I really want to love this place. Went in on Saturday night and it was hopping. Wait staff was great and very apologetic for the 1 and 1/2 +hour wait for dinner. Drinks and apps were out pretty quick. Chorizo and clam fritters awesome. Raw bar delicious. Hubby had to go out to parking meter twice to add money waiting for entrees. I probably wouldn't have minded so much , but shrimp was way over cooked which ruined dinner for me. So hungry by now I said nothing- was afraid of how long it would take to recook.
This was not our first trip to Bonnie reed and we were both disappointed! We sat at the bar and the bartender passed by us three times before acknowledging our presence. He then barely wiped down the bar from the previous customers before throwing menus at us. He took our drink order and we then ordered a dozen raw oysters and a white fish dip. The dip came with four small pieces of toast. We ate the oysters & had half of the dip left and asked for more toast. No response from the bartender. Five minutes later we asked again and the same, no response. Finally about 15 minutes later a bar back came over and asked if we needed anything and we said we’d like a few more pieces of toast to finish the dip. He said no problem and turned to the register. When he turned back to us he said that’ll be $1.50 extra is that OK? I said it’s not OK because this is the third time we had to ask for the toast. We asked for the check and left. The bar wasn’t that busy tonight and the service was terrible!
Cool atmosphere and choice of indoor or outdoor dining but the inside was uncomfortably warm and stuffy. Honestly the only thing worth going there for was the cool baseball jersey t-shirt I bought for the pirate lingo printed on the back. They almost never use the A/C according to the wait staff. And knowing that it was a deliberate cheapskate tactic made the pricey menu almost obscene. Combine that with a dippy bartender that only had 6 stools occupied but yet couldn't take notice of us or even seem to know he was suppose to be aware of the patrons sitting at his bar, that made the Bonney Read one ship I'll never set sail on again.
Phenomenal. My friends were visiting from out of state and wanted to try some east coast seafood, and were particularly interested in a raw bar...Bonney Read did not disappoint! Every oyster was better than the last, the drinks were mixed to perfection and the fried haddock was huge and cooked to perfection! And is that dill in the tartar sauce? Damn right it is!
The cocktails were very good. The raw bar seemed a little expensive but the mussels were incredible and everyone should get them. Marguerite is a great server.