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Oct 6, 2007 04:47 PM

I am done with Cafe Rouge (Berkeley)

The last three times I have dined at Cafe Rouge, I have been served food that was left sitting out for far too long. Nobody likes cold french fries. I don't know if the problem is an unfocused kitchen or an apathetic wait staff. What's particularly maddening is that the food has good flavors; it would taste great if only it arrived at the table hot. Once, or even twice, I can call an aberration. But three times in a row is inexcusable. So I am done with Cafe Rouge. Eat there at your own risk.

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  1. Or buy an onglet or bavette or a chicken at their meat market and cook it yourself. I have only eaten at CR twice, both times at least 4 years ago, and both times I was tres underwhelmed. I do, however, frequent their meat market and find it a great source for unusual steaks.

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    1. re: oakjoan

      I also find the meat market heck a lot more interesting than their dinner menu; I've stopped suggesting the restaurant to friends. The happy hour bar ,with dollar oyster, is still a deal.

    2. My food has always arrived hot, but my last visit was two months ago.

      Lunch or dinner? Did you have different servers? How long ago was the first of those three visits?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Dinner all three times. Different servers all three times. Different days of the week: two weekdays, one weekend. I'm certain the last time was a kitchen snafu, because the side of greens arrived piping hot, whereas the two entrees were stone-cold. The first visit was about 6 months ago, the most recent one was last Friday.

        The tables on both sides of us had plates of steaming food, so I would guess that many people eat there without issue.

      2. I ate there only once 2 years ago and I found the service and food to be desired for - I decided not to go back. We just had brunch at Eccolo - very good food.

        1. cold french fries. suggestion friagra

          1. I've experienced the plate of cold fries there as well - for a place that seems to style themselves in the French bistro vein, you'd think they'd at least get the frites right! And my pork chop, while hot, was also verging on dry - if I'd wanted a dry pork chop, I could've trekked over to my local Safeway and pick up some cheap thin-cut chops to incinerate on my own....

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            1. re: Spatlese

              Eaten there four or five times...service was disinterested at best and food uninspired...great location, though...sorry Marsha...