Critic Roundup: A (Mostly) Brighter Future

Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up restaurant reviews from across America

Chef Russell Jones

Nearly everything seemed to be coming up roses in the national culinary scene this week. The revival of Cassis in Seattle and D.C.’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon under its newly acquired chef Russell Jones, were both a hit with the critics. Providence Cicero wrote of the rebooted Seattle French bistro, the sequel to the original that closed in 2004, “Cassis is at its most enticing.” Tom Sietsema encouraged Washington D.C. residents to now consider Jack Rose Dining Saloon “a place you want to return to for a plate of food as much as a shot of something amber.”

The exception—and there is always bound to be at least one deviation—was a big one. Stan Sagner of the New York Daily News added insult to injury atop The New York Times’ Pete Wells, New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo, and Adam Platt of Grub Street’s unflattering reviews of the newly reopened New York landmark, Tavern on the Green. Sagner echoed Wells’ admittedly high initial hopes, as well as his subsequent criticism of the unrefined service and confusing décor. He showed chef Katy Sparks no mercy with withering descriptions of her creations and an overall poor review of her food, commenting, “the new incarnation fails to justify its over-the-top prices…the dishes that emerge from her gorgeous open kitchen fall well short of the source material’s potential.”

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 7/02/14






Devra First

Boston Globe

La Brasa

2.5 stars

Stan Sagner

NY Daily News

Tavern on the Green

1 star

Gael Greene

Insatiable Critic

NoMad Bar


Tom Sietsema

Washington Post

Jack Rose Dining Saloon


Scott Reitz

The Dallas Observer



William Porter

The Denver Post

Bistro Barbes

3 stars

Providence Cicero

The Seattle Times


2 stars

Jonathan Gold

The LA Times

Night + Market Song


Michael Bauer

San Francisco Chronicle


2.5 stars


Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant/City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @theconversant.