Boston at the Bend Restaurant, located at the River Bend Marina, has been operating since April. From the name, we assumed the food would be Boston quality. We're very familiar with Boston food, as my hubby and I have spent time in Boston and have eaten some very good seafood dinners there. From the outset, the restaurant appears to be a typical marina-type eating place -- no frills. Therefore, the food MUST be good, or so we thought.
We started our meals with a salad. It was a typical New Bern restaurant salad, in that it looked like it had been in the refrigerator for a week. The greens were not fresh, the cucumber had what I call "age spots," and it was just a mediocre salad that might have been good when it was first made. It must have been photogenic though because it looks much better in the photo than it did in person. The balsamic dressing was good.
Guy ordered the 1-1/4 lb. lobster only to find out that there were none available. So he ordered the 2-lb. lobster for $34.99. It came with a salad and baked potato. There were no wet naps and there was no bib. One lone paper napkin was all he got.
We won't be going back to this restaurant. An unenthused server, leftover salads, improperly cooked pasta and sauce, terrible grits, a lobster served without wet naps or bib, and an uninspiring view -- enough reasons not to return. If you like fried fish, you can get a good meal here, if you consider fried fish and coleslaw a good meal, that is. For us, we'll move on, though I wish Boston at the Bend the best. Our meal, by the way, came to $48 without tip. It included one beer and my entree was half price with a coupon I had clipped. I went home and ate a peanut butter sandwich.
There were some Greenbrier neighbors at the table next to ours, and one of them volunteered to take a photo of our table.
A letter to the editor of the Sun Journal in today's paper stated that residents should patronize the new restaurants. If they serve good meals, people won't need to be reminded. If they serve sub-par meals, they deserve to go out of business.
Update November 2012: This restaurant has closed.