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Posted by roger on 01/19/2013
i'm the type that wants to try every restaurant and rarely goes to the same place twice. i keep coming back to sweetwater. good vibes, garlic, black pepper, and good wine are my favorites, and sweetwater delivers. get the burger, hanger steak, mussels (or anything, really) and go to the kitchen and say hello.
Posted by BkVin on 06/08/2012
What a let down I've been here on and off for years. Last two times have just been subpar, my burger, which they are known for, was clearly microwaved, soggy fries, it was just unappetizing. The staff and atmosphere were as usual nice but it's too bad I'll never go back again.
Posted by anonymous on 04/22/2010
I was a big fan of Sweetwater when I found about it 4 years ago. It was my favorite place so I'm sad to say its gotten worse. The service is ok, the cocktails are usually bad, the menu needs some changes and the decor needs a redo. They can't keep slipping when there are SO MANY great restaurants around! The last time I went, my friend found a piece of glass in his steak. They comped his meal and gave us a a free crappy desert. The owner was sitting right next to us at the bar and was too cool to acknowledge the situation. Sweetwater is really slipping.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2008
The food is delicious, but the service is poor. All the waitresses were clearly hired for their looks and not their ability. I've been here more than once because of the great food (nice brunch), but I am always frustrated by the wait staff. I understand if it's busy you have to wait a bit longer to get your food, however, on a slow Sunday my friends and I waited more than fifteen minutes before anyone came to our table, and then another half an hour for coffee, which we finally got after our food. We received milk for our coffee after it was cold and when we asked for it a second time, the waitress seemed annoyed. I still tip nicely because I know how a restaurant works and know that waiters have to tip out others, so I can't take my anger out on the waitress that way, since it doesn't seem fair. I only vent my frustration here in hopes that the owner, manager, who ever, will do something about it, because I truly love the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/18/2008
I've had almost every item on the menu as well as countless specials, and I've never been disappointed. The food is rich and flavorful, and always done just right. The service has always been excellent when I've gone, even though I'm not chummy with any of the servers. They are attentive, but not overbearing. The patio is really nice if the weather is right. The portions are on the small side, but it's more than enough if you eat all your veggies. (I love the haricots vert) Besides, you'll want to save room for the banafi cake, which is sublime. And there is a bartender there who looks exactly like Katherine Heigl. Exactly. So it's got that going for it, too.
Posted by marlow tiger on 05/26/2008
I've been a regular for years, and the food has changed, but stayed pretty consistent. of note are the fried calamari, meats are their strong point: burgers, hanger steak, pork tenderloin. brunches are pretty light. great outdoor garden. However, service isn't their strong point. i'm getting pretty tired of the "owner" and his manners. he should be running a club not a restaurant. my husband and i came in waiting to be seated, when a couple of tarts hobbled up. the owner sat them first and completely ignored us. if you can stomach watching him flutter about chatting up young chicks, your girlfriend or wife and can stand his dismissive attitude toward other customers then Sweetwater would be the perfect place to bring your hot date. what has become of a neighborhood when regulars don't count anymore?
Posted by Greenpointer on 12/29/2007
Just went here last night with my parents and a friend--we got there after a broadway show around midnight and they were still serving food and the place, while not packed, was still active. They were out of the 2 fish dishes, not surprising for a friday night, and had plenty to chose from. I've been here several times and have never been disappointed with the food--always fresh, delicious, balanced with good flavors. Sometimes a bit salty but they're great with special requests--my friend can't eat dairy products and they made her spinach without butter. The 3-cheese gnocchi with truffle oil was deliciously rich. The winelist is brief but great. It's not cheap but not ridiculous and I love the atmosphere--great outdoor seating in the summer. And open late! Love it.