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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2007
To add to a previous reviewer - you need an open mind and an open wallet. The quality was good but not the best bang for the buck. We were ignored by the staff for quite a bit. Decorations were a bit over the top but then again - this is how they get their $$$. Overall - an average experience. Lower the prices and serve more food - this way you'll get locals as well as tourists.
Posted by Pat on 08/03/2007
To those who say this is a tourist trap I say "Stupid is as stupid does" - if you prefer being with the locals stay out of Times Square and go back to your own neighborhood! To those with an open mind, prepare to be enchanted. Many are familiar with the mouth watering scenes involving shrimp and chocolate in the famous movie this eatery is named for, so the question is - can the restaurant live up to such a history? I can assure you that if you put yourself in Bubba's hands, order with child like enthusiam and abandon and bring a hearty appetite you will be delighted! Here's what I sampled...appetizer: Bubba's Far Out Dip. I had wanted to try the Cajun Shrimp appie, but since I like mild spice (more Mrs. Dash than Chile Powder) I opted for this appetizer. Perhaps "Far Out" is a stretch since I make a similar dip at home, but it was delicious and I found myself scraping the crock with chips to the utter embarrassment of my date. I looked no further than "Forrest's Favorites" for my entree - who would? And Forrest had some good ideas, like the Bourbon Mahi Mahi. This comes with shrimp and I had to have some shrimp before I left! It came delightfully presented on a bed of mashed potatos which I again ate every last bite of. My date ordered Boat Trash for dinner - yes, that is the name! It's actually fried seafood, and he said it was delicious. And he cleaned all the trash up! I washed this back with a scrumptious cocktail called the Lava. For dessert we had a delicious warm apple cobbler. I was vaguely annoyed at these prices that I had to pour the sauce on it myself, but the waiter discouraged me from asking him to do it. Maybe life is like a box of chocolates, but in this case you know what you will get - a great meal!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2007
Wow - it seems like the last two people have said everything that needs to be said. Don't go here unless you're a tourist and/or like to waste $. Go watch Forrest Gump in your own time and save a whole lot of $ - better yet, go to the dozens of other great restaurants in and around Times Square and actually get full and don't have a giant hole in your wallet.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2007
Save your money - don't go here. As someone who has been to most of the places in and around times square (and as a business person), take it from me that this place gets its value from the location and atmosphere, not the food. The prices are ridiculous for the amount of food served. I went here with a set of friends (all New Yorkers and businessmen), who all agreed that this was not worth it. This is a classical tourist trap.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2007
They have tried to compensate for the ridiculous prices and little food by decorating the place in flashy colors. I have been to most of the prices in and around Times Square and this is certainly the lowest value for the dollar that I've found. Appetizers were disappointing - there were about 7 ping pong sized hush pups - for 3 six foot guys, that's nothing - especially for the price that we paid. They brought the hush pups in a large pail so we thought there was a decent amount of them - but to our surprise, there were only 7.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2007
We went into Bubba Gump after the theatre one night. We were a bit hungry and did not want to walk far, and just wanted an appetizer and a drink. The view from the restaurant is awesome - so if you want to people watch and admire Times Square, it's great for that. However the service and food leave a little to be desired. It's pricey - but you expect that when you are smack in the middle of TS. However, what ticked us off is the way we were treated. We each ordered a beer. Nothing fancy - just beer. We were not asked what size we wanted. When the bill came, we saw that the beers were $12.95 each - now that is crazy. Even in Times Square. The waitress proceeded to tell us that we got a "free" glass with ordering the large beer. Now that doesn’t sound "free" to me , and also - we were never asked if we wanted a large Beer and the "free" glass. We ordered a beer, she said ok. That’s it. That's taking advantage of your customers. We told the waitress we didn’t feel this was right, and she proceeded to mock us for not understanding "the way things work in NYC". Now we have both been to NYC many, many times - we are well travelled, educated and we are not idiots. Needless to say, we didn’t appreciate it. The manager did agree to eventually just charge us the price of the beer - $6.00. Which means the "free" glass was $6.95 - interesting. So, long story short, there are so many better places to eat, where you won't be treated like an idiot just because you're from out of town!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/21/2007
My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time yesterday afternoon before catching a show. Although we were at first put off a bit by the prices (we're not from the city, so we're used to cheaper eats), after sampling our sandwiches (BBQ pork for him, shrimp po' boy for me) and our lemonades, we felt the quality matched the price. We were seated very quickly, and were able to get in and out in plenty of time to catch our show. We were especially amused by the "Run Forrest Run/Stop Forrest Stop" system, and tickled to see how well it really works! If you have the extra funds, I'd highly recommend this eatery.