You know the feeling when you really want to be sick but can't? That's how I feel after just returning from Tavern 17. Everything was terrible. First we attempt to sit in a row of seats squished so they literally touch each other. Then, the ""family style"" appetizers arrived, consisting of 3-5 pieces of fried stuff per every 8-10 people. Some of us ate, others were left out. Then we wait. Then, the sauces for the appetizers came out, long after everyone had already finished the appetizers. I am fairly sure they were store-bought and microwaved, but it didn't matter since we were done with the over-fried, cardboard-like appetizers. Run out of the lovely luke-warm tap water that was already on the table before we arrived? Too bad! We wait some more. By the time we were getting ready to order a pizza to be delivered into the restaurant, we got our... BREAD! This was, of course, after they took away our small plates, so there was nowhere to put our bread. We wait some more. And more. Some people got their main dishes--the chicken (advertised as 1/2 chicken with pears and string potatoes) was different for everyone that ordered it, and resembled quail... though it wouldn't surprise me if it was pigeon. Uhh... I just almost threw up again. The vegetarians got panini sandwiches (normally a lunch food?), and others got dingy-looking salads that were wet and browning. We waited around, most of us left. Those that hung around got a ""dessert"", which was a pound cake from CVS with canned peaches on top and a spray of whipped cream. They ran out of canned peaches and gave others an unidentifiable canned replacement fruit. This cost $30. Un-freaking-believable! I have NEVER had such a bad meal before. Some people said this place has good happy hour sliders, but that is just not possible. NOTHING good could have ever come out of the same kitchen. It was like a Chef Jeff project (ex-convicts-turned-chefs) gone wrong, terribly wrong. Do not ever come here!
Pros: Nothing, absolutely nothing. Perhaps the view out of the restaurant as we left.