You enter the restaurant to find a bar lined with couples, young and old, eating and drinking from the restaurant’s extensive wine list. The bar area is separated from the main dining room where there are a fairly small number of white table cloth covered tables. The night that we visited, the bar area and dining room were packed with diners and even though we had a reservation, we waited about 30 minutes to be shown to our table.
Our waiter greeted us with warm bread, and took our drink order. He did come off as a little snobby, but he was very helpful in selecting a wine we both could enjoy. We selected the Chateau Ste. Michelle Erotica Riesling(that we ended up drinking 3 bottles of…), and ordered the shrimp and grits for our appetizer. The shrimp and grits were delicious! I had the Veal Parmesan for my entree and I don’t think I have ever seen a piece of meat so big in my life. Josh had one of the night’s specials, Sautéed Grouper with grits and spinach, that he raved about. We both shared the Apple Crostato with Cinnamon Gelato and Caramel for desert, along with yet another bottle of wine.
Overall, we had an amazing experience at GianMarcos. The food was amazing, the wine was good, and the atmosphere was upscale without being too stuffy. The only downside would be that we ended up with a $250 bill, but it was definitely worth it. It’s not a place that you could go everyday, nor a place to take the kids(though there were several there), but it will be my first choice for my next celebration or birthday dinner. As our first upscale “Taste of the ‘Ham”, I’m giving it 5 stars for overall quality, taste, and selection.
-Nate Ennis, Foodie in Training