Being a frequent visitor to many of the local A La Carte, top shelf, steakhouses in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, my wife and I went to Jordan?s this Valentine?s Day dinner to attempt a change and to try a new to us restaurant. Well, this past Saturday, we had a great meal there, no arguments can be made that aside from the Grilled Cesar Salad, the remaining food, service and atmosphere were all top notch.
The problem that I had was when sitting, instead of perusing through an exhausting wine list which is indeed three times longer than their food menu; I simply asked the waiter if he would recommend to us a bottle of red wine that was sweeter finishing instead of dry. He came back with a bottle of Shiraz, Raw Power. We sipped it, found it to be drinkable and continued to order our meal. Later that evening the check came and we found that this average bottle of wine ran us a hefty $70, which didn't seem right to me at all. Not one to make a scene over numbers, I paid the tab and tipped the waiter handsomely (he was probably the best waiter I've had in a while, hands down). When I got home, I performed a quick Google search on the wine (you may attempt it yourself for validations sake) and the price for one bottle retails between $11 and $17, which was remarkable. Here we were in this swank, haughty, supercilious restaurant and the waiter is serving us an $11 bottle of wine, per his request, and then charging us $70 for it... simply remarkable.
Jordan's Steakhouse of Columbia (or Old Ellicott City if you prefer) is on par with Ruth's Chris as well as Morton's for their food quality. Unfortunately, they are not above the established standard of charging outlandish prices for their food as well as gouging their customers on the price of mark up wine... very, very disappointing.
Pros: Waitstaff. Food quality, ambiance, quick service
Cons: Highly inflated price mark-up