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Simpson's is not just for the "old". I first came upon Simpson's due to my GPS and decided to stop there with my boyfriend. We both went and were so pleasantly surprised...we were just dressed in jeans, but that doesn't matter (all are welcome). The food is amazing and the service is fabulous. The owner Mel Simpson is so friendly and this restaurant has it all-a private piano player, great food, and great service (this includes the bartender). Some dishes are less expensive, but seafood is about $25 and this is not really different than other establishments. The cook, Frankie, is really great and he makes everything by hand (even the dinner rolls). I have visited this place numerous occasions since I first discovered Simpson's. My now husband and I are not "old" (we are in our 20's) and I think it is so limiting considering this just and "old people restaurant". Simpson's is so perfect for all occasions and I recommend it highly.
Never Again. Beware of the food served. Fresh??? I don't think so. Kitchen Nightmare! Staff was ok. It was obvious though they were not fond of the manager on duty. Not very professional.
Outstanding in Everyway....
I can't understand why more people are not coming here. It has been in Raleigh for a long time, excellent menu and food, a rose for the women, great live piano music, friendly owner. Had a great meal Friday night. Steaks are perfect, dessert tray, reasonable price when you consider the higher priced restaurants like Flemings or Sullivans. Much better.
The owner greets you and you have a table with fine linen, menu from seafood to steaks, high quality service, nice bar area and the best piano player I have ever heard. He can play anything.
not go back. the owner rude and the waiter rude.he was young. he nice to other people. he back talk rude to me. he rush to get rid of me.he said he not want to write down the order.he toldme he is the perfect person. he gave me the food and he ran. he knew he brought me the wrong items. it did not match my order. he ran away and not come back. i had to get up from my table and ask him to come back. he not say anything to me. when i complained to me. he knew i needed more iced tea. he would not volunteer to give me refills. he would not volunteer to give me the bill. he demanded i give him a tip. he gave me the bill and ran away. he was nice to other tables. i not dressed up. i complained to the manager. he got angry at me. the waiter also complained about the mangement being rude. and waiter told me he needed more money. i not leave a tip.
Simpson's was a restaurant I went to with my boyfriend--we were hoping for a nice, romantic restaurant & boy did we ever choose well! This has the perfect atmosphere when you want a intimate experience -has a marvelous piano player that really loves what he is doing & the restaurant is just really comfortable without being really stuffy (I don't see how it being romantic being catered to senior citizens). I am a 23 year old & I can say I LOVE SIMPSON'S! I think it is sad if people my age avoid this restaurant---
The service is excellent & we felt really valued here---it was nice and relaxing and the food was flavorful. I don't know how some people said they can cook this at home since well...you must have some REALLY good cooking skills! I do agree that it isn't a cheap restaurant, but it is well worth a try when you want to do something special for dinner.
Most Romantic Restaurant in Raleigh.
My husband and I have been to Simpson's many, many times. We eat there every year on our anniversary, and often several other times throughout the year.....any time we want a very romantic, special dining experience.
If candlelight, linen table cloths and the best wait staff in Raleigh is stuffy, then I guess I must like stuffy.
The food is always superb, and we have never had a waiter or waitress who seemed inexperienced. They happily adjust any entree to suit the diners' requests, like 'hold the mushrooms'. We've had the brie as an appetizer several times, and one night when it wasn't listed on the menu, they made it for us anyway.
I can't begin to describe the elegant manner of Simpson's. My husband and I ate at JK's in North Hills last night, and it was average...both the food and the overall experience. We left there saying we should have gone to Simpsons because we know we would have enjoyed ourselves more.
If you are looking for a menu that takes 5 lines to describe each menu item, then Simpson's may not be the place for you. But if you are looking for excellent food and the best service in Raleigh....go to Simpson's.
What other restaraunt presents a rose to each female patron??
Beware. Simpson's appears to cater to the senior citizen and good old boy crowd. The atmosphere is at best nostalgic/throwback, but generally comes off as corny, dated, and much like a cheap country club. Our food was acceptable, but not for the prices. There are *so* many restaurants in Raleigh that serve far, far superior food at this price point. So, why spend $25/plate for food with such simplistic seasoning and presentation? If you can't make food like this at home, then you haven't really tried. The service was prompt and attentive, but our waitress appeared to be inexperienced, uncomfortable, and unfamiliar with basic fine dining protocols.
Love the paino player. Love Love Love the Piano player. Go sit in the bar on a Friday or Saturday night just to hear him play. He likes to take requests and he looks like he loves what he is doing. He is great for the atmosphere.
The BEST in Raleigh.. Just had another great dinner at Simpson's. Dinner for two with wine and drinks came to $88.00 plus tip, and it is well worth it. There are lots of restaurants in the high end price range in Raleigh, but none of them have such great ambiance, great food and great service. We started with drinks and an appetizer, coconut crusted jumbo shrimp, and we both had the shrimp and scallops in a white sauce. OK, we had red wine, a nice glass of merlot, and the book says white wine with fish, but it went well. Usually I like to get the bacon wrapped filet mignon, which is the best in town. My wife had the orange cheesecake for desert and I had a Drambuie. I know of no place else in town where you can get such wonderful food in a quiet, pleasant environment. You can carry on a conversation in whispers. Our favorite place for the past 10 years.
Worst Fine Dining in Raleigh, NC. Simpson's has a simple and traditional American style menu to choose from. Traditional beef and seafood meals are offered and some specials that have not changed for the last 18 years are offered as well. While the food taste delicious and is consistently the same, there are some serious flaws at his restaurant. First, he does not care to repair the hole in his wall that has existed for 2 years yet he prefers people to not wear jeans. Secondly, his staff is always up in arms due to the treatment of his employees. They are constantly complaining amongst themselves and to the patrons sometimes. He has a five star chef whom he pays only $15/hr and he does not cashout charge tips for his servers nightly but weekly,thereby earning the interest on their money. While he has a great bartender and allows him to free pour, Simpson does not carry a great variety of liquors and spirits. For instance, Belvidere and Chopin along with the very popular flavored Stoli vodkas are not sold there. Furthermore, when we ordered a bottle of wine the waiter returned to say we don't carry that brand any longer. Update your wine list Mel. He is an older restaurant owner that caters to the older and slower crowd yet he wants everyones business. Apart from consistent food and great drinks, Simpson's is an antiquated relic of the past. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. NOT A TRUE FINE DINING EXPERIENCE.
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