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Disappointed! Based on your review, I got a cheeseburger to go with grilled onions. The burger was quite good, but they forgot the cheese and placed one large onion slice, ungrilled, on the so-so bun. Sorry, I love good burgers, but KronnerBurger can do better for the price.
I saw a lot of magazines in this store but nowhere near enough. Couldn't find the current affairs magazine "The Week" (http://theweek.com)
Overpriced, with small portions
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incredibly overrated. average italian at a high price. outside of a meeting place for the 20 to 35 set, why bother. much better places available at half the price.
We had most of the meats. Generally underwhelming.. Ribs were tough and not smokey, brisket was cut wrong and little smoke ring, tri-tip was just ok, links were just so so. Mac and Cheese, Yams, and beans were good. Way over priced for the quality of the product. I get BBQ all over the country and usually will kill a combo plate and look for more. Not here, I stopped after about a third of the plate and my wife ate even less of hers. Maybe its too much to expect decent BBQ in Northern California. Skip this one...
I second the previous reviewer. It was a great place, even a five star place. Staff was great, it was always great to drop by.
Now you get a meager 4 tastings for the money. If they have wine on sale, that does not mean it is for taste (what sense does that make?), no deviation from the tastting menu anymore. Most wine got mediocre. I am no longer a member and won't buy there anymore.
The first time we dined at Tiki Tom's last year we had a wonderful time. The food was very good and the cocktails were excellent. They offered live Hawaiian music and dancing. Then we returned this weekend and were very disappointed. The atmosphere has changed. The live Hawaiian music is still very good, but very few people were seated in the restaurant section - and for good reason. What happened to this place? The restaurant now has pool tables and caters to a bar crowd. We had some drunken patron bump into our table asking for rolling papers. That set the tone of our dining experience.
The service was poor and the meal was disappointing. I ordered ahi tuna and when it arrived to our table it was covered in mystery sauce. The rice and veggies were bland and the "white shark'"cocktail I ordered was uninspiring - no fruit garnish or accents. I can't recommend this place to anyone. Its a shame because the first time we visited this restaurant we had such a good time. If the bar crowd is propping up this business I can't imagine that it will remain in existence much longer.
Overpriced, waiter disappeared after taking order, try somewhere else!
very late night, cheap, solid chinese food, good crowd of all ages.
Food was terrible and over-priced here. Do not be fooled by the loverly outdoor seating. We ordered a shrimp quesadilla and it was made with tiny shrimp and tasty very fishy - mostly gobs of cheese. Host was preoccupied socializing with friends vs. managing the front of the house. Please do not waste your time and money here.
I was taken to Metro Lafayette at lunch time for my birthday. I must agree that the entrance to the restaurant is hard to find and feels like you are coming in the back door. You end up passing the side of the bar and then there is a large open area. It was extremely noisy given all the hard surfaces (brown tiles, white walls, wooden tables without cloths, faux stone curved wall, rust colored chairs, etc.) It was unbearably loud but since it was a hot day we had to sit inside. It was hard to speak and it was apparent others were having the same problem as each person had to continue to raise their voices to offset the others in the restaurant doing the same. It was like a bad feedback loop.
The menu has is rather limited with appetizers, starters and entrees with about 4-5 choices each. Appetizers run from $7 to $15, starters are similar. We decided to get a selection of items (Spicy Tuna Poke, Crabcakes, Thai Salad and Bruschetta). Later we order the Croque Monsieur and a pasta dish with meatballs.
The best of all was the Spicy Tuna Poke which was served in something like a martini glass. Other dishes were so, so, especially given their prices. The crabcakes were tasty, but the strings of cucumber were just bland. The best part of the Thai Salad was the chicken but even that had a few pieces that were slighty "charred" and the rest of the ingredients were again bland. I barely remember the Bruschetta. For the entrees, the pasta dish again was devoid of much taste without sauces, but just long pasta tubes and meatballs and some small pieces of tomato, onion, etc. Finally the Croque Monsier was a piece of bread with ham and cheese melted on it, the rest of the plate was filled with french fries. We actually compared them to McDonald's fries because they were exactly the same dimensions and had a similar taste. We ignored the baby gerkin and red onion that were included.
Service-wise there were lots of waitstaff moving all about adding to the chaos and noice. If anything I felt they were too attentive constantly taking plates, refilling water/sodas after just a few sips, replacing silverware, etc. I had to laugh when they brought us a whole new set of plates at one point. I dutifully put my dirty plate aside and took the new plate. The waiter cleared the dirty plates and then seeing I had put a dirty fork on the new plate, took the new plate too.
Overall I see little value to this restaurant. It seems like it is trying to be a trendy place for people to come, but I don't find it an enjoyable experience. The noise is unbearable, the food is mediocre, the menu selection is limited, the prices are high and the staff hovers about constantly, and the restaurant isn't even a pretty, pleasant place to be (if you can find it through the parking lot by going in what seems like the back door). Don't even think of bringing children here because they won't find anything to eat on the limited menu and they will only add to the cacophany.
I'm sure the chef/owner is trying to bring a little of San Francisco to the East Bay, but it just all seems too pretentious a place, with very little value. If the food was outstanding, I could be more forgiving, but it lacks taste and excitement. If you do go, get the Spicy Tuna Poke to go and eat it outside. Oh the desserts were decent too.
Barney's has really declined the last few years. They last few times we have gone they either badly under or overcooked the burgers. Tonight they got the order wrong, overcharged me (and could not seem to fix the bill despite agreeing it was wrong), and messed up the shake that we had to ask for several times and that they did not bring until we had finished our burgers. Worst of all - they don't seem to care about their poor service or that we were not happy. Their curly fries are great - but that is not enough to get me to go back, given the number of other restaurants that appreciate my business (and money).
i found some hair on the food i paid
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