We joined a few friends for dinner at Garibaldi's Cafe the other night. Since there were eight of us, we were escorted to a table upstairs. Much of the downstairs area seemed to be smaller, more intimate tables for two or four.
|upstairs dining room. photo courtesy of garibaldi's|
The first thing I noticed, after the high ceilings and beautiful chandelier, was the noise. The room was very loud, making it difficult for us to hear our server tell us about the specials.
The night we chose to attend was part of Savannah Restaurant Week. During this time a three-course, prix-fixe meal is offered for diners to try. Several of our group chose not to participate.
Two, including my husband did order from the special menu. They chose Lamb Lasagne, reporting it to be delicious and meaty. I decided to go with the veal piccata, substituting the roasted potatoes for the parmesan risotto... big mistake. I should have stuck with the potatoes.
The piccata was delicious, but the risotto suspiciously resembled long grain rice. It had no bite and no flavor on it's own, unlike starchy, short-grained arborio which has a chewy texture and gets it's rich flavor from being simmered in stock.
My main disappointment was the service. After waiting for quite a long time, they brought only six entrees to the table, omitting two... mine and the birthday boy's.
Our server profusely apologized. He should have stopped there. He went on to explain in great detail that the mistake wasn't his fault. Ugh. How awkward.
Someone with some sort of authority stopped by to apologize again and offer to pay for my dinner. With the noise level still high, I simply nodded my head, resigned to finish the evening quickly. They offered a complimentary dessert to me, but snubbed the birthday boy altogether.
To be a fair reviewer, I guess I'll need to dine at this establishment again. In order to compare the visits, I'll most likely go in a smaller group and attempt to sit downstairs. I'll let you know how it goes.