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The Wonderful Water Grill

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A couple of months ago we hinted that we wanted to dine at dowtown's Water Grill, perhaps in a celebratory capacity. Well, our wish was indeed granted, and we made our first visit to what many herald is a top spot for seafood in the city. Because we were coming off a sugar high most likely induced from one too many slices of "Happy Graduation (insert name here)!" cake consumed in those days, we didn't get to lapse into the food coma we so treasure after a meal in such a place. So we did what any smart food fan might do: We went back.

This time, though, we let the pros decide. That is, we opted to go with the tasting menu, which put us in the capable hands of the kitchen, guided by Executive Chef David LeFevre. Our dining experience at Water Grill actually began days earlier, when we made our reservations via the phone; each time we've called the restaurant we were absolutely thrilled with the congeniality and efficiency of the reservation staff. The restaurant also does a confirmation callback, which is a lovely added touch. The welcoming vibe extends from there, and in fact, deepens--each encounter with a staff member, from host to captain to server to sommelier is affirmation that service is a key component of any fine dining experience. No hovering stiffs, mind you, just attentive and friendly folks who take care of their customers, which shouldn't, but just might well be a lost art these days.