River Terrace Restaurant not so good
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#1 Nov 30, 2011
The food is eh, ok. The portions are small, small, small. The place is a claustrophobic. The prices are high $$$$. The owner repeatedly interrupted our conversations to tell us off color jokes, stories about his life in Vegas and brags about his cooking. We did not come for the floor show. The wait staff hard sells the sauces which are awful on steak. The salad was not much better than McDonalds and could be served in a contact lens. I personally would not go back but business dinners require it.
#2 Jan 26, 2012
Iíve had occasion to come to Columbia regularly for the past several months on business, and stay at the Hampton Inn. Not knowing what restaurants were in the area when I made my first trip here in October, I asked the desk clerk at the hotel for recommendations, and was told they send everyone to River Terrace, New Orleans Cuisine, that it was a local independently owned restaurant that their guests were always really happy with. Well, after going there, I can see why. I've been to some of the finest restaurants in the country, and can honestly say that the food here merits 5 stars, right up there with some New York fine dining experiences I've had. The owners - who are actually from New Orleans - visited most every table from what I could see, including my own, and were as friendly and pleasant as could be. I had an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, which had a very unique glaze on them that was to live for, followed by the house salad, which was a full salad plate that had the absolute best homemade dressing on it I think Iíve ever had.(Where Capt. Wonderful's Ďcontact lensí reference came from, I canít imagine. in fact, his whole take is so off-based that I even asked the owners next time I went after seeing this if they ever lived in Vegas, and they have not. Sounds suspiciously like could be a competitors phony review???)
I ordered the house specialty, the Catfish Royale, which was a delicate catfish filet smothered in the best crawfish etouffee I've ever had in my life, over a bed of fluffy rice. I was absolutely stuffed from the generous portions and my inability to stop eating so much because it was so good, but could not resist ordering the bread pudding with rum sauce after I was told it was homemade daily. Truly an outstanding culinary experience overall, one that I have repeated several times since with various entrees and from which Iíve never been disappointed - highly recommended by this native New Orleanian.
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