241 Main St S, Stillwater, MN | Directions 5508245.054964 -92.805330
Rude Service – My husband and I and 2 other couples made reservations for dinner for my birthday. We arrived promptly at 5:30 and were seated right away. It took 15 minutes or so to get our first drink order and from there our service progressively got slower. We didn't mind too much because after we got a few bottles of wine we got caught up in conversation while waiting. However after we paid our tab (literally the minute after we paid the tab) we were told to leave! We didn't mind the slow service or the fact we weren't even asked if we wanted dessert (let alone a complimentary one for my birthday) since we could see it was busy and we all have been in the service industry at some point in our lives. But to be asked to leave after spending $400+ there was shocking! Especially since it was their slow service that kept us there so long (we had to wait 1/2 hour for our tab)! We were all stunned when the hostess said we have "been there long enough" and other people were waiting for the table. We weren't even allowed to finish our wine! I thought surely that this was just an example of one bad employee and not the restaurant as a whole so the next day I sent a polite e-mail to the restaurant expecting the management to be appauled by this behavior and tell me that they'd take action to make sure it doesn't happen again but I got no reply. A few days later I left the same message on their website, surely once management was aware they'd be thankful that someone brought this to their attention - wrong, again, no reply. After speaking with friends on the treatment we received there I heard similar stories - the management is just horrible and the rudeness of the staff reflects it. Unless you want to be humiliated by being treated like this in front of friends, family or even worse clients, stay away from this restaurant!
Not optional – Despite the name "wine bar," I truly believe the food is the real standout here. The wine list is of the smorgasbord variety rather than the categorical variety, leans New World, especially Californian, and I would call it adequate to above average. I remember having on a previous occasion a very good steak or otherwise-cut-of-beef with foie gras. This past weekend I had the blackened scallops with soba noodles etc., which was flat out unbelievable. I'm no country bumpkin, I've lived around the country and around the world, and this is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. The food could hardly be more artistic and delicious, and it doesn't even cost $100 a head. The renovation and expansion has eliminated a lot of the artsy hole in the wall charm, but I'm happy to see them doing well. I have no idea what is going on with the negative reviews. With due respect to one of them, Phil's Tara is a fine establishment, but this is fine art, and that is Northern Exposure.
What a disappointment – We dined at Marxs last night what a disappointment. We had the Linguini Prochuitto the Pasta was way over done and so Salty you could not eat it. Nice atmosphere Service was very slow and not very Attentive. We even complained to the server and she just blew it off. If it were me I would highly reccomend Phils Tara Hide Away it is the best.
Love the Chef Specials – Marx is turning into my favorite restaurant. I had been to Marx before the remodel the food was good, then someone suggested that I try the chef specials...WOW. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Try to get there by 5:00 (or lunchtime) or you will have to order a watermelon martini and wait it out. Dont eat in the bar if you can help it, service has not been the best there.
An inexpensive wine list and elegant, casual Italian fare draw a hip crowd in Stillwater. – In Short
The slick restaurant is packed with only the coolest people, desperately vying for one of the few tables or a seat at the bar. Lime walls, azure trim and empty black frames give it even more energy. The New Italian fare is executed with flair. Wood-fired pizzas work as appetizers or entrees, with toppings like fresh Italian sausage and kicky piquillo peppers. Tender filet mignon mixes with caramelized onions, fennel and a red-wine reduction.
The Grilled Black Angus Sirloin with Guiness glaze was unbelievable, it melted in my mouth. – Excellent new menu and decor. The "fusion bistro" really works here. We were a table of 4. I had the sirloin as mentioned above. The other 3 had the filet mignon, it was gorgeous, and beyond tender. One had the Caneloni, looked superb, I did not taste it, but there was none left over when we were done. And my wife had the checken breast, it was very tender, and very well presented.
The food took a little longer than we are used to, however we were told this was the case when we ordered so we had no problem waiting an extra 10 minutes. It allowed us to enjoy a second glass of wine from their very diverse wine list.
Prices were great--180.00/incl. tip- for a table of 4 with 2 drinks each, and 2 appetizers split between us.
The place is not huge, but the layout is great. We walked in at 7:30 on a Tuesday and took the last table--people arriving after us had a minimal wait--15 minutes or so.
No satisfaction – Marx came highley recommended by a friend of mine so I was extremely caught off gaurd when I was treated so rudely. Upon entering the seating area was full so my friend and i took a seat at the empty bar. We were given drink menu's after looking them over and asking a few questions I was ready to place my order. I gave the bartender my indentification for placing my drink order and he would not except it! I offered him other forms of I.D. to show that this indeed was me and he refused all of it. He proceeded to ingnore me and try to take the order of my friend. I have never had anyone ever refuse service to me and be so rude. My I.D. was as real as they come I have a feeling I was not someone they wanted dining in their establishment. Needless to say we did not stay for dinner and well drinks were a bust too. If you don't look like everyone else you might NOT be welcome!!!
I'LL pass for now – Just wnt to Marx new renovation this past wekend looks great but that did not help the food. Sad to say the make over has not helped the overall food quality or the very spotty service ( we have been, in the past and waited 3 + hours and had no food delivered ) Bottom line there are better faster same quality choices available on main street Stillwater.
Beyond Words – My husband and I spur of the moment decided to go out for dinner on Valentines Day! We called was told it was a set menue at 69.00 per person and got in at 6:30. It was fabulous from the time we were served our champagne until dessert! Every course was better than the last..and the service..as always..Perfect!
Delicious – The wine was as delicious as the prices were reasonable. Loved the warmed goat cheese salad - everything fresh goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and greens should be. The walleye appetizer was fantastic and the pizzas were good. The tomato sauce was a little too dressed up for my taste, but the crispy crust made up for it.
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