So Im not going to rip them a new one too bad(okay, maybe just a little) BUT, when I think of the Claremont, I do imagine a sense of style that goes along with it. I see old world nostalgia & well dressed folks. I appreciate when a business takes those extra steps to keep it classy. That being said, your frontman(woman in this case)should be holding your banner high when repping you. My hubby & I walked into the restaurant & I think it was a shame that I was better dressed than the hostess that sat us. I'm sorry, crocs(nurse shoes) are not an acceptable form of front of the house career wear ESPECIALLY in such a high end atmosphere. We were sat & she scurried off. It took almost 10 minutes before our server realized we were sitting in her area, though there were others around us. When she did decide to take our drink order, her enthusiasm was non-existent.(fade to Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller calling roll) The equally bland description of the specials led me to ask her, ""Which one would you eat?"" Which was followed by a blank stare & shoulder shrug. Glad I'm not indecisive or we would have been there all night! They have a generous menu, drinks are well poured & the crowd is always a mix of tourist, locals, & people watchers. Of course, the view is spectacular on a clear night & when its not, the room is pretty w/ its communal tables, bar side seating & a couch area. On warmer evenings, there is a outdoor deck that gets full rather quickly.
Pros: Consistent food
Cons: Staff looks unhappy and underdressed hostess