300 East has been a favorite of mine since moving to Charlotte in 2005. The food rarely disappoints. The Sunday brunch specials will knock your socks off, and if you need a good soup to warm your soul, look no further. That said, the service ranges from excellent to awful. More often than not, it is quite good. Bear in mind that it is a fairly casual environment, so you aren't going to get fine dining service, no matter how hefty your bill might be. Being a regular, I wish that the servers would notice that I tip fairly, even for poor service. I tend to assume that I caught a server having a bad day, and let it slide. These things happen. If you can forgive all this, the food is definitely worth it. The menu has some good, responsibly produced meats and vegetables, for those of you who care about that stuff. The sweet potato ravioli is always a treat. I get the Ahi Tuna Salad, and find it to be consistently enjoyable. The Niman Ranch Pork is absolutely fantastic. I don't eat dessert much, but i am willing to bet 300 East has some stellar creations. The weird outside table rule does baffle me, but we beat it by calling some more friends to join us.