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Posted by Eric Breitman on 07/20/2011
I only went here because I purchased a Living Social special. I ordered the steak which was edible, but not good by any stretch. It came bone dry and half way through I realized that they forgot the sauce. I told the waiter and he apologized. I demanded that our appetizers be gratis in exchange for the steak mishap which the waiter agreed to. The mashed potatoes were gooey and probably came out of a box. The food was an embarrassment.
Posted by Mariella on 06/09/2011
Just got back home from dinner at the Antique Cafe and although I have never written a review (good or bad) before I feel compelled to do so now. I urge anyone reading this to heed my warning and not subject yourself to the poorest dining experience you'll ever have. I purchased two dinner certificates from TravelZoo and invited friends to join me for dinner. I walked out of the restaurant mortified and embarrassed beyond belief. For an appetizer we ordered the steamed mussels, the guacamole , the lump crab cakes and the mushroom bruschetta. The only item that was edible was the bruschetta. The lump crab cakes were two thin discs, brown in color that resembled mini veggie burgers - no visible crab meat at all. The guacamole was OK but the accompanying chips were stale. The mussels, well I am not sure how to describe them. They were so tiny and overcooked that when I opened them, there was practically and literally nothing inside. I didn't think things could get any worse, but boy, was I wrong. For the main course - we ordered the spinach ravioli, the mahi-mahi, the fettuccini seafood arrabbiata and the 10oz steak. My friend tasted her mahi-mahi and was embarrassed to tell me how the fish was, I mean not only tasting, but fish that had gone. It even smelled. The spinach ravioli were hard and undercooked and dry. My fettuccini seafood arrabbiata was beyond disappointing.... the fettuccini was so overcooked it was complete mush, with not one single strand of pasta longer than 1 inch. No twirling skills required there. The shrimp was hard as a rock and the only seafood worth eating were the 2 scallops. The steak wasn't too bad although the accompanying french fries were barely warm. I am 56 years old, eat out very frequently, travel extensively, have enjoyed incredible meals and ones that were not so good. Only once in my life have I sent food back to the kitchen. Tonight, the mussels, the mahi-mahi and the fettuccini were all returned to the kitchen. The waiter was very apologetic and when I asked to speak to the owner or manager told me neither one was present. It is incomprehensible to me how the Antique Cafe stays open for business. My suggestion, if you purchased dinner certificates, rip them up and throw them in the garbage. Please believe me, I am not exaggerating.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2011
i ordered the fish and chips thinking that its a dish that's very difficult to screw up. boy did i eat my words...the fish consisted of 5 fish sticks - the kind you would get out of the freezer aisle with a pile of fries. my husband ordered the shrimp, mussels and fettucine dish. shrimp were overcooked and chewy and the mussels were inedible as they didn't even open! not to mention the substituted spaghettini for the fettucine. best thing about the meal were the two beers.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2011
Swung by this place for a the 2 Eggs Any Style on my way to work. It comes with whole wheat toast and fruit salad.... Very straight forward. I asked for sliced tomatoes, that $1 extra... Ridiculous, but fine. I get to work and open the box. These fools, have put the fruit and tomatoes in the bottom of the box. Eggs in the middle. And toast on top. WTF. Really? Pineapple flavored eggs for breakfast. Awesome.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2011
Coming in the place has a nice enough aesthetic. My girlfriend was given a broken chair which should have been our first red flag. 7 tables and two waiters seems like a manageable feat so when we ordered a veggie burger and a croque monsieur we still had high hopes. An hour passed where no one offered to refill our coffee or tea. When the food showed up over an hour later hers consisted of a slimy salad and a glorified grill cheese and mine a dry burger. Not worth the hassle.
Posted by SSMM on 01/27/2011
Bought a Travelzoo voucher for two 3 course meals and a half carafe of wine for $45. Sounds like a great deal, right? Wrong. After looking at the menu before I was excited to have the muscles for starters and then the scallops (I love scallops and order them everywhere I go) for my entree. Muscles came out - they were very large as opposed to the smaller tasty little guys - because they were so large they were dry and not close to the delicious liquid that they were cooked in. Disappointing. The scallops came out - 4 medium size scallops on a plate with a sauteed spinach and tomato base. Not impressive - scallops needed more of a sear - spinach and tomotaes tasted very simple. I would have sent it all back if I had not already purchased the groupon. The scallops alone were $22 on the menu. Dessert was probably the straw that broke the camels back. Ordered apple tart with ice cream. Came out on a small plate with chocolate drizzle around the edge. The apple tart was in a wrapper which clearly points out it was not made on site. My friend and I basically knew from the second we walked in that our experience was going to be just about what we had. The ambience was not on par - we were there for dinner and it was bright as it could be inside. The murals on the wall and the fabric hanging from the ceiling was not creating a mood of nice dinner for two. I assume the restaurant is struggling because in our check there was another coupon for the same deal but from the restaurant directly. We will not go back. The location is great - surrounded by many other successful dining options - there is potential here if someone actually puts effort into the food on the menu and the decor is changed.
Posted by anonymous on 05/10/2010
I have been going to Antique one saturday a month for over 5 years with a group - it's out workshop lunch spot. However, we have all decided we've had enough of the dramatic decline in service and the inexplicably rude behavior of the wait staff. The bus boys are GREAT. The "managers" and the waitress need to find a way to understand that their customers are not some kind of punishment from the Gods. You want to ignore me? Get my order wrong every time? Bark at me? Yell at me when i move a chair where you don't want it? Say things about me in ear shot because i asked for extra lemon? Great! Do it! But do it with new customers because we are going somewhere that doesn't make us wish we hadn't eaten lunch.