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Sibling Rivalry- Bad Food!

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Mill Jun 1, 2005 09:22 PM

Tried Sibling Rivalry tonight. Found the special steak dish WAY too salty and overcooked. They were out of our favorite wine. Service was OK, though I felt rushed at times. I think are many better options in the area.

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    BackBayGirl Aug 15, 2007 10:38 AM

    I went to Sibling Rivalry for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I thought that it was expensive for what you were getting. I didn't find the food to be stellar at all. I could have gone elsewhere and had a better meal and spent a lot less.

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      SouthEndGirl4 Aug 15, 2007 07:19 PM

      I tried to go to Sibling Rivalry about 2 months ago with 3 friends. We had an 8:30 reservation. We were all arriving separately. Three of us were there a little early and we checked in but they asked us to wait for the rest of our party. She arrived by 8:40, having gotten a bit lost. We then went in and were told our table wasn't ready yet but we could wait at the bar. It was quite crowded, as to be expeced on a Friday night, but not particularly uncomfortable. We got drinks but were standing. When no one had approached us about our table, we checked in with the hostess at about 9:00. Our table was still not available. Same story at 9:15, and by this time it was getting a bit annoying. I don't mind waiting if I'm walking in, but 45 minutes when I had a reservation is not ok. The hostess said that they would make it up to us, but we ended up leaving at 9:30 when they were still unable to seat us.

    2. almansa Aug 15, 2007 09:57 AM

      Some time ago I went with my wife, my 5 year-old son and my infant son. It was 2PM and the restaurant closed for lunch service at 2:30. We were taken to a booth where it turned out that our infant carrier would not fit. We were not offerred a new table (in the empty restaurant), so we reseated ourselves. The food was fine - unremarkable - but when it came time for dessert, we were simply given our check. As any parent knows, this can be a very bad thing. Naturally we had used the promise of dessert (or the threat of no dessert) as leverage throughout the meal, and in this we were quite successful. Our son had proudly earned dessert. No such luck... we had been abandoned by Sibling Rivalry. They couldn't be bothered to have their final and only table spend 10 more minutes there. We will not return, and this saddens me. Twenty some years ago I worked for Bob Kinkead as a line cook at 21 Federal, and I have many fond memories. Oh well.

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        robwat36 Aug 15, 2007 10:36 AM

        It looks and feels like a Ramada Inn inside.

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        loulou1 Aug 15, 2007 09:27 AM

        I recently had a meal at Sibling Rivalry. Can I just say the Worst Meal, I have ever experienced. I truly believe that the fish was bad, I continued to eat it to wind up in the hospital late that night. I called to complain and they just wouldn't hear of it. They tried telling me that I had the flu. That is very unacceptable. I was shocked.
        Don't bother to go, unless you have a stomach of Steel... And the service was just ok, really rushed

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          RichardA Aug 15, 2007 09:36 AM

          I recently posted on my RW experiences at Sibling Rivalry and had a very enjoyable meal. Service was also excellent.

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          markdanielsnyder Dec 9, 2006 03:04 PM

          I had a horrific experience there as a vegetarian. At the time, not sure if it is still like this, they did not offer 2 vegetarian entrees and compete among siblings like they did for all of the meat entrees. Instead I got a plate of steamed vegetables. Nothing else. No pasta, no rice, nothing but steamed vegetables for like 25 bux. Give me a breat! A true chef can whip up a gorgeous vegetarian entree.

          1. MC Slim JB Dec 6, 2006 05:11 PM

            I tend to agree with a lot of posters here: the food is very nice, but the overall experience -- ugly decor, inconsistent service, bad bartending -- doesn't justify prices in the low teens for apps and high twenties for entrees. Grazing on side dishes and apps is the way to go here, in my view.

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              CatalinaCupcake Dec 6, 2006 05:09 PM

              As a P.S. I used to live in DC and Kinkead's was one of THE MOST overrated restaurants in the city. It was even in a strip mall.

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                CambridgeFoodie Aug 15, 2007 10:37 AM

                Kinkeads was not really in a strip mall in DC. It's in a nice enclosed mall in the center of Washington. I used to frequent Kinkeads all of the time and enjoyed every meal.

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                CatalinaCupcake Dec 6, 2006 05:08 PM

                I think its overrated, like lots of places it tries to do something snazzy with the decor (which ended up being ugly, i think) and lacks on food. the idea is too cute for me, doesn't come through..... totally overpriced, and i normally dont really even pay attention to that

                1. tatamagouche Dec 6, 2006 02:23 PM

                  I'm with you, twentyoystahs. I actually think it's underrated--overpriced, perhaps, but that's nothing new. I disagree that David Kinkead can't cook--he's been solid since KingFish Hall, and Robert Kinkead's talent is a moot point anyway since my understanding is he just writes his side of the menu, while actually spending his time in his restaurant in DC. I've had memorable soups, tartares and dessert samplers there.

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                    Chaumiere Dec 6, 2006 12:32 AM

                    I've been there twice and have had bad food expereinces both times, ordering from either side of the menu. I don't think either of them can cook. It's obviously a concierge favorite, both times I was there it was full of tourists.

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                      twentyoystahs Dec 6, 2006 12:16 AM

                      I think it's definitely worth a visit. I posted on this recently. I always thought it seemed a bit pricey and perhaps overrated, but I had a really magnificent meal there a few weeks ago. We sat at the bar, and shared the an app of the pumpkin ravoili and the ribeye entreee. Service was great, food was delicious, drinks were good. We walked out of there for around $65 before tip. We were pleasantly full. I'd definitely return.

                      1. Sgt Snackers Dec 5, 2006 09:58 PM

                        Only been there once, for dessert actually, and was totally turned off by the atmosphere, haughty service, and overpriced poorly-made cocktails. Someone tell me whether it's really worth going back for dinner sometime; with so many other interesting options in the area it's fallen close to the bottom of the list.

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                          YUMYUMGUY Dec 5, 2006 03:25 PM

                          Sibling Rivalry::::::::::
                          Bad food! Maybe you had a bad hair day along with bad food day. The food selection is incredible--something for everybody. The wait staff is cheerful and accommodating. Unusual drinks are rare finds, and delightful. Their pricing is in line with other "high-end" spots, but for a once-in-awhile treat. Mmmmmmm, why not!

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