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Posted by Ruffian 42 on 09/06/2010
Let's begin by stating that I'm allergic to nuts and do not eat eggs. Unfortunately, that limits my brunch menu choices at OIBLTIBS to about 3 items. I ordered one of those--the pork and cheese panini. You'd have needed a search party to find the pork so it turned out to be a tasteless grilled cheese sandwich. But that was the only negative. The restaurant is a beautiful and relaxing venue. The service--from the hostess to the waitress and busboys--could not have been better. The starter plate of breads and jam were fresh and delicious. The jazz music was delightful. And I even received a complimentary ice cream dessert. But at $25 per without a drink, there should be a wider variety of menu items from which to choose.
Posted by Jason Blumberg on 08/19/2010
What a disappointing experience! I went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary because of its stellar reputation. We were seated promptly, but what came next was nothing short of a complete debacle. To keep this short, (1) food was mediocre, (2) waiter forgot our entrees and began to serve us dessert after appetizers, (3) service was breathtakingly slow, (4) my parents asked them to offer us a bottle of wine of our choice and they flat out forgot, and (5) we thought the waiter quit at least twice during the service, and we had to go track him down for our bill at the end. This is the most romantic restaurant in the city like Schinder's List turns women on.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2010
I came into the restaurant about 2 hours before my reservation time to talk to the hostess about getting a window seat. It was Wednesday and the place was empty so she said it would be no problem when I came back. When I arrived with my date on time at 8pm she pretended like she didn't know me even though I mentioned our earlier conversation. Then she sat us in the middle of the room. I can understand if they have a policy about not saving tables, but she didn't mention that earlier, made no apology about it when I came back, and pretended to be oblivious. While overpriced, the food and wait service were otherwise great. But why would they put up with staff that treats patrons that way?
Posted by Sharon L on 04/14/2010
I started reading the many mixed reviews and had second thoughts. Had a great experience, the food was supurb and the service friendly and attentive. Be prepared to drop serious coin, however. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by food guy on 04/07/2010
townhouse is gorgeous. had 2 bottles of wine. Beef Wellington tasted like the roastbeef I get at the corner deli. Its a shame that the food was not really good here. I am not unhappy that I went, but will never go back.
Posted by Mr. Bobby on 10/07/2009
Nice setting but the food quality was not what was expected. Rack of Lamb was a bone with 3 pieces of lamb, Give me the Rack.. They seem more into a pretty plate than flavor and quality. Upstairs room a/c unit made noise which took away from atmosphere.
Posted by anonymous on 07/23/2009
We went during July restaurant week and were beyond disappointed. We were seated 30 min after our reservation. To keep people waiting more than 15 min. past their reservation at a fine dining restaurant at least warrants a complimentary drink. Then, the wait for gazpacho was 30 min. The wait for the small sample of tasteless fish was another 25-30 min after we finished the appetizer. The tart mushroom filling had a saltiness better suited for its main job as the flavoring in the beef wellington, rather than moonlighting as our appetizer. Most disappointing was the finish. First, an awkwardly flavored blueberry composition. Then, stale popcorn was sprinkled over a dish we were mistakenly served instead of the nutella dessert we requested. All in all, poor food quality, lengthy wait, and unreasonably small portions make this spot a poor choice. At least their waitstaff was friendly if stingy/inattentive with the bread.