Wednesday, September 3, 2008
BONEFISH GRILL - GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
The front desk clerk at our hotel highly recommended the Bonefish Grill. We decided to try the place since it was close to the hotel. We arrived the evening of Game Day and found that there was a forty minute wait. Since the bar area was packed we joined a dozen other people that were sitting outside. We were quickly greeted by a waitress (outside) that offered us drinks. A nice glass of red wine would be nice I said. The wine came quickly along with a soda and water for the family. Wow....what great service and we have not been seated yet. After a few minutes another waitress came outside with a platter of shrimp appetizers. They were served to everyone waiting. No charge. We were seated by the hostess and then immediately greeted by our server. Everyone that worked at Bonefish was very friendly. The menu includes Wood-Grilled Fish, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes. We opted to begin the meal with a fresh Ceviche and the Saucy Shrimp that was served for free outside. The Ceviche was mostly small scallops and was pretty tasteless. The saucy shrimp were sauteed in a lime tomato garlic sauce with Kalamata olives and Feta cheese ($8). This was good. We tried the Chilean Sea Bass ($22) and Gulf Grouper ($19) with a warm mango salsa. Both served with fresh vegetables. The Grouper was better than the Sea Bass but both were good. I give the Bonefish Grill high marks. They were super busy the night we were there yet the service and attitude was excellent.