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The Half King
Posted by Rome on 05/11/2011
Burgers are amazing! The specials are always great also!! Brunch is the only thing which could use a little polish, but lunch dinner and a drink are perfect here!
Posted by Chelsea Mom on 06/02/2010
Went to the half King for brunch on a Sunday at 11:30. Waited at the door for several minutes to be seated while various staff members walked through the room without acknowedging us. ( The restaurant was NOT AT ALL ) busy. Only 1 person was seated. Waited a long time to get menus and our order taken. We ordered from the brunch menu which included a complementary bloody mary or mimosa. I didn't expect to be served a cocktail before noon but asked if we could get a cocktail after 12 ( in about 15 minutes) The server said to remind her after 12. The food came quickly and looked good. But when I cut into my eggs benedict, the eggs were competely hard. My husband's salmon burger was very over cooked. While we ate, members of the staff were bickering loudly right by our table.. We tried to order our our drinks at noon, but were told that we had to give the order to our server, ( who we couldn't find). Eventually we gave up and got a check from someone else and paid the full price for the entrees without the drinks. We have eaten at the Half King many times over the years and have really seen the level of service decline. The food is promising; Good ingredients and concepts, but the staff is inattentive.
Posted by John D on 03/30/2010
We did not enjoy ourselves. The staff was rude and the food was sub par. It may be a trickle down effect from upper management, but I will not be going back to this spot
Posted by Anon on 09/13/2009
Terrific food!! Not cheap but not out of the ballpark either...
Posted by Literary Bug on 03/17/2009
I was surprised to see some of the recent negative reviews here. I have been coming to Half King for the past ten years, and I have never been disappointed. The food is far and above any other pub food I've ever had. It's far more inventive, healthy and delicious. I love that they use local and organic ingredients. The bartenders and waitstaff are attentive without being annoying. The readings are a wonderful plus. And I love the revolving art. The atmosphere is warm and rustic. It's also nice to utilize the outdoor garden space in the back during the summer. What's not to like?
Posted by Full King on 09/24/2008
You need to fire your entire wait staff and start over...including your bartenders if you hope to keep your restaurant. They're all angry losers with an attitude and nobody likes them. We will not be venturing back to your restaurant anytime soon. As a matter of fact...what we saw in your restaurant and the energy we felt, we don't think your restaurant is going to be open much longer. We give you a year...TOPS!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2008
We've gone to Half King for a late dinner every few weeks for several years. Service hasn't been perfect and the kitchen occasionally screws up, but really it's been reliable and good if not cheap. We went there last Wednesday and were extremely disappointed. The first sign something had changed was a reformatted menu, though most of the same items were there. The next was when our beers arrived we hadn't asked for "small glasses" but that's what we got, those sleazy 12oz "small pint" glasses that are made to look like pints but contain less beer. Now, I didn't expressly order "a pint of guinness" but then again I didn't order a half glass of beer either, and I paid the same price I paid two weeks earlier at the same place for an actual pint. When our food arrived, the same thing had happened the hamburger patties and even the rolls were miniaturized compared to prior visits and the plates had been piled high with extra fries (cheap saves the kitchen money compared to meat!) to try to hide this. I guess they haven't bought new smaller plates yet. We won't be back any time soon. We would gladly have paid an extra couple of bucks even over Half King's already high prices for the normal size drinks and entrees we expected. I wonder if there's been a change in management if so, it's very much for the worse.