We visited for the first time in seven years. I was worried by some of the recent posts which were negative. I think these are folks who don't understand non-corporate or 'old south' dining. Our experience was identical to previous visits and I believe consistent with the JK brand. The old house has a wonderful charm and atmosphere. The food and service are outstanding. This is the kind of place where waiters will work for 20 years. The little guy behind the bar looks like the guy I remember from the mid 90s. Many of the servers are older men whose intimate service and manners are hallmarks of a largely lost era; Yankees and liberals may be offended at the degree of deference they show. Their interest in your choice and happiness is not a front, but a sincere desire for your happiness. The Wife had a caprese salad which disappeared quickly and blue cheese stuffed filet which was grilled to perfection, along with the famous twice baked potato, and creme brulee (which she loved). I had a ceasar salad and asked our waiter, Marcus, to surprise me with an entree. He brought a perfectly grilled rib eye and twice baked potato. Delicious, although I have heard amazing things about the sea bass and will try this next time. You can certainly spend less for a decent steak. You can spend less and have a good time. But Jimmy Kelly's is the kind of place you take an out of town guest or a business associate whom you'd like to impress, because it's unique, special, memorable and extraordinary. It's the kind of place where waiters are professionals who are not merely moonlighting between jobs and pandering for a tip but who are true servants and want to make your night out special. You remember their names and hope they'll be available the next time you visit. I've you've never been here, you must go. If you're deliberating about where to go for an incredible steak and/or outstanding service, you must go. The tables are a little close if you're looking for intimacy-ask for upstairs seating if you value privacy, but the ambiance is unbeatable. Valet parking as well.
Little-known fact: Most teachers do not go into teaching for the money. Hard to believe, given the exorbitant salaries and sweet benefits (you know...sexy cars, free concert tickets, occasionally the chocolate milk that the cafeteria didn't manage to sell that day). Given my bountiful cash, I tend to frequent many expensive restaurants. But seriously. Given how rarely I can afford to go to a restaurant that doesn't feature free chips and salsa, I want to be wowed when I shell out for a meal. And Jimmy Kelly's does require you to shell out. The steak was good. But was it incredible? Was it forty dollars worth of beefy heaven? No. It was good. (The twice-baked potato, however, may have been an ethereal, carb-laden gift from above.) It is also my understanding that the tiny pancake-y bread that is served is also good (not gluten-free though). To be honest, my favorite part of the meal was our server, John, who had the fantastic personality you would expect from a retired guy who's just working because he wants to. We had a jolly old time. But did we have two hundred dollars for four people eating worth of a time? Eh.
We are travelling across the US and found some good reviews for this restaurant so decided to give it a go. Firstly let me just say that this is not a restaurant that is just about food. It's about a dining experience. On walking in, we were warmly greeted and immediately seated. Our waiter Marcus was extremely professional and yet still very friendly. Just the right balance. He had a very good way of reading his guests and adjusting accordingly. To be honest, he was one of the best waiters I've had in any country... ever! I order the steak and my fiance ordered the salmon. Both meals were cooked to perfection although the only thing I could say needed improvement was the New York strip I had. A little to much fat and some grizzle along the edges for my personal liking. But it was still a good steak. The sides were good and we also ordered the blackberry cobbler which had a great flavor. All in all, I would recommend this restaurant based on my experience.