Visited on July 17, 2013.
This long time Grant’s Pass favorite got new management so I was a little worried despite the fact that it had gone down a bit in recent years. We waited quite some time on arrival to be greeted which did not help ease my worries. It turns out that we need not have worried. We were a large party, 8 of us, and we had requested the patio. We had a great table and the service did not falter despite the size of the party.
The bread service was uninspired and could have been skipped. I started with gazpacho whose nicely spicy tomato base was loaded with crunchy vegetables. I followed with the wasabi tenderloin. The meat melted like butter in your mouth and had a slightly sweet sauce that was cut perfectly by the wasabi. Almost everyone reported that their meal was good with only minor comments. These included scallops, five spice lamb rack, braised shortrib, meatloaf, New York steak (cooked unevenly), and the Porterhouse (needed some spice). The sweet potatoes were not a hit due to the marshmallows which make them too sweet. The accompanying vegetables were not too mushy but the carrots were unevenly cooked.
For desserts we tried the Godiva chocolate cheesecake, chocolate decadence and the apple crisp. They were okay but not great. The coffee was not good at all. The ice tea was fine but the beer selection was minimal.
The food is good overall and the patio overlooking the river is lovely. While the new management have improved what had been happening, they have not risen to what the River’s Edge once was. I will likely try again on my next visit.