I was excited to see Wilde Rover, a new Irish pub/restaurant, going into the old Waimea Brewing location (the old Roasters spot) on Central Way. I was so excited I called the owners a few times to get an early story about them prior to their opening--thinking I could help get the word out a bit with a nice post on the blog. They just didn't want to talk to me and wouldn't give me the time of day. They said they would call me back, but never did. Strike one! Janis even called and tried to get me in the door to their grand opening party (invite only). Strike two!
This left us with only one option. Wait until they open and just go check it out for ourselves. So we did--twice. We went in with high hopes and really wanting to like the place. Janis and I love a good Irish pub, like Fado down by Pioneer Square.
Here is the opening report card:
- Outside look and feel, including signage = A (they did a nice job here)
- Inside look and feel = C+ (most Irish bars feel cozy, and have lots of little private areas and an Irish pub feel. They added some dark wood, but it's still a bunch of big rooms just like Roasters was)
- Food = D- (It's just bland and heavy, but the Irish were never known for their food. We ordered Bangers and Mash and Lamb Stew. Both dishes were over $12 and didn't impress)
- Service = C+ (a few mistakes were made, but I am giving them a C+ because as the mistakes were being made everyone was very nice and trying to be helpful. Besides, it's new so they're just getting the hang of it).
- Music= B- (lots of fun Irish tunes that make you want to River Dance. Then there's a random American 80's song thrown in to keep you guessing. One night it was so loud I had to holler to be heard)
- Entertainment = Grade TBD (we were there for an early dinner and didn't get to see any of the live music which will be a feature of the pub. It looked cool driving by on other nights, and to their credit, the place seems to stay crowded.)
OK, don't get me wrong. I want to see them do great. At this point I would definitely say it's a good place to meet a lot of friends (plenty of space), shoot some pool, listen to some live music, and drink a Guinness! With that said, I am not giving them a strike three just yet. I am going to go back one more time and encourage a few of my buddies to meet me there for a cold one. Hopefully things will improve and our experience will be positive.
Anyone else been there yet and have an opinion? Please comment here. Steve