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1835 Frederick Rd Catonsville, MD 21228
1835 Frederick RoadUSMarylandCatonsville21228
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"Food and service were very good."
"My husband ordered a pasta appetizer, which was unattractive and small."
"Fast forward to 2011 and it's the same, tired food, decor and atmosphere."
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2 years ago
This review is in reference to a recent visit, a Catonsville High School reunion luncheon for a group of 10 women held on 06/22 at 11:30. I got to the restaurant at about 11:45. A slender young lady with straight blond hair was behind the reception desk. Our server said her name was Laura (Laurie?). Either Laura was having a particularly bad day that day or she’s in great need of an attitude adjustment. Please read on. She was on the phone when I entered but I’m sure she was talking to a customer. I waited, even though I knew where my friends were as I had a question. When she hung up the phone she asked “Can I help you”? I said “I’m was here to meet women from Catonsville High bu…” and before I could ask my question she immediately walked from behind the reception desk and started to walk towards the room….while I was still talking. More importantly, as she was walking away she said in a droll, morose drone, like Lurch from the Addams Family, “f-o-l-l-o-w…m-e”. I had to actually ask her to wait up a minute in order to ask my question. Although she did answer my question she responded in the same dull tone “y-e-s”. When we got to the door of the room she less than casually half extended her right arm and said – in the same tone “T-h-e-y’r-e i-n h-e-r-e”. Her tone was not the way you want to start your meal. She was acting either like she had just lost her best friend or being a hostess is the last thing she wanted to do. It is not the proper way to be greeted when entering any restaurant. I asked the manager to check with her to make sure she is OK and is not in need of any type of medical attention. Yes, she was that bad. I told him that if she is medically OK then she needs to be discretely observed to see if she is still using this unhappy tone. Maybe she just talked like that to me. Or maybe she needs to find another line of work. One where she does not interact with the public. Food was OK, prices were high, wait staff was good, worked hard and was friendly...but that hostess!...
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Lynn Rickert
2 years ago
We use to come here for special occasions but as more restaurants moved to the area we rarely visited. When I saw a Groupon for the Candlelight I decided to give it another try. Sorry we did. the food was way over priced for what you get and it certainly isn't the ambiance. It looks tired and in need of a redo. We asked for a seat with a view and since we came when it wasn't busy I was surprised she sat us in a corner near a wall. Not exactly happy but we let it go. Everything is a la carte...guess I didn't remember that. A Cesar salad was 6 dollars and had dressing some parmesan cheese and some crouton-not what I expected for the money. The table next to us asked for the strawberry salad and the waitress had to tell the people they were out of strawberrys but they could use other berries instead. If you have a strawberry salad on the menu and it's 6PM-you'd think they would still have some available. Ridiculous. The salmon, for 27.00 was anything but memorable-actually it was a bit on the dry side. My husbands shrimp and scallops weren't anything great either or very filling and the asparagus that was limp. All I can say is that was my last visit to the Candlelight. Don't know what happened to it but won't be going back. There are just to many places in the area that know how to do it right.
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A Google User
4 years ago
We have never been disappointed. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection. This is not a box restaurant. The portions are the right size, not overly done. It's great to have a place to go to get wonderful food prepared by a chef in a nice atmosphere
A Google User
5 years ago
WARNING--The Candle Light in is truly a hit or miss experience in a wonderful atmosphere. However, do not expect to have the same dining experience twice as the service and food runs from great to poor, and all in the same week. We have eaten there 5 times and had three wonderful food items from them—a goat cheese tart, au Groton potatoes, (great the first time, very average the second) and coconut cake, (cut slim for $5+). Two of the dining experiences were very good with good service and great food. The service and food is great if you arrive on the right day. Unfortunately, it is terrible as well. Every other time they are totally off on food and service. The last time, now to be our last time, the steak was undercooked from our request on both meals, and one of the two was drenched with sauce that we asked for on the side, (how they did one steak and missed the other steak on two identical orders is indicative of the flip-flop service). The waitress was even a bit disturbed that we wanted it cooked as requested and begrudgingly took it back to the kitchen. In addition, the waitress, who was not new, could never get it together for quick service & efficient service with lots of waiting time without many tables for her to serve. We even did take out service once, after the good dining experience, and it is hard to believe that for a $15 meal you do not get bread with the takeout, (the meal was average).in all of the above cases, the restaurant was not crowed, so the service and quality should have been top notch. If you go, I hope that you experience the good side of this Jekyll and Hyde experience.
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Marsha Birnbaum
2 years ago
We had dinner this evening and chose the Restaurant Week menu. Big mistake. A large party next to us ordered some better looking dishes from the menu. My first and third plates were actually good. Gazpacho was thick with a lot of bread incorporated into it. The dessert of cooked peaches and vanilla ice cream was their best effort. These were both very ample portions. My main dish, fried chicken, was a terrible disappointment. The plate was covered with green vegetables, potatoes, a bit of brown sauce, all of which were fine. The chicken was a very small fryer hind quarter, underdone with flaccid skin and so meager, maybe 2 ounces of chicken. The cornflake shaped coating was crispy and with the potato was the most substantial part of the plate. If I had known it wasn't breast meat, I would not have ordered it. My iced tea was never delivered to the table. My husband ordered a pasta appetizer, which was unattractive and small. His monkfish portion was small, tasted okay, and he had the cheese cake. He always reminds me that we don't care for the dinners we have had here, at least six, and it never seems to get any better.
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Ryan Bicking
2 years ago
Food and service were very good.
A Google User
4 years ago
Was a great place...15 years ago. Fast forward to 2011 and it's the same, tired food, decor and atmosphere. The owners really need to consider a makeover, or lower the prices to reflect the minimalist value that is offered here -- or maybe just sell the place and give someone a fresh start. The only bright spot is the outdoor dining area, where we go to have an occassional burger and fries. Don't venture into the restaurant; you'll only come out dissapointed and poorer.
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A Google User
4 years ago
Food and service - not to mention prices - among best in Catonsville. Biggest problem - the loud personal conversations of the waitstaff in bar area is totally out of place and unprofessional. Receptionist left position and joined in, leaving arriving guests waiting. Otherwise, our favorite waitress, by far, is the effervescent Margaret! (No sarcasm here!) She's great !Professional, knowledgable, and she gets us mousse! Only recommendation: get a professional decorator and spruce up the place a bit. You have a real diamond in the rough here. (Don't forget the waitstaff in the bar. SHHHHH.. you've got customers here. Loud talk kind of kills the "romantic Candlelight ambience."
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