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Beer Bistro Review & Tipping Question (long)

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After all the great reviews on Beer Bistro that I had read I decided that I had to try it out for myself.

My boyfriend and I went for dinner at 6:30. The menu looks great with many very tempting items. Due to all the great things people say about the frites both of us decided to have the Steak and Frites. Neither of us were straving so we didn't bother with apps.

Then after ordering our steak we sat there for over an hour. The server showed up once in that hour to ask if I wanted more pop, completely ignoring my boyfriend to see if he wanted more beer. After over an hour we had the chef show up at our table to explain that there had been a mistake and our order had been lost and was never cooked. From that point on the chef served us for the rest of the evening. Bringing over two free apps, the smoked kobe beef taco's and bbq pulled pork pizza. The taco's were ok. The pizza I found to be great. The blending of flavours was amazing and I loved the smoked flavour that came through.

The chef also brought over a beer for my BF and I to try. I informed the chef that I don't drink beer, so he asked if I would try a strawberry beer. This beer was the highlight of my evening. I have finally found a beer that I like. I am sure it is a beer that most beer drinkers would turn their nose up at but I loved the sweet taste.

Are steaks were cooked perfect and yes the fries are wonderful. I loved the homemade smoked ketchup and I generally don't eat ketchup. Then for desert the chef brought us each a dessert platter. I don't know what all was on the plate but I know they were all great with my favorite being the sorbet made out of the beer that I was drinking.

In the end we were at the restaurant for 3 hours and ended up with an amazing meal all served by the chef which was a great touch. I would go back in a second.

Here is my question ... the server was not really that great. She avoided us for the most part. Never made mention of the fact that we waited so long for our food or that our order was lost. The chef was the one who served us, so she only ended up clearing our plates.

I thought that since the chef went above and beyond to make everything right we needed to tip the server accordingly even though she didn't really do anything. My BF disagreed because we did not receive very good service from her. What does everyone else think??

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          1. I probably would've left a little tip, but nothing big, since all in all she wasn't a good server... but I'm a pushover.
            The only thing I would really do is tell the chef how great he was, how he made your night and you plan to come back.

            p.s. You probably had Fruli strawberry beer, which is one of my favourite beers.