New Year's problems At Simon LA
Been meaning to post this for a few days now. We wound up having a good time there, but there were some MAJOR issues. Price was $125 a head, and we had a TON of food, but our waitress seemed to have a chip on her shoulder about having to work on midnight. Two of the people in our party were kosher, and when they tried to order the tuna dynamite w/o crab, were told "that's probably not a good idea". they wound up accomodating, but it was still annoying.
even though the first few courses came out in a timely fashion, we had to wait FOREVER for our entrees. We had a 9:30 reservation, and the main courses didn't come out until after midnight. I ordered my steak medium rare and it came out completely bloody. Took five minutes to track the waitress down, and then another ten for them to send out the new steak, and when it finally came it was about half the size of the first one. The only thing that the waitress did to apologize was keep pouring us champagne. Which actually did help a little once we saw the final bill.
They also added an automatic 18% tip, which I thought was pretty obnoxious considering how slow the service was.
Like I said, we had a good time, but I'm not gonna rush back there anytime soon.
Haven't been, but don't judge any restaurant by NYE - its probably the worst night of the year to dine out.
Other nights I'd avoid "judging" restaurants:
Mother's Day - esp. brunch
Any major holiday ie. thanksgiving, xmas. Generally, it's the second string staff.
I still enjoy dining out on some of these holidays, but I've learned to really lower my expectations.
Happy New Year!