Friendly and pleasant.
I love going to Maltby's. I really do. The food is pretty darn good, if a little on the pricey side, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere is cozy. My favorite part of going to Maltby's, though, is the baskets of Trivial Pursuit cards at each table- combining the pleasure of going out to eat with the fun of a family game night. It's a really simple touch that makes Maltby's unique and among my favorite restaurants.
The Food In proper pub style, Maltby's takes its beer seriously--Double Diamond, Newcastle Brown, Fuller's London Porter, and Guinness on tap, among others--but the food is more straight-ahead American. The kitchen does its best work on the simple things: hot pastrami sandwiches, 12-ounce rib-eye steaks, half-pound burgers with Gorgonzola cheese, house-made spumoni ice cream. Unwisely, the restaurant also offers a range of "fancier" foods that are clearly a reach for the kitchen staff (teriyaki salmon salad, paella).
The Scene If you stay simple and order another creamy pint, Maltby's achieves a level of comfortable good cheer that the Hard Rock can only dream about.