The food is good,steaks cooked properly, service is good,decor sets the stage for upscaled pricesand extremely overpriced bourbon and scotch, although their selection is nice. The only reason this place has the reputation it has is due to the lack of competition in College Station.
If you have been to a real city with options then you know College Station isn't one of those places. That being said, why am I paying Dallas,Austin,Houston or New England pricing in College Station for something not in Dallas,Austin,Houston or New England? Why are there better and less expensive/priced similarly places with much better views and beautiful atmosphere with weekly changing culinary offerings from top regional chefs out there,yet when you get to College Station people think places like this are amazing as if they forgot real civilization exists?
It's not the Republic's fault, and I have nothing bad to say about them at all aside from their bourbon and scotch pricing,which is not that far off from just buying a bottle secondary or in some cases more than that, but in comparing it to places in their "league," it is an average upscale fine dining restaurant,so unless it's a bad fine dining establishment,it should get 4 stars, but in no way does it come close to deserving 4.5 or 5 stars if held to the standards of true fine dining.
As trip advisor does not do well in sorting out the difference in those standards that seperate fine dining from other nice restaurants ect. in my opinion, it needs to get 3 stars to reflect what I'm trying to truly rate it and why.
If you're gonna drop the kind of money on a meal this place thinks it deserves, save it and go somewhere you will find more than 3 places that have pseudo to legitimate fine dining establishments to choose from. If you don't care nor have the time or desire to wait until you find yourself in cities or towns with actual options, or are truly stuck here because your visiting a student or a constantly disappointed football fan, then eat away because after all, "It's really good for College Station." Just remember that means it's probably decent to above average in most places that have real options.
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