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Posted by anonymous on 10/22/2009
I went there for dinner on the night of my bachelorette party with 5 of my friends on 10/16/09 Friday. I have always been a fan of their food and have been here before a bunch of times, as well as their other locations. We were enjoying the food, our waitress was great and we were having a wonderful time. Until some man rudely interruped us without identifying himself or even an "excuse me"... Abruptly, he yelled, "Look, ladies, I have a waiting list thing going on and need to get out." ?! We were so stunned at his rudeness that we were speechless for good 30 seconds. What a rude, horrible man. If it wasn't for him, the service would have been top-notch, but he just ruined everything. My friends and I all wanted to argue, but since it was my special day, we took a deep breath and let it go... Even though I love this restaurant, I will not go back until they get a new manager.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2009
Love this location. Great, laid back environment. Food is very good and a decent quantity. Drinks a tad pricey but a great place overall!!
Posted by anonymous on 07/19/2009
had dinner there last night. food was fine. we had paid our check ($200 + for 3 of us) and left a 20% tip. one friend was finishing her cocktail and my other friend asked the waiter for a glass of water. his response: "i have to check with my manager." uh...what? he actually went and talked to his manager before the manager brought over a glass of water. then a few minutes later they started resetting the table while we were still sitting there. it was 10:40pm - open tables in the restaurant, nobody waiting for a table. seriously awful services. besides that, the waiter didn't take our food order until 10 minutes after we finished our appetizers. seriously awful service. skip it.
Posted by good food, rushed service on 05/02/2009
We went on Saturday night and the food was quite good. The space is beautiful. The service is rushed. The waitress kept coming up and the mains came with plates still on the table. The clientele is total B+T. Which might explain the rushed service. Would go another time but never on the weekend. Had some crostini's which were very good and then we both had fish dishes. Wel cooked, well seasoned and quite enjoyable. Wine list is reasonable but small. No go all out wines on the list but a bunch of nice drinkable stuff. One odd thing, since both of our main dishes were cooked with figs, we really weren't in the mood for dessert. So we passed.
Posted by never again on 03/11/2009
don't go here. 1. service: awful. even with reservations, we had more than an hour wait before being seated. 2. food: average. the cheese plate was meager. the mediterranean tasting plate was something i could have made. lamb was tough. skip dessert--sub par. the olive oils are the best part but the bread is bad. 3. value: none. the mediterranean tasting plate will not fill a grown man. 4. atmosphere: the place is big but the seating is cramped and the music is intolerable. you will not be able to hear your table mates.
Posted by anonymous on 02/15/2009
I have been dying to eat at Fig and Olive for months...so my boyfriend made a reservation there for 9:30. on VALENTINES DAY. We walked in (on time) and noticed that there were at least 50 people standing around-most of them looked angry and impatient. As we approached the host, one patron was screaming at the manager-making a total scene. With that, we learned that the restaurant was way overbooked and people had been waiting an hour (plus) to be seated, When we asked how long it would be...they said 20 minutes. False! As we were waiting, the staff wasnt even apologetic. They didnt offer us drinks or appetizers-instead they were actually rude. At 11 o'clock...we still weren't seated-so we left.
Posted by Sarah on 02/09/2009
As an olive oil lover, I was looking forward to dining at Fig & Olive. However, upon walking into this giant meatpacking-district restaurant, my gut told me to turn and run. I immediately panicked that 1) there was no way such a large establishment could produce consistently good food and 2) the mass of cheesy patrons waiting for tables (slicked back hair and black shirt/white tie combos) indicated that food was not a priority. The hostess asked if we wanted to check our coats and when we replied affirmatively, she directed us to the closet instead of taking them herself (there were 3 people standing idly at the hostess podium). The restaurant is large and open with understated decor. The walls are lined with white canvas banquettes, which, while comfortable, are a poor choice in terms of both appropriateness (better suited for the Hamptons) and practicality (scuff marks abound). After settling into our prime corner table, we eagerly dove into a tasting plate of the restaurant's famed olive oil. While the oil was good, I can only describe the bread that accompanied it as "Wonder bread disguised in baguette form." For the life of me, I cannot understand why a restaurant that touts (and sells) its olive oil would ever ruin it with such inferior bread. Hoping for redemption (i.e. thicker, crustier bread) we ordered an assortment of crostini (manchego/fig, prosciutto/fig, shrimp/avocado, salmon/ricotta). Our hearts sank as they arrived on the same Wonder bread, which, when toasted, assumed the taste and consistency of Melba toast. The toppings were mediocre and lacked any outstanding flavor, balance or originality (the fig spread overwhelmed and the salmon was bland at best)...