Enjoyable. Woman at the door not so friendly but everyone else there was nice. Owner (or manager?) did come to see if we needed anything else at the end of our meal. Large portions for sharing - so food/value was equal. Actually was a little cheaper than other restaurants in row. Would go back again. Tight seating and moving of tables duing dinner.
Brindisi: The Best in Belden Lane.
The Bartender made amazing drinks for us and and a host, named Antonio, couldn't do more to make us feel welcome and at ease.
I've been here a few times but this place has DEFINITELY improved in service and food quality from just six months ago. I hear the Chef is formerly of Tiramisu-- same food without all of the pomposity!
Food is no longer a seafood only restaurant-- better variety of dishes now. Service is much crisper, better than before as I believe they have new management (maybe a new Chef helps too?). The prices are no longer skyscraping the four star restaurants, but still could be tweaked to be made more affordable. The heated lamps outside and the cozy dining room on the inside make this a good romantic place to take a date on a non-weekend night.
talk to the hand (literally!) service.
The food at Brindisi is good, particularly the fried calamari appetizer, the baked seafood canneloni, and the meat tortellini. The atmosphere, with exposed brick, is also quite nice.
However, the service is terrible. We asked a waiter what the delicious-looking dish was one table over and he gave us the hand. Literally. Palm out, towards our faces. It was so ridiculous that we thought no one could be that rude and that we'd misunderstood. We gave him the benefit of the doubt and decided that his hand meant "wait" but he never circled back with us. It was him really giving us the hand! It took about 30 minutes before someone else took our order after that.
Even though the food and atmosphere were good, I don't recommend this place. They act like they're doing you a favor by serving you and taking your money.
Flavorful food, fun atmosphere. Great place for cocktails,very good wines and really flavorful food to share. Tapas style dining allows you try more items on the menu. The seafood is really fresh, the oysters are melt in your mouth good, the pizzas are fun too. The seabass is always excellent, Try the taglioni pasta it's got a spicy kick, and the mixed grilled seafood with cous cous. Antonio is always a wonderful host They have heat lamps for their outdoor seating.
User review by mwmiao. Ordered the "pasta of the day" for lunch, which was gnocchetti with tuna, tomatoes, and green beans, but was served the squid ink pasta. They insisted twice that they had 2 pasta specials, but the printed menu only listed the one and the blackboard also only listed one. Since it took quite a while to get the food (they were at most only 1/2 full), I decided to just keep the squid ink pasta (my second choice, anyways); however, 10 minutes later, they whisk away my partially eaten pasta and present me with the gnochetti telling me that they wanted me to be "happy". No wonder they were the only restaurant on Belden that had a lot of empty tables!
Average food served by poorly organized staff.
Hostess took her sweet time bringing menus, though we made a point to come after lunch rush. Then she told us we had the wrong menus, and we waited longer to get new, abridged menus. When we ordered, we found out what we wanted was sold out!
Meanwhile, they only brought water. Bread was not brought out until AFTER we ordered. Olive oil for dipping did not arrive until much later. Cheese plates were brought instead of salads. What's unacceptable is the lack of training and disorganization which results in the awful service.
I'd forgive all this if the host or hostess would take responsibility for this, but the hostess ran around like a hyperkinetic chicken and the host was more interested in flirting with some Italian model-looking chick who was on her lunch break from a different restaurant.
This place should just shut down.
Urbane, romantic Italian spot adds even more Euro-style charm to Belden Place..
High ceilings, exposed brick and a chic little bar evoke a loft-like modernity, while antique sconces, cozy striped banquettes and a deep-red wall create intimacy. The waitstaff balances formality and friendliness with grace, creating a clubby feel that makes this a great date place.
Designed for sharing, the well-priced menu offers intriguing Adriatic takes on the usual Mediterranean fare in portions that won't overwhelm. Superb, super-tender fried calamari is simply accented with just parsley and a wedge of lemon. Three seared day boat scallops come atop a fresh-tasting fava bean puree. Breadcrumbs make an unusual appearance coating excellent homemade orecchiette pasta with assertive broccoli rabe, garlic and anchovy--it's a rustic revelation. A simple seared sea bass is complemented by black-olive paste and caramelized tomatoes. Save room for an ethereally eggy creme caramel or profiteroles draped in dark-chocolate sauce.
Definitely not recommended.
On a warm night it was the only restaurant on Belden Lane that I had a table available outside. Now I know why - I should have read the other reviews before!
The plates are expensive for what they are (small). The gnocchi with prawns were particularly disappointing, lacking flavor and prawns!
Cucina di Ripoff.
We had an awful experience at this restaurant. The prices are outrageous. We paid (without knowing beforehand) $50 for a dozen of the smallest oysters I have ever seen. Even the shells were small with hardly anything in them. Thats $50 (fifty dollars) for 12 (twelve) "half" oysters!
The entrees were dissapointing to say the least. Very plain food with tiny portions. Even the side dishes, the fillers were 1-2 bites worth of food. This place is a phony tourist trap and I (we) will never go back.
Absolutely Terrible...What a Joke.
I can't understand how entrepanuers can spend the money and time to open a restaurant and then alienate groups of people at a time with lousy service, terrible food, insulting portions, leaving diners hungry and wishing they had stayed home. How long can they do this, how long will it last?
This restaurant serves miniscule portions (entrees) of uninspired very plain food of the likes you could get in a diner (or I should say not as good as most diners) The prices are atrocious for what you get. Its one of those places that wants to be in the "nice restaurant" category but doesn't have a clue. STAY AWAY
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