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Posted by Sim on 06/23/2006
The restaurant looks very old fashioned and sitting tends to be very tight, but cozy and can offer some privacy if you get a booth window seating. The service is not the best, but it depends on the waiter you have. The water that was served had bits of something in them. We asked for fresh water, and the waiter gave us dirty look. New water was brought out, but we noticed the same dark substance was still in the water. Food was good, although pricing is a bit high. Expect to pay $17 or more per plate. After finish eating and the waiter had taken our plates, we had to wait some 10 minutes before the waiter came by again. He finally brought our bill only after asking. The bill was about $150, which is about $100 more than our group spent. Turns out the bill was wrong. After leaving a low tip and leaving the restaurant, the waiter came out and stopped me and was appalled that I had left a low tip. When asked why, I said poor service and the man became angry. Overall, not the best experience. Food was tasty. The atmosphere was very old style with a musky true out-of-this-country flavor, with poor service.
Posted by PhishyEel on 06/19/2006
The place was empty, but the host seemed annoyed that our party of two hadn't made reservations. Our waiter was more than a little stand-offish while he was very warm and friendly to an obvious neighborhood regular. Cheese was spilled by the waiter all over my arm and table and no one offered to clean it up. But the food negated the lackluster service. The portions are HUGE and the food was absolutely delicious. Decor is sweet and the atmosphere is cozy.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/10/2006
I went to this restaurant three times already even though I don't live in this neighborhood. Great place. The food is unbeleivable and makes you forget the service that is not always in its finest.
Posted by Kurt and Kim on 10/18/2005
We eat at "The Isle" about once a week as close neighbors and have never had a bad meal. The special touch that the staff provides truly give an "Old World " feel, from the wonderful fresh vegetables to the delightful sauces, both red and white. Our favorites are the Oso Bucco, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Milanese, Dover Sole, and Caprese Salad- the variety a certain testament to the breadth of the menu. You could go every day and never be tired of the cuisine. Aand it's all topped off with the complimentary shot of Limoncello or fruit schnapps that are a perfect finish to the meal. A truly "Old World" special place that has stood the test of time and will likely continue to do so for some time to come.
Posted by Kherlihy on 07/07/2005
I went here with a friend around 6:30 PM in early June. We got a window seat, the head waiter came by and I got the distinct impression that he was being congenial without really listening. When the wine we asked for was not available he suggested another, no price hike, he did the usual side show of removing the cork while I picked up the wine glass....it was quite HOT, like I could barely touch it, I repeated this several times, he jabbered on, I lifted the glass to show him that he was pouring chilled wine into a very hot glass...he poured wine all over my hand. We didn't see much of him after that...just the staff kid with the rolls and water.
Posted by Trammel on 04/28/2005
Been there twice for business lunch & dinner. Food is 'ok', but if I was not on expense account, I'd think twice. Overpriced for what you get.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2005
Terrific food and great service. If you let them, they'll prepare "whatever you're in the mood for" and serve the table alike. The Straw and Hay is great along with whatever other pasta they choose and divide as appetizers for your party. The atmosphere is so comfortable and the wait staff liven it up and make sure everyone has a good time. Really fun.