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HELP NYE: Olana or Red Cat for dinner?

SLO Dec 30, 2008 04:07 PM

Should we go to Olana or Red Cat for New Years Eve Dinner? I have been to Olana and thought it was quite good, but it was a private party. Never been to Red Cat, but would like to go there as well.

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    Lucia Dec 30, 2008 05:14 PM

    These restaurants are different in aspirations, vibe, price point, etc. Red Cat is a solid neighborhood-type place. I think it's festive, comfortable, and I've always enjoyed the food. It's nothing mind-blowing, but it's always well-prepared. Service is also very nice. I've only been to Olana once soon after it opened. It has higher aspirations than Red Cat (the food is more "interesting), but I didn't find it as satisfying.

    1. r
      rrems Dec 30, 2008 06:01 PM

      I have only been to Red Cat once, quite a few years ago. It was solid, but nothing special, and rather pricy for the quality of food and level of comfort. I have been to Olana numerous times, and every time I have been very impressed by the food, service and ambience. I don't really think there is any comparison.

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      1. re: rrems
        wonka Dec 31, 2008 07:10 AM

        Been to Red Cat, many times, a good soild restaurant. Good food, prices don't hurt either, it can become a little loud, I always enjoyed it

        1. re: rrems
          RGR Dec 31, 2008 10:28 AM

          Like rrems, we have been to Red Cat once, two summers ago. And I had the same reaction. Our food was o.k. but not inspiring enough to make me want to rush back.

          We have not been to Olana.

        2. s
          SLO Jan 4, 2009 02:55 PM

          For what it's worth .... We ended up at Olana. I had been there in Oct. and thought it was quite good.
          I think New Years Eve would qualify as one of the worst meals I have ever had - and that includes some very sketchy meals while traveling.

          The service was absolutely awful. The best part was that it was inattentive. We ordered a bottle of wine, they poured a taste and got called away and never poured the rest of the table - not the first glass or any other glass!
          I had a scallop and langoustine dish. The langoustine tasted like a mushy apple - over cooked and in edible.

          I could go on, but suffice to say no one was happy. Fortunately the company was exquisite and we had a wonderful time.

          I'll not be back to Olana!

          Happy New Year to all

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          1. re: SLO
            rrems Jan 4, 2009 05:50 PM

            Thank you for reporting back. It's sad to hear that what has been a favorite of ours over the past year would make a mess of things. Unfortunately, this is not so unusual on NYE. I have had some bad experiences in the past, even with restaurants that were excellent at other times. I would strongly suggest that you contact the owners and make your complaints known, as they have seemed to me to be very concerned and accommodating.

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