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The Stanton Social
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2007
There is a little too much attitude and arrogance at the Stanton Social. From the hostess to the bartender and wait staff no one seemed to really care about your dining experience. The “sexy” bartender certainly took his time before approaching anyone in our party for drinks, and our waiter occasionally glanced our way throughout the entirety of the evening. The menu was very good however and the food was delicious. I would only pay this restaurant one visit.
Posted by mengels on 12/07/2006
Six of us went there on a Tuesday night and the place was busy, which was a good sign...That right there was the best part of the experience. The food was actually decent. I can not complain too much about that. It was pricey with small portions, but that is to be expected at a place like this. With that being said, it was still not a very good value. The biggest problem was the service. Service was painfully slow. I should have ordered 2 drinks at a time to make up for it. If they are that slow on a Tuesday, I can't imagine how slow the service is on the weekend. Also, the staff was rude. It was like they were trying to rush you out of there so they could flip the table. I felt like I was having lunch at a Chinese Restaurant. Basically, the waitress placed the bill on the table without asking if we would like anything else. A few minutes later, she picked up the bill (we had not even looked at it yet) and was acting like she thought we had taken care of it, a strategic "nudge" to get us out of there. It was like this restaurant thinks everyone is stupid and plays little games like that. They proabably train their wait staff to use such tactics. Of our group, my girlfriend and I spent $100 on 5 drinks and 3 appetizers. We were so unsatisfied, after we left, we wound up eating dinner somewhere else @ 10:30pm. I would not go back. Two thumbs down! Actually, four thumbs down, 2 from my girlfriend as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2006
Great food - though on the pricey side. Favorite dishes: chicken mole taquitos, kobe beef burgers, herb frites, ravioli...Dishes to avoid: Chicken spring rolles and duck empananda's. Good wine list, great atmosphere, good service...don't miss...
Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2006
The last time I consulted with my 2006 American Etiquette guide, I read that it is proper to tip anywhere between 15 and 20% of the bill depending upon how happy and satisfied you were with your table service. Being that our service was so-so and our waiter talked down to us as if we were teeny boppers who somehow stumbled into the place on mistake, my party agreed that we would leave somewhere in the middle of the tipping percentage range. So when the manager came over to our table to ask us if there were any problems with the service, rather than killing the mood of our night, we said that service was good. That's when the so-called manager said to my party, "Well, if you were happy with our service tonight, we think its customary here to tip 20% of the bill" This coming from the manager of the place? Shocked and appauled by her words, we promptly left. What ever happened to hospitality and customer satisfaction? Did it get lost inside one of the French Onion Soup Dumplings?
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2006
I went recently with 5 friends, our waiter was amazing. He made sure we had 6 of everything to try, told us what his favorites were, advised us on our choices, didn't interrupt our conversation but was always there when we needed something! The food was great-- The Butternut ravioli was outstanding. The French Onion dumplings were so good (the entire place smells like the cheese that tops it), the lobster rolls and kobe burgers... yum! The drinks were different in a good way. A little pricey, but perfect for a special occasion.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2006
I really enjoyed the food here and the atmosphere is very nice. Everything we had here was delicious - kobe burgers, herb frites, meatballs, ravioli was excellent as well...the only thing I would get are the spring rolls. Dessert was good as well - tried the cholocate tasting, donuts good too though not phenemonal. A place to go with a group of friends and share plates.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/28/2006
Went here over the weekend for the first time with a group of 5; and found it to be a beautiful if overcrowded space; with diners and upstairs patrons low-shouting to hear each other over the bit too loud music. Overall though a good experience; especially after escaping the chaotic upstairs bar area and settling into a cozy banquette! We ordered about 12 dishes in total (including second rounds of amazing pierogies and red snapper tacos) and all the dishes were good to very good. The big hits were the french onion soup dumplings, Kobe Burgers and the best Pork Tenderloin (with spicy caramel sauce) that I have ever had. Everything else (grilled pizzas, chipotle shrimp, squid lettuce wraps) were received well by everyone at the table-solid if unspectacular. Donuts for dessert however were better than the hype! Amazing, light and spot on delicious. 2 bottles of wine and a round of cocktails and the bill came to $305 for the 5 of us, or about $60 head. Service was spotty but always pleasant. I would go back, but maybe not on a Saturday night.