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Horrible food, I felt sick immediately after eating it, I do not think it was fresh and the restaurant did not seem sanitary. I was very disappointed.
Horrible customer service. I ordered a red special for take out and when I got home there was no miso soup. I called in to complain and they told me that it was there policy that they do not give soup for take away and also they "Do not tell customers" that they don't.
DO NOT GO HERE!!!
Let me start with the punchline: I was accused by the server that I walked out without paying the bill. Is that stereotypical or what?!!
Of course, they found the signed receipt while I stood outside waiting at the front door -- feeling humiliated on top of the bad service I received.
I was never offered water, they never came to check to see if everything was ok after the food was served. They rave about how fresh their food is, but can't provide fresh table top condiments. They are stale.
I did notice Everyone else in the establishment had water and were tended to and asked if everything was ok.
If they only knew who I was they wouldn't of made such a bad judgement based on gender, race, or creed. But this is the world we live in. I am happy to spend my money elsewhere where I am treated as a human being who is an upstanding American citizen who votes.
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Overpriced and not that good. When in the East Bay go elsewhere.
Service was fast food grade left something at the table for 5 minutes and it was gone Be careful!
Ajanta gave me a severe case of food poisoning a couple of years ago. My guess is the scallops, mentioned above, was the culprit.
The place was disorganized and the service was BEYOND slow.
Prices were exceptionally high for the quality (or lack thereof).
That famous lava cake everyone tells you about....tastes about equal to a boxed lava cake mix. btw - lava cake saw its peak about 6 years ago.
This place was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in years. A definitely NO!
The pizza is cold. How can the pizza be cold when it is 15 steps from the oven to the table? Crust is chewy, not in a good way. Staff is completely oblivious. Failed to refill water, failed to get my colleague's beer, then failed to tell him that beer was out, then failed to get us the check... in short, fail.
Lousy service - and they do not keep their committment to the musicians and pay them what was agreed upon in email.
I do not recommend this place as I said, the owner Damon was rude - demanded I give up the table I had been holding waiting for a friends to join me for dinner - no sooner did I give up the table when my friends came in. Because I had one of my artists performing their that night and had asked several people to come out to support I could not very well leave - we wound up standing in the back eating dinner standing up at the end of the bar - when I had sufficient seating for us - just 5 mins before their arrival! I had promoted telling my friends to come out and support this new business! DO NOT SUPPORT THEM!
Damon agreed to a $10 cover for the bands I booked - and refused to charge more than $5 - I understand venues are hurting - but when you agree to something you must keep your word - I even reached a compromise and communicated with the musicians - they still did not honor their word on the compromise - he was insulting to me - insulting to the musicians - and I strongly advise not going here - the only redeemable thing about this place are the corn nuts!
This place was a DIVE. Tall blond waitress hit on my date and gave my date her phone number. Wrong food. No water after it was Reordered. DIVE. BAD SERVICE. Customer had to Leave HUNGRY.
We thought the food was heavy handed and really average to poor pizza. Ingredients are very fresh in the Bay Area and there's no reason to douse things in balsamic vinegar and oregano (like their farro salad). The staff did not know the wine list and was not attentive to things like filling water glasses. There are plenty of other places that have far better pizza and sides (Boot and Shoe, Marzano, Locanda da Eva to name a few) at basically the same prices. EBExpress review sounded good so we thought we would try Paisan, but we would not go back.
Meat was bland and pretty flavorless. The brisket was not seasoned well at all and the chicken taste old...will not be going back :(
yeah. Nice $14 cheese plate. We got what, 3 pieces of cheese, no bread, some honey, and a few pieces of tomato? This is one small complaint among a completely pathetic experience (smallest wine pour ever, worse service I've seen in a long time, etc etc etc). Go to the Trappist or to B if you're in the area. You'll be MUCH better served.
We ordered badly - pork and polenta. The breaded pork was literally indistinguishable from a leather shoe sole, same thickness, same texture, and possibly same taste. We should have sent it back.
It is my understanding that they have moved to a diffrent
location.....don't even think about going and have pizza it is the worlds worst.....I also know that the place was shut down by the county health dept. they found rat crap in
pizza flour so don't even think about going there....the person who did the above entrance comments about the pizza being "kick ass" needs his head examined or maybe his taste for what a good pizza is..........
The service is the worst we've ever experienced. Of course it was busy, but everyone seemed to be eating, so we thought we'd try our luck. It took 30 minutes after being seated just to have our order taken. We ordered 3 dishes - noodles, vegetables, and fish - nothing complicated. 40 minutes later, the waitress comes back to tell us that they are out of the Pea Sprouts we ordered and to pick another vegetable. OK, fine, we'll do the Bok Choy. 10 minutes go by and we watch as a waiter delivers an order of Pea Sprouts to a nearby table that came in well after us. Strike 1. Another 10 minutes roll by, still no food. The waitress comes by again to tell us, unapologetically, that they are now "out of chow fun". Strike 2. Fine, the birds nest noodles it is. Another 10 minutes pass, we finally get our bok choy. 5 minutes later, the 2 other dishes arrive. Everything was good, but maybe it only seemed that way because we waited SOOOO LONG for it.
After we ate, we asked for the manager to complain and and all he could say was "sorry" to each of our gripes. Just "sorry". Strike 3.
DO NOT EAT HERE if you expect great service or a friendly attitude. Not sure why they treated us so badly, but I will never eat there again (or maybe only if it's takeout). If you are trying to catch a movie afterward (and we were), DO NOT EAT HERE. They get to you when they feel like it and, dang it, they lied to us.
Maybe if you are in a big group, they will give you a higher priority, but this experience just plain sucked.
I've gone to this guy for a couple of years, great sandwiches but expensive compared to other sandwich shops (Subway?). I usually put up with this drill sargeant when I go in there, part of the experience going into his shop, but I've had a terrible experience with him as of late, with him "charging" me for 2 sandwiches that I never recieved because the 2nd to last time I patronized his business I was carrying no cash (he takes cash only) after I ordered the sandwiches, so the order was cancelled, and I went to another establishment. Sure enough, this psycho is asking for his money 2 days later, and shocked and confused, I regrettably payed him. Once I figured out what was going on, I demanded my money back, or for him to at least provide the 2 sandwiches that I never received, and he refused!? I've reported him to the BBB and written letters to get my money back and he has not responded. So, if you don't mind feeling like your working for the propietor of this business rather than the other way around, the sandwiches are good, if a little pricey; but if I were you I'd pass this place up and patronize a business that understand who the customer is!
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