fireplace, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

Photos

AJ's Kitchen & Cocktails - AJ's Main Dining Room
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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Closed
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.67 out of 5 stars based on 489 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 22, 2024
Beverly M.
Great food exceptional service!!!

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May 26, 2024
Margaret B.
Great time - love our server but can’t remember her name!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 30, 2024
Pam W.
AJ's Kitchen has a lovely view of the golf course. The food and drinks were very good. The staff was friendly and attentive, giving us prompt service. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Apr 17, 2024
Anthony J. R.
Very nice place to dine, warm and relaxing environment, with great service and a variety of good food to eat. Awesome location really makes it a great experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 09, 2024
Moises O.
Had a great time. Loved the ambience. Food and drinks were perfect. The staff was very accommodating when we asked to sit outside and even brought out a cake for my friend for his birthday!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 19, 2024
Elizabeth F.
We enjoyed a wonderful experience at AJ’s! The staff is warm and welcoming and they were very accommodating to dietary restrictions. We will eagerly return! Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 13, 2024
Herman R.
All good, service, food and team was excellent. Don’t loose your A-team staff over the summer closure. I.e Erin, Cecilia,

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 04, 2024
Veronica M.
We all enjoyed our experience! My family wants to return when next they visit.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 15, 2023
Nancy D.
The bartender/waitress was fantastic. We enjoyed her service and food. I know we overstayed the closing time ( really didn’t realize everyone has left)….. felt terrible but she was very kind.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 11, 2023
Lana W.
Excellent!

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Aug 28, 2023
Robert S.
Our Server, Taylor Roy, was outstanding. The food, atmosphere and music on Saturday evening made an overall pleasant experience. Thank You! Robert and Sylvia Smith.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 17, 2023
Vivian J.
Best meal I have had in a long time. Ther service was excellent. My server was attentive and pleasant and patient. The drinks were very good. We will be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 7/10
Jun 05, 2023
Margaret B.
We all had a great time and Anthony did a spectacular job!

Overall: 10/10
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May 11, 2023
Melanie S.
Initially, I was disappointed as I had made a reservation online that was confirmed. We were celebrating my friend's 85th birthday, as noted on the reservation. When I arrived with the birthday girl, we were told that the restaurant was closed because of a special event. However, I showed a copy of my confirmed reservation and was asked to wait while they checked to see what could be done. We were quickly seated on the outdoor patio (our preference) and introduced to our server (Cece) who took great care of us. We ordered from the regular lunch menu and really enjoyed having the patio to ourselves along with the delicious food. We were treated royally, including a complimentary dessert to honor the birthday girl. We were very pleased with our experience and will definitely return for more amazing meals and outstanding service! Thank you!!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 02, 2023
William S.
Food was excellent service as well

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 19, 2022
Julie A.
Our meals and the service were superb! Definitely will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2022
Linda T.
We went with two other couples and everything was perfect! Stephanie and CeeCee were , as always, were the best! Food was excellent! It was a great evening in every way, and we are all planning a repeat soon’
Business Response:
Thank you Mrs. Tuschinski! We look forward to having you join us again soon!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2022
Mary C.
We had a delightful evening, from start to finish. Our service was top-notch, as usual. Always love seeing that Stephanie & Cecile are still on-board. All four of us ordered different items from the menu and we were all four completely happy with our choices. Would love to see Chef Tiago bring back that wonderful chicken stroganoff I had the pleasure of eating when he was at Hangar One. The stroganoff on the current menu is red sauce based and not nearly as wonderful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2022
Jeff R.
Wait staff is superb. Looking forward to trying more of the new menu.
Business Response:
We look forward to having you join us again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Jul 27, 2022
susan e.
Tried some of the new menu items and they were all very good. New, more organized wine and cocktail menu. Of course Cecelia did a great job...always friendly, knowledgeable and efficient!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 11, 2022
Vivian J.
Great food, great service, we close the place down. That's Margaritas in St Augustine

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 06, 2022
caroline m.
Great restaurant, service and menu and chef

Overall: 10/10
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May 07, 2022
Anita L.
Melinda seems to be making a difference already. Swordfish was outstanding and nice to be offered a special for dinner. Wine served chilled and in correct glass. Service - could not ask for better! Although many golfers in the room, they were controlled and not yelling….whoever is responsible for that deserves a medal.

Overall: 10/10
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May 02, 2022
Simon D.
My wife and I love it there.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 23, 2022
Kelly P.
It was a little dark

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 15, 2022
Nolan V.
AJ’s is always awesome! Love it

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 04, 2021
Gene W.
Another great night of food, drink, and atmosphere. We eat here often and have never been disappointed.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 29, 2021
Kathy S.
We love going to AJs. It reminds me of a mountain lodge but in Florida. The menu is always updated but consistently great. The best perk is the excellent entertainment. Consistently someone great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2021
Mary C.
You would have to really search to find something wrong with this lovely restaurant. From the friendly greeting at the entrance to the "Come see us again" as we departed, the evening was top notch. There were eight of us in our party and we were all thrilled with the service, the meal(s) and just the entire package. We'll return, for sure!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 05, 2021
Patricia D.
Great service and wonderful food! Will definitely go back

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 11, 2021
Anita L.
Big 10! John the bartender mixed a wonderful drink so I could adhere to my diet-who does that! Jordan packs bread for our son because we don’t eat it-who does that?!? Chris lets my husband try tequila to see if he likes it. We love AJs. Beautiful setting, excellent food, professional staff who know their job and take great pride in doing that job well. Best place in Saint Augustine.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2021
Robert D.
We've been back to AJ's two weekends in a row after we discovered the brunch menu!! Outstanding! We love it. Excellent food, choices and service. We will definitely be back again soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 19, 2021
Scott A.
Loved it, great service, great food!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 13, 2021
John R.
We love AJs, it is one of our favorite places!

Overall: 10/10
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May 15, 2021
Mary C.
AJs has become our favorite restaurant. We've had both lunch and dinner there; we've taken friends and relatives. We have never had a bad meal; never had less-than-wonderful service. In fact, the wait staff is superb! Counting the days 'til we go back again. -- Mary

Overall: 10/10
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May 15, 2021
Randy B.
We had a group of 10 service was Fantastic. The food iwas good as well

Overall: 10/10
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May 09, 2021
Kim B.
Always a great experience. Love having a nice place nearby.

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
May 08, 2021
Steven T.
Exceptional service by David and exceptional food! EVERYTHING was excellent!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 09, 2021
Anthony M.
Dinner and service was wonderful! Actually everything was amazing and we can’t wait to come back!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 19, 2021
Robert O.
Your Chef is excellent. Thanks, Bob @ Christa Owen

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 19, 2021
Susan E.
EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS! Cecilia did a wonderful job! She is such an asset to AJ's!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 13, 2021
Dottie V.
Great experience. Eat there all the time.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 27, 2021
Anita L.
It is always a “10” experience at AJs. Food well prepared, fresh and innovative; service over to top perfect-professional but friendly; best value. The restaurant itself is chic-upscale with beautiful views. But what we love most is the obvious pride each person takes in doing a far exceeds job! Guess only thing we’d like is to see a changed menu-not because we have not enjoyed current menu, but we’d like to try some new items. But hear that is coming!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 14, 2021
Steve H.
Everything is great--the food, atmosphere,staff and service. A fun place to be. The staff are always so friendly. A thoroughly pleasant dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 08, 2021
Norman K.
Great wait staff, great food.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 12, 2023
Joseph D.
Our server, Cecilia made the experience exceptional. Love the new menu but my ratatouille was undercooked (the dough wasn’t done in places) and needed more seasoning. I did not share this with Cecilia). The chicken stroganoff has a wonderful flavor but we felt it should be chopped and served over pasta, or on a bed of rice with more sauce. It was warm in the dining room and would have been so nice to have some music. It feels like AJ’s is caught between a lunch golf/sports club and a nice place to dine. It could be both but it needs definition from day to evening. We are great fans of AJ’s and want very much for it to succeed. We love having you in our neighborhood and will continue to support you. Thanks for asking our opinion.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
May 30, 2023
Bob F.
Server was fantastic, food was very good, atmosphere friendly, loud but happy AJ's was very busy

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
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Apr 10, 2023
Oliver H.
We had a wonderful time at the Easter Brunch. The food was good and service was great. If I were to suggest something that may have added to the experience would be an omelette/pancake station and a little background music. However, I would do this again without a second thought! Thanks again, Oliver Horton

Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
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Mar 30, 2023
ELAINE L.
I ordered the turkey wrap; wish I had ordered the chicken salad. Another mistake I made was asking for the mayo to be separate, forgetting it was a wrap and not a sandwich. Consequently, I didn’t enjoy my meal as much as I could have. I don’t usually make chicken salad, but yours looked delicious. I would love to know what you put in it.

Overall: 9/10
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Sep 10, 2022
Michael M.
This was the first night for the new chef. Overall everything was very good. The service and presentation of the food was flawless. Only thing missed was we asked for the filet mignon to be butterflied and it was not so it was a little rarer than expected. However it was corrected immediately after we notified the server. It was still tender and juicy. We will be back to try other menu items.
Business Response:
Thank you for joining us for our new menu debut! Your feedback will be used to help us. Please join us again!

Overall: 9/10
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Apr 19, 2022
Gary G.
Everything was great except for the temperature of the food. My Salmon and Grits were a little too cool. The grits were undercooked a bit also. Other than that everything else was good. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Dec 21, 2021
Susan E.
First and foremost: Cece provides the BEST service...always! The Gumbo was great...how about adding a little andouille sausage to it?! Love it! The salmon was a bit bland and the pork chop was good but maybe a bit tough. If a salad or a cup of soup was included with dinner that would improve the value of the dishes. The bread is good but we liked the old one a bit better.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2021
Teresa M.
I love AJ’s. Come here often. Love the location, the personal touches, most know my name, food is excellent, service always superb. Definitely one of my favs!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 04, 2021
Kristen H.
Food tasted great. Service was a little spotty, but the manager checked on us about 3 times and was super friendly. Can't wait to see how far it comes.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 05, 2021
Ed B.
Staff was very attentive - We are planning on returning.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 10, 2023
David S.
liked the concept of smaller options, maybe a bit too much fried. shrimp & onion rings were fine, pickles lacked flavor

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Apr 03, 2023
Scott K.
Music was a little loud now that they have moved inside.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Jan 30, 2023
Lisa S.
Ordered steak and risotto no steak to be found all risotto which wasn’t all that good mostly mushrooms for the price of the meal it was disappointing. Not many people there and the service was very slow.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 29, 2022
Tasandra W.
This spot is great for a nice, quiet dinner on the golf course. Beautiful views and outdoor fire pits. The service was great but the food is really why the rating is lower and mainly because we were told that the head chef was in the house preparing the food. This may have set a higher level of expectation that wasn't met. The Beef carpaccio was decent but the pretzel charcuterie was not good. Our meals ranged from steak to pasta to shrimp. The shrimp plate and lobster ravioli were fantastic but the other plates were over done or over spiced. Still a great little spot in world golf village to get a meal away from the hustle and bustle.
Business Response:
Tasandra, thank you for your review. AJ"s is a hidden gem with a great atmosphere! We appreciate this feedback and constantly use it to improve ourselves. We look forward to having you join us again soon!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 30, 2022
Scott D.
Food and Drink excellent again. Newer server, Anthony, hustled and complied with all requests. He will improve when he anticipates requests. Steak Knife with steak, bread/rolls earlier, anticipation of refills on cocktails, etc. The 'Stroll' setup at the entrance was a little off putting clogging entry to restaurant. That said, we will be back!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Apr 23, 2022
Mark R.
The service was great, the quality of the food was good, the menu was a little funny for Easter

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 20, 2021
Jean W.
Portion sizes were small, with lots of potatoes and not much meat. A member of our party ordered a second dinner because she was still hungry after eating the first dinner served.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2021
Diane A.
Grouper was alittle dried out. Scallop meal was not hot. Took longer than expected to get meals but overall we would still come again.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 07, 2021
Diane R.
Ambience was amazing and we had a wonderful time with friends. Drinks at bar before dinner and a friendly bartender. Fireplaces going inside and out. Our table was ready and we were greeted by our server promptly. After we placed our orders (a few of us ordered the special) were told they were out of it. Our steak was over cooked but flavorful. Prices were average and there were a good amount menu options. The staff was great from the minute we walked in. Overall we enjoyed our time and food and will try them again.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Feb 22, 2021
Haley S.
Overall our experience was good. But, on my reservation I indicated it was my husband’s birthday, so it would have been nice to have been offered a free dessert or something. We had a group of 10, and we stayed after our checks. It wasn’t crowded at all, and it would have been nice if the server had brought us more water. The food was good, but the portions are pretty small for the price. Overall, nice change from the usual crowded, loud restaurants.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 27, 2024
Jim T.
I am giving an honest review. I don’t know if they were understaffed or not but the service was extremely slow. My wife and I dined there for the first time so I don’t have a comparison. All of the servers who stopped by our table were extremely pleasant and apologetic. One server made a point to say it is not normally like this. They took our salad off of our bill as a courtesy for the slow service without our asking them to do so. We will try AJ’a kitchen again and we hope to see a much improved process.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Jul 18, 2023
Linda M.
Our drinks and appetizers were excellent. Our meals, however, were not. Crabcakes were bland, lacked flavor. "Prawns" were regular shrimp. Not pleased with our meals. Very short staffed.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 2/10
Apr 11, 2023
Jeanne S.
Very disappointed in food, not much variety, bacon almost raw. Not sure I will go to another buffet

Overall: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 5/10
Feb 26, 2023
Terri B.
We picked this restaurant because of the menu, but half of the items were not on the menu we were presented, and even on that menu, they were out of some items. Order a filet mignon medium rare and it came out so rare that even with a sharp knife you couldn’t cut it. Will not recommend this place.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 3/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 27, 2021
Craig O.
Live music was performed well but 50% too loud; disrupted dinner conversation with guests. Fish (Grouper) slightly overcooked. But good flavors overall. No view of golf course - why not spotlight the two greens? View that was available was through dirty windows. Service was very good.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 19, 2021
Charles C.
Corned beef was tough but very good flavor.