Feb
15

Diane’s of Roslyn

When my wife and I moved to Roslyn – about 5-years ago – Diane’s was a powerhouse of a local restaurant.  Tough to get in, huge local crowds 4-deep at the bar, great food, crisp service, everything was clicking. 

We had dinner there last night for Valentine’s Day – perhaps our 50th dinner – and I am sad to report that the place is really slipping.  This report is not based on this last meal, but our experience from our last 10 or so meals. 

We sat right down to a half empty restaurant (ON VALENTINES DAY).  My wife, who is more in tune to this sort of thing, pointed out that it did not seem to be much of a local crowd at all.  Apparently the local crowd is over at Il Mulino, Bryant & Cooper, Besito, or one of the newer, hotter (and better) restaurants in town. 

The menu that I was handed was stained.  The flowers on the table were actually burned from the votive, the waiter was nice, but inarticulate and poorly groomed.  He never could have had that job five years ago. 

The bread basket, which used to be stuffed with all kinds of incredible, evil simple carbs, had a couple of pieces of italian bread and some flats.  Blech.

The menu, which used to change all the time with new, interesting dishes, has been the same for the last year or so – all solid food choices, but enough already.

I ordered the mesculin salad and wild atlantic salmon over mixed beans.  The salad had too much dressing and the salmon was okay.  It was fine. 

My wife ordered the gnocci and lobster and complained that the lobster did not taste fresh.  I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I have never known her to complain about lobster before. 

The wine by the glass was expensive and uninspired.

Diane’s is known for their deserts because of their affiliation with Diane’s bakery next door – an institution on the North Shore.  Unbelievable stuff (try the banana creme pie if you are in town – I only eat it there).  When desert menus came out we passed – both of us were bored with our food and ready to call it a night.

It gives me no pleasure to report that Diane’s has slipped to a B-level restaurant.  If you can’t get a reservation elsewhere, you can walk in there and have a decent meal for $80/person.

 Review By Guest reviewer Corry

One Response to “Diane’s of Roslyn”

  1. $80 a person!!!!!!!!!!! For average food that I can cook at home????????? Thats what I go out for, so that I can have a good Chef make a decent meal, that what I’m paying for…….Their desserts are made with fresh and good ingredients…I have never had their dinners yet, unless someone else covers the tab! ha!

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