Big dissapointment!. My husband and I were visiting the area from North Carolina and we wanted to go to some of the best restaurants in the area. We both love fine food and wine. After reading about the Barking Frog we made our reservations before we left for our trip. What a dissapointment! The service was good, but the food was terrible. We had the tasting menu that night. Most of the food was cold. The shrimp was very overcooked and the one scallop we got was almost raw. The dessert was terrible. The raspberries were bitter and the rest had no flavor. This was a huge disappointment with a $210 bill + tax and tip. We thought this would be a highlight and ended up being the biggest dissapointment of our trip.
Wine Guy, Wine Snob.. We went to the Barking Frog last week. I love their food. We ordered a bottle of wine. Here comes this guy, so full of himself. I could drive across the bridge for this kind. I know it's hard to believe but just because I am spending $50 for a bottle, doesn't make me a complete idiot. Good food, get cocktails instead.
A return to form.
A group of friends tried Barking Frog recently as part of the 25 for $25 promotion. We've been several times before, and were a little disappointed the last few times (after initially being blown away). I'm happy to say our visit this time was excellent.
Great service, excellent food, and a warm, bustling ambience - all perfect for a wet and blustery winter evening. Our waitress was friendly, and did a great job decanting and pouring wine throughout the meal, and our food arrived promptly. One of our party was a vegetarian and they offered a great vegetarian pasta dish using the fresh noodles served with the tuna entree, but with a slightly altered sauce.
While my appetizer of grilled prawns in a Grand Marnier flavoured sauce was good, the stand-out items for me this time were the seared coriander-encrusted ahi tuna entree and the chocolate dessert. The pasta served with the tuna was amazing - freshly made and perfectly cooked, with a delicious sauce. The tuna was perfectly seared and rare on the inside. The dessert it a nice micture of rich chocolate cake with a rich chocolate mousse/icing on top, and a refreshing sorbet on the side.
Portion sizes were also impressive - you shouldn't leave hungry, but won't be stuffed either.
Definitely worth a return visit out of the 25/$25 promotion
Slow Service!. Nice place but the service is very slow and the food is average. I will not go there again. Nothing special.
The surprises are in the details!. My Mom and I happenstance across this lovely place one day when driving around in the countryside. We wondered in for lunch and go back for every Mother/Daughter reason we can find. We find it to be our oasis away from it all. We always enjoy the variety of menu selection from season to season along with the ever changing, but quality wine list. I think it's the small details that we love the best, from pulling the table out so my handicapped Mom can sit and stand without incident or embarrassment to the special tea bags (so great and cute I searched them out and bought my Mom the entire ensemble). They always make us feel welcome, special and happy that we spent our hard earned money there. The surprises are in the details, the service, the selection, the tastes and the treasures. Thanks for many great memories and those I'm sure to make in the future.
The ordinary became extraordinary. My fiancee and I stopped in during wine tasting for a casual lunch and we were thoroughly impressed. The service was excellent. I never had an empty glass of water. I ordered what I thought would be a good Kobe beef burger. It turned out to be the best burger I ever had. The gorgonzola and tender beef along with the shoestring fries were awesome. The chicken with ravioli that my fiancee had was cooked perfectly and delicious. We were thoroughly impressed by our impromptu lunch.
Wonderful Anniversary Dinner. After spending the evening at Barking Frog I have nothing but good to say. The staff was friendly, courteous, and very attentive. They knew we were celebrating our anniversary and they made a point of mentioning it several times throughout the evening (including a chocolate sauce message on our dessert plate). The menu isnt long but still holds a nice selection of choices, and the food was amazing. Our pannacotta appetizer was a nice start, and the northwest fillet was unbelievable. If the menu is on the short side, the wine list is anything but, it being filled with a great selection of northwest choices. The values were surprising as well. The Woodward Canyon Cabernet we enjoyed ($60) was just over suggested retail; not what you expect at a restaurant. Overall a memorable evening of great food, wine, and service; we look forward to our next visit. Highly recommended.
Noteworthy Northwest cuisine draws knowing diners and oenophiles to Woodinville's wine country..
This small, elegant restaurant with extraordinary neighbors--Willows Lodge to one side and the Herbfarm to the other--is drawing devoted diners from across the Northwest. Locals in pressed khakis and polo shirts have begun to outnumber out-of-town guests, easily spotted in their suits and cocktail dresses.
A seasonally-changing menu keeps things interesting year round. Glistening, tender foie gras rests beautifully upon grilled brioche, surrounded by brilliant greens and tart huckleberries. Seafood dishes stand out: Sea bass is smartly partnered with savory shiitake mushrooms, sweet carrot sauce and a frizz of candied carrots; pan-seared King salmon, balanced on sticky rice cakes, is delightful when paired with bok choy and a sultry coconut curry sauce; and prawns, tossed in Grand Marnier aioli, garner approving nods.
25/$25 March 2005.
Our group of 6 stuggled to hear each other over the noise. I had the carrot and ginger soup, the asparagus and morel pot pie, and the coconut flan for dessert. The soup was good, but missed being great: It was a little cold, the mini crab cake was also cold and didn't pair well with the soup. The pot pie was disappointing - woody asparagus (underdone), tasty sauce but a bit floury. The "pot pie" was more like a puff pastry "sandwich"; the pastry ended up getting soggy under the sauce. The flan was disappointing: I couldn't taste any coconut, instead a strong taste of canned milk.
My glass of wine was great (O'Reilly's Pinot Grigio, $10). Their wine list is long,but not cheap. It's a pity they don't show off their wines more during 25/$25 by offering a flight of wine.
My thoughts....25 for $25.
I had dinner the Bark Frog last night for the first time and took advantage of the 25 for $25 promotion. The dinner itself was good. I went with the prawn appetizer which was excellent, seared halibut - cooked to perfection and fallen chocolate soufflé.
The portions were pretty small (the prawn appetizer for example, was 3 prawns) but after 3 courses and bread, I was just satisfied and full - not stuffed. The wait staff was totally on top of things and we didn't have to ask for anything - not more bread, not more anything. The service was totally impressive. The place lacks atmosphere (seemed cold, non-cozy and bordering on corporate) which would be my only real critique. I'd visit the Barking Frog again.
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