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May 14, 2007 10:36 AM

Bacchus on Atlantic has gone downhill.

We used to go to Bacchus for a reliable meal in their beautiful garden. Since the weather got nice, we decided to go again (haven't been in a year). What a dissapointment.

The service:

Our waitress messed up every single thing she possibly could, brought a wrong appetizer, brought my wine after the appetizer and after me reminding her twice, and forgot to bring the dessert with the coffee.

The food:

While both of our appetizers were great (the escargot is delicious), my steak was absolutely terrible, cooked to medium it felt like a piece of rubber.

What happened to that place? If my wife and I were not in an implacably great mood, we could've had our evening ruined.

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  1. Been going there since they opened and always found both food and service to be inconsistent, moreso on the service end.

    1. I never knew them to be on a hill at all to be considered going downhill.
      Were they ever good?

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      1. re: Larry Brooks

        always found the service lacking. chalked down as "French".

        when they first opened, the food was excellent.

      2. I've been to Bacchus about 5 or 6 times. I always have the same thing - the hanger steak - which is a terrific bargain at $12. It's been very good each time. Last fall, in response to downhill reports posted here I gave it another shot. Same great steak.

        As for rudeness, I've never experienced it. Perhaps it's because I've come to learn that the frequency of rudeness in the French is the same as can be found in New Yorkers. Yes, you can find rude New Yorkers but they're the exception and not the rule.

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        1. re: Bob Martinez

          I had the hanger steak, and it was awful. Service was not rude, the waitress was simply absentminded and lost. I don't need to be fawned over by a server, I just expect them to bring me what I ordered on time. I went a few times before and the food was always good, including the hanger steak. I talked to a friend of mine who used to bartend there and was told that their chef left about a year ago - that explains a lot.

          1. re: nokitsch

            Despite the persistent rumors of having gone downhill, I went there tonight with my parents for dinner in the garden. I used to enjoy the place and found it reasonably priced for decent french bistro staples. Tonight's meal was abysmal. After a puff pastry with goat cheese appetizer which was harmless, we waited over 30 minutes for the entrees. My dad had the steak, which was chewy and flavorless. My mom's hanger steak was slightly tastier according to her. Both received fries that were not even lukewarm. I got the duck breast which I ordered medium rare. It used to be my favorite there, as it was cooked properly with a nice, crisp skin. This time it was beyond medium in preparation. But, from the first bite I took, it tasted off. Very gamey, beyond a normal duck taste. It smelled off. Now, even if it weren't off, the duck was in a cloyingly sweet sauce that tasted terrible. I returned it, which I have never done in a restaurant before. They offered me something else, but I didn't want to press my luck. So, they said they would take it off the bill. When the bill came, it was off. But, since it was 2 for 1 entree night, we were still charged for the 2 other entrees. Essentially, the same cost as if they hadn't "taken" it off the bill. We were told they couldn't take another entree off because it was 2 for 1 night. Wasn't worth fighting over. We paid and left. Will never go back.

            1. re: jdf

              It is sad when a reliable restaurant goes down the drain, especially such a charming one. Unfortunately, I will never go back there either.