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Sascha's in Baltimore = Terrible

I started this thread partly to warn people, but also to ask if anyone has had a similar experience at Sascha's on North Charles. I eat out very often, and haven't had an experience quite like this one in a long time. First, I'll mention two good things going for the restaurant.

1) The parking lot across the street, though the entrance to Ixia is closer, and I should have run to it.
2) Moderate prices.

This past weekend, my date and I went to have dinner at Sascha's, arrived a few minutes early and chose to have a drink at the bar as we waited. So far so good. After being seated by the hostess, we sat there for about 10 minutes before we were even acknowledged by anyone. We watched the hostess prepare breadstick vases for other patrons and for the empty tables, and not until I flagged her down did she give us one. At about this same time, our waitress appeared from the depths of the kitchen area, walked by our table and said "sorry, I didn't know you were here; I'll be right over." At this point, I am willing to forgive and forget (sometimes things get hectic), but then she comes over and says, "so do you know what you want." Stunned by her lack of hospitality and lack of a simple greeting, we order, and unfortunately the night continued along the same lines. I won't complain about my filet, because it only cost $21, but I have never seen a filet with a burnt, crispy top - interesting to say the least. And for dessert, my waitress recommended the banana tart, though she came back to the table and said she didn't even have it; instead, she brought us a chocolate creme brulee. This proved to be the funniest part of the night. When I took my spoon to crack the sugar crust, a la Amelie, my spoon sank into the dessert. Flustered, I lifted the spoon back up, and a sticky, flimsy crust came up with it, in a shape of a used tissue. One word - nasty.

So, that was my night. I don't think I'll ever be dining on that side of North Charles again. The wine was great, though.

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  1. YES!
    My experience was different... my cousin used them for catering for her wedding in 2004 and since then, I've never even bothered with them. I love IXIA...and its a far better experience all around.

    The food at my cousins wedding was cold and subpar. The bride and groom had lobster... which arrived at the table...RAW.

    need i say more?

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    1. re: MegMD

      What are the prices at Ixia like? They don't list them on the web site.

      1. re: Joanie

        prices are typical 25-35 an entree.... i am estimating
        i know the martini list pretty well :) ...they make a really nice martini.....and the waiters are cute too! martinis are high... 10-15 dollars.

        the atmosphere of IXIA i think is worth it... very lovely.

        1. re: 180hearted

          It closed about a month ago, but the post you're responding to is more than 2 years old.

      2. I went once about 5 years ago after a friend raved and raved about it. The food was nothing special, and I've never been back. There are too many good places in Mt. Vernon to frequent to waste my time giving them another chance. Glad to know I haven't been missing anything.

        1. Oh yes... I had risotto there once that was unbelievable. Like Minute Rice that someone had left on the stove for two hours. A big ball of paste with very little flavor. Haven't been back since.

          1. I had a decent salad there a few months ago, and no one at the table complained about anything they had, but... most of my tablemates were so enthralled with a dreamy waiter (not even our server!) that they could have served cold porridge and there wouldn't have been a problem.

            1. I've eaten there a few times in the past couple of months and liked what I had.

              1. Wow, I've only been twice, but the last time my husband got a special of three sausages that was just really unbelievably good. We showed up at like 10pm and the service was great, everyone was really nice and helpful.

                1. Has anyone been more recently?

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                  1. re: asiege2

                    I went for restaurant week in July 2008. I've been to Sascha's ~1yr ago and they've definitely improved since then. Our food was delightful. A roasted garlic appetizer was well made, a scallop and parmasean grits dish was so tasty. My fiance had a filet that was perfectly done. For dessert, bread pudding ended the night right. As previously stated, they have a wonderful wine list. I encourge everyone to give Sascha's another try...it'll be worth it.

                  2. First of all, it's amazing that a google search on July 26, 2009 returns a Chowhound customer review more than 2 and 1/2 years old. But, should other googlers of Sascha's receive a similar fate, let me just say, Sascha's is my favorite restaurant, and I've lived in Baltimore since '83, and have eaten at the vast majority of restaurants around the city. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere at Sascha's is among the best in the city - warm, stylish, dimly lit. A romantic place to be sure. Sit at the bar with your date, and order your dinner there, would be my suggestion. And disregard KeyserSoze. Was it true 2 and 1/2 years ago? No idea. Not true now.