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Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2008
The food was okay, but definitely not worth the wait, the crowd, the price and the less than spectacular service! Totally overrated.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2008
It's a cute restaurant with a cozy french vibe. The desserts and tempting and tasty but the service is slow and unfriendly. The employees don't seem like they want to be there at all.
Posted by musicchick00 on 04/21/2008
I came here once on a date 5 years ago and thought it was fantastic, so I was excited to take my boyfriend here a week ago. We were both sorely disappointed. The waitresses were the most miserable-looking bunch I've ever seen. Not one of them cracked a smile the entire time we were there. Makes me wonder what these poor girls have to go through on a daily basis! We had to wait about 20 minutes for one to come and acknowledge us...I normally wouldn't wait that long, but I really thought that the desserts were going to be worth it. I was wrong. The desserts were nothing special, and were even on the dried-out side. The best thing we got was an alcoholic "shake." I think its success had more to do with its alcohol content than anything else. The ambience was nervewracking. Tables are much too close, and we heard every word of our neighbors conversations on both sides. We won't be back, and my bf went so far as to label it a "tourist trap." I'm afraid he might be right.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2008
cafe lalo is extremely overpriced. the desserts are extremely subpar, none of them taste as if they were baked on the premise. the cafe is uncomfortably small and way too loud. the only reason it is so popular is because it appeared in you've got mail. there are much better options up and down the west side.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/11/2008
Really good food, but... 1. Very cramped, and I'm 5'3" 110lbs. 2. Our waitress forgot about us, and nobody helped us when I went up to where a crowd of waitresses were standing asking if we could give our order. Waitress ate lunch, took two other orders of people who'd come after us before waiting on us 25 minutes after we'd gotten there. 3. Waitress never brought water or the drink I ordered, and was impossible to flag down. 4. I'm all for a leasurely brunch and all, but we waited a half hour at an empty table for our check, and then I finally went over to where the waitresses were hanging about and asked her for it. 5 minutes later she brought a check with the wrong stuff on it because she couldn't remember what we'd ordered. 5 minutes after that she brought the right check. Amazing. We left NO tip. 5. When I went to pay I bought a dessert cookie to go. The night before I'd bought the same exact thing having the cashier tell me they usually weigh them, but if I just got one or two they'd be 85 cents each. I told the cashier this, and she scoffed and said, "um... yeah, you'll have to wait," clearly thinking I was lying to her. 10 minutes later a busser, despite the fact that she was standing there doing nothing and the bin of cookies was right beside her, got the cookie for me and I paid. NEVER going back. I don't care how good the food was.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2008
I love this cafe. As other reviewers have said, it is a little on the pricey side and quite crowded, but I have always had good service and have always been thrilled with the food. My favorite things are the eggplant and goat cheese sandwich, the chocolate fondue dessert and a vanilla ice cream soda. They also have delicious breakfast items and great coffee. I would recommend going during the week or in the morning. Each time my boyfriend and I go, we share the sandwich (which is essentially TWO sandwiches) and dessert and always walk away insanely full. Give it a shot and decide for yourself.
Posted by Embarrassed and Disappointed on 12/29/2007
Potential landmark cafe sold out and turned into big dissappointment. What was once a cool and trendy hot spot for dessert and coffee back in the late eighties and early nineties has become an outdated, sub par commercialized cattle call. There were video cameras capturing the petrified waitstaffs every move. Not only was I separated from my companions, as some of us finished our dessert and coffee, others were still waiting for their tea to brew. Our hot apple pie ala mode was cold and I was shamefully embarrassed that I recommended Cafe Lalo to my friends. I will not be going back any time soon.