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Reservoir in Silverlake?

Rossi76 Mar 7, 2009 12:15 PM

I heard it opened last night. Anyone tried it yet?

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    Silverlaker RE: Rossi76 Mar 7, 2009 12:22 PM

    I live in the neighborhood (obviously -- see moniker), to me the restaurant's menu and esp the prices are really not motivating us to try it. I wish restaurateurs would realize this -- many people living in the neighborhood work in Hollywood. There's been a defacto strike going on for months -- and the town is just getting back. On top of that, you have the recession/depression. So the pricing and the general non-originality of the place, is not making me hop&down to try it. That said, we're treating ourselves to "animal" tonight --- it's different, unique, and we'll pay for that. Won't pay for an overpriced bistro -- sorry!

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      mymymichl RE: Silverlaker Mar 7, 2009 12:41 PM

      One of the most critical things a restaurateur must do is price his menu properly. That means taking into account his market, their economics, and being able to stimulate their curiosity. Given the location, I imagine the restaurant signed on before the real estate bubble burst, causing low receipts combined with cash poor customers.

      It's a recipe for disaster unless the restaurant grabs hold of his food costs, and rethinks his menu.

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        Silverlaker RE: mymymichl Mar 7, 2009 12:59 PM

        And the only affordable thing on the menu is designer pizzas -- PIZZAS! That's the last thing this neighborhood needs. And the recession has been going on, officially, for six months -- and the preparation for the restaurant over two years, they could have figured this out and adjusted accordingly.

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        cls RE: Silverlaker Mar 7, 2009 02:01 PM

        I live right up the street and found the menu uninspiring. Yes, I said the same thing about pizzas. It might end up being great, but I have a hard time justifying spending $36 for a choice ribeye. I will try it eventually.
        I look forward to Domenico though.

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          Burger Boy RE: cls Mar 7, 2009 04:52 PM

          To be fair, it is a 14oz cowboy ribeye for $32, I hope it is choice? Now if I understand my steaks a cowboy rib eye has the bone on, so you are getting a 10-11 oz piece of meat. If you added a salad to that it would be about a $42 meal before drinks and dessert.

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            lambrusche RE: cls Mar 17, 2009 08:51 PM

            $36 for a Steak not dry aged is a little much... particularly for a non steak house. I do want to try it but the hamburgers and pizza left me uninspired as well. It would be a nice choice for lunch, but they are not even open. I do want to try it.
            I equally look forward to Domenico. It would appear to be the place to try...

        2. scurvy RE: Rossi76 Mar 7, 2009 11:57 PM

          There were a lot of Netty's (former tenant) fans out there and I wasn't one of them. I found the space awkward and unwelcoming. The food was overpriced and just ok.

          Reservoir is a massive improvement in every way. They did a beautiful job with the room. It is cozy and a little bit modern. They added a lovely wood slat ceiling that is somewhat sauna-ish and a wine bar. The room is smaller than you think and sophisticated without being stuffy.

          Sure, the food costs a little more than what the neighborhood is used to, but it really was a bargain ($69 for 2 apps, 2 entrees) for the level of food delivered. They comped our corkage. I couldn't hear our waitresses reason for doing so, but that was an added bonus.

          We shared the beet salad w/blue cheese and hazelnuts and the pizza with wild mushrooms and feta to start. I've had variations on this salad a million times, but Revervoir's was executed perfectly, with all elements working together. I thought all of the pizza's flavors were spot-on, but the crust could have been crispier. My man disagreed.

          He had the black cod with farro and asparagus. I had the scallops with polenta/peas/chanterelles. Both were done really well and had very nice woodsy depth.

          We will be back. Reservoir is a little too pricey to get into the regular neighborhood rotation. I found the food much more exciting than nearby Blair's, Edendale Grill or Cliff's Edge and at a similar price point.

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            Silverlaker RE: scurvy Mar 8, 2009 10:34 AM

            Good to hear about the food! We ate at the new michelangelos and their prices jacked up -- we spent $70 for two (sans wine) and were annoyed as our bill seemed to have raised by $20 bucks and haven't been back since.

            We'll try Reservoir.

            Ate at "animal" last night and had a great time -- the food was really good! We left a bit hungry as the portions were small and we had underestimated this and ordered 2 apps and one entrees -- we should have each ordered an entrees. Next time!

            But we'll try Reservoir -- Blair's has gone down in quality and we find Canelle a bit hectic since they won't take resies. Thanks for the specifics!

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              cls RE: Silverlaker Mar 8, 2009 12:35 PM

              I too will try, and it's nice to hear good things.
              What our posts were about was the perception, not the actual restaurant.

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                scurvy RE: Silverlaker Mar 8, 2009 02:26 PM

                FYI - Reservoir doesn't take reservations. We got there about 6:30 thinking we might beat the Daily Candy crowd and we were seated immediately. There were a handful of people waiting when we left, but not too bad. We weren't rushed out either, which was nice.

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              humara RE: Rossi76 Mar 9, 2009 06:33 PM

              resevoir is GREAT.
              we ate there last night and although a bit spendy, we all felt it was worth the price.
              the service was great. we were seated promptly in the very nicely designed space. our waiter was friendly but not too friendly and knew quite a bit about the menu considering they've only been opened a few days.
              i know i will take issue with their no reservation policy. they want to keep it available to locals. makes no sense to me, because last time I checked, most people in silverlake also have phones. being from los feliz, i guess I am a 2nd class citizen here. anyway, not an issue right now because a table was available.
              after word starts getting out about the great food and overall good vibe, i feel i will be waiting an hour or so for a table on a friday night unless i get there at 5-6pm.

              anyway, on to the food.
              the menu is very interesting and divided in kind of a novel way.
              most of the mains are ordered "a la carte" but you get to pick from 4-5 different setups. a setup consists of some carbs and some veggies. that doesn't really do it justice though. I ordered the skirt steak with chimichuri and while it was good, and cooked to my requested temperature, it didn't really showcase the skills of the kitchen. my choice of "setup" was a little more telling though. Parmesan crusted potato au gratin with a hash of beluga lentils and fava beans were very very good and added a much needed variety of taste and texture to the plate.
              other items ordered at our table which i sampled.
              scallops (hell's kitchen reference???) nice texture, not rubbery, not over cooked, very nicely seared with good color and bite. polenta with spring peas and morel mushrooms. very good choice of a "setup". we saw some other tables just ordering "setups" as a main, and I would think that is a great choice for a vegetarian. speaking of which, we had one with us and he ordered the tofu. came served about the size of a stick of butter. crusted with black and toasted sesame seeds, marinated in an asian inspired soy based sauce. not too firm but not squishy or watery either. i would say it was one of the better tofu dishes I've had in a while. (jitlada tofu excepted)
              one of the more unusual and interesting dishes we had was a braised beef shortrib and artichoke open face lasagna. this was the star for me. braised shortribs of course were tender, the baby artichokes went well with the dish. also lots of very flavorful cherry tomatoes that had been cooked in with the dish. the lasagna was really just a sheet of lasagna folded into the dish, so it wasn't layered as you might think from the name. regardless, it worked well together and I would go back just for that dish again.

              desserts were also very good, and we only managed to try 2 but all the other choices on the mneu sounded very very good. sometimes, we struggle just to find one good choice on some dessert menus. anyway, we had some crazy chocolate plate, which was really about 5 desserts in one. the standard flourless moulten chocolate cake, some mousse with blood oranges(?), peppermint bark, a small shot of spicy hot chocolate and a bit of guiness ice cream. while the plate didn't really come across as a solid concept, i don't think that was the point. each little bit stood on it's own and was very delicious and served fresh. now, about that guiness ice cream. weird? yes. amazing? yes. very subtle. we were also intrigues by their other flavors of ice creams, so got a plate of 3. nutella, black garlic, and horchata. i thought the black garlic ice cream was disgusting and while probably made as well as one could hope, there are just some things better left alone. horchata was really really good though, a little less in-your-face than a glass of horchata, which made it a nice interpretation. the nutella was a little disappointing, the chocolate flavor overwhelmed any sense of hazelnuttiness that i would have liked, and while we did eat all of it, probably would not be my first choice next time. we missed out on a tarte tatin with a creme anglaise and caramel, and also missed out an interesting sounding panna cotta.
              so obviously, i think the spot will do well, but please don't go so i can get a table.

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                jeff_uprising RE: humara Mar 12, 2009 11:02 PM

                it's amazing how quickly a night out at a new restaurant can go wrong. we called Reservoir last night around 7pm to see if it was going to even be possible to get a table. they said the wait was 10-15min, to come on down. Great! My wife and I called another couple who live in the area and headed down for what we hoped was a quick table and great meal.

                That's where it ended. As soon as we arrived we were told it would be about 10 minutes and "please take a seat at the bar". An hour later, we still didn't have a table and were about to walk out. I mean, seriously, an hour? And not only that, but there was no offer of food or anything to hold us over. We had to ask for bread - they brought one roll for 4 people.

                Then, as we're about to just pay the tab and leave, they finally seat us. Yes, it's a small space. but we were seated at a table that completely blocked off another table so every time the waitress needed to tend to the table next to us, she had to ask my friend's wife to move. basically to get up out of her chair and let the waitress in. Now, here's an issue in itself - there was a guy that could have moved as well, right behind her, but she kept asking my friend's wife, who just waited 1 hour for a table, to awkwardly move. really?

                Then, we get no setups. we're starving. no bread. meanwhile, everyone else in the restaurant gets a basket of bread and setups as soon as they sit down. I have to ask a busboy to get bread brought over. We order appetizers to get food flowing because now we're starving. 45min later, we get them. really? 45 minutes for a salad and some bland fried cheese? Then, no plates, still don't have setups. we have to ask for them.

                The waitress can't stop saying sorry. stop saying sorry after every word and just handle it! We get it it's a new restaurant! Let's move on and have a good night!

                Then, finally, 30min after appetizers, the meal comes. My friend and I are served. Wives aren't. Takes 5 minutes and a lot of scrambling to get their food to the table so we can all start eating. And again, it's bland. We love food - Hatfields, Lucques, Terroni's, Mozza, Palette.. The prices at Reservoir compare but the food unfortunately doesn't.

                We voice our complaints to the GM who shrugs them off completely. Then the waitress offers a dessert with the tone that "we're sorry, please, have a desert on us". Because at that point we're over it and just want the bill but we say ok. Another 20min later, desert comes. Again, just ok.

                Lastly, the bill comes. Full price for everything. Now, we're not looking for a free meal or putting on a show to get the bill reduced.. it's just shocking when things go as bad as they did that not one item that was ordered was taken off the check.. like the drinks at the bar when we were waiting, or that dessert she suggested we stay for, or one of the small bottles of Pelegrino I was drinking. Now, at this point, it's 10pm. we got there at about 7:10pm. it's been 2 hours or more of waiting and drama. my wife takes up the bill with the GM.

                My friend and I leave to avoid even more drama inside the restaurant as we're now quite upset. The GM does eventually cut the bill in half and to be honest, I was so upset with the entire night that I was unfortunately rude when he tried to come out and speak with me. I'll have to apologize for that at some point as I hate leaving under that pretense.

                But honestly, with all the waiting, drama, attitude, shrugging off of complaints, etc - I'd never recommend this restaurant to anyone. MAYBE they'll get it together and turn it around but unfortunately I'll never know. They've turned our crew off for life.

                In the future, as a tip for a new restaurant, you may want to tell people you're booked if you're booked. maybe even if you're not. it creates buzz. and if something like this happens, in the first couple weeks of opening while you're working out the kinks, just offer a glass of wine and an appetizer right away - it diffuses the situation immediately and barely dents your profit. then customers leave happy instead of bitter.

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                  Silverlaker RE: jeff_uprising Mar 12, 2009 11:20 PM

                  Jeff, I SO agree. A group of us girls were at BLD about a month ago for dinner and they had a problem with someone calling in sick and our 1 hour dinner turned into almost two. Honestly, I was having fun w my friends that I hardly noticed but our waiter did and he approached us, apologizing and saying one of their chefs was sick and then, asked us what he could comp us with. We got to choose and each got a freebie dessert. And yes, we'll be back and there was no hard feelings b/c #1, the restaurant identified the problem, apologized and were proactive #2 they took care of us, and were friendly and lovely about it.

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                    Burger Boy RE: Silverlaker Mar 12, 2009 11:34 PM

                    As it should be, done!

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                    FamousBlueRaincoat RE: jeff_uprising Mar 16, 2009 04:31 PM

                    so sorry u had this experience. sounds like i'll be skipping this place. no patience for that sort of thing. completely inexcusable, new restaurant or not.

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                  SLeater RE: Rossi76 Mar 13, 2009 12:02 AM

                  Just returned from Reservoir and we were severely disappointed. For starters, one of the pleasures for me of restaurant dining is the opportunity to experience a particular environmental aesthetic. There was none here that I could detect. Maybe I missed something. There was no centerpiece on our table. The others had cheap votive candle holders most of which remained unlit. Nary a flower to be seen. My view was of the large green exit sign and the 7-11 in the distance. The walls were tanish, no paintings, no plants. The windows were stark and unadorned. My husband's view was of the parking lot and the large, new illuminated billboard that now hovers over Silver Lake. There was some calm punctuated by headlights shining in his face unmitigated by any window treatment or intervening plantings. There was no color to be seen and one of the lights in the ceiling was already out. The portions were small. It took 45 minutes for our bread to arrive. And nothing was offered in its place. After I inquired about the bread, the GM came and told me it had been burned and they started a new batch but no concern for our state of hunger. My husband's chicken was dry, the sides miniscule. There was nothing warm, comforting, beautiful or caring about the evening. I prefer the beauty of Blair's: the color, the paintings, the quirky music, the interessting beers, the friendly owner and the overall warmth and care of the place. I was also exhausted by the noise and the effort to hear. Back to Blair's on Sat. I hope the Reservoir management considers adding some warmth, color and beauty.

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                    Blakekitty RE: Rossi76 Mar 13, 2009 04:43 PM

                    I can't wait to try Reservoir and agree with some of the postings that Blair's has really gone down in quality.

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                      bruinike RE: Rossi76 Mar 15, 2009 09:19 PM

                      Just got back from a lovely dinner at RESERVOIR. Got there at 6:30PM and the place was half full. By the time we left at 8:15PM, it was completely full with a line of about 15 people outside in line. I had the grilled salmon with farro, asparagus and broccoli rabe side. My friend had the pan-seared chicken breast with cauliflower puree and leeks. Both were lovely. Mine was simple and clean which was exactly what I wanted. Yummy warm sourdough bread to start. We each had a glass of wine as well and got out of there for under $40. No one around me had the pizzas which I am interested in trying. The couple seemed to have had the rib eye and steak which both looked like huge portions. Glad I tried it and got there at the time I did!

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                        cakers RE: Rossi76 Mar 15, 2009 11:05 PM

                        as a big fan of blair's and a.o.c., i was excited to try reservoir; unfortunately, i was quite disappointed. it was only ok, and for the prices, it's not really worth going back. however, the staff was friendly.

                        we love mushrooms so were excited for the mushroom appetizers --wild mushroom pizza and warm wild mushroom salad--both lacked in the quantity of mushrooms. if you lead off the title/description with "mushroom," then i expect that to be the focus...not a lot of cheese (for the pizza) or a huge bed of greens with a few bits of mushroom for the "warm wild organic mushroom salad, haricots vert and shaved pecorino" (see, there's not even mention of greens).

                        the rectangle of tofu i had was mostly bland and left me with an annoying mouthful of seeds mixed with lukewarm firm tofu. the potato gratin, fava bean, beluga lentil "set-up" underneath was not that interesting either AND was also lukewarm!

                        the panna cotta for dessert was also disappointing. blood oranges and pistachio just sort of clashed in flavor and texture. and the panna cotta was not silkly, soft, and smooth, just super firm...i felt like it was my tofu dish part 2.

                        the best part of the meal was the free warm bread roll!

                        we're not returning...portions are small, prices are high, and taste was mediocre. so sad, we were looking forward to a new restaurant in the hood.

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                          Silverlaker RE: cakers Mar 16, 2009 09:57 AM

                          Okay -- it seems that the more authentic reviews here are marginal at best. Cakers said this:

                          "...portions are small, prices are high, and taste was mediocre."

                          Oy!

                          My original point was -- esp in this economy, for the price-point, a new restaurant should have a unique menu or, at least, terrific food and service. This restaurant had 3 years to figure this out -- we were waiting and waiting for it to open. For around this price point, why should I try this place when there's Blairs, Canelle, Animal, Palate (I know, the last two a bit higher), even Vermont -- these places are all tried and true. Again, what the hood needed was a reasonable priced bistro (hello that restaurant that replaced Da Giovanni on Griffith Park). My husband and I aren't eating out as much as we did six months ago and to get us to spend $80-$100, the food has to be amazing.

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                            scurvy RE: Silverlaker Mar 16, 2009 04:09 PM

                            I found Reservoir to be better (and cheaper) than Blair's or Vermont, and more interesting (but more expensive) than Canele. I've had a great and disastrous experiences at Palate, so it is hard to compare.

                            Animal is probably my favorite of the bunch, but it is not in the neighborhood and is the kind of caloric overkill that I cannot add to my regular rotation.

                            Please know that my positive review was sincere. You can check out my posting history and confirm that I am no newbie.

                            I predict that Reservoir will work out the service kinks and become a Silverlake mainstay, though they may need to adjust their prices to get there.

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                              humara RE: Silverlaker Mar 19, 2009 03:42 PM

                              actually, i thought my review was much more informative and authentic than the useless

                              "...portions are small, prices are high, and taste was mediocre."

                              the prices are no higher than anything comparable in the area. the food is overwhelmingly better than blairs. the portions are only small if you're used to eating at cheesecake factory.

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                                cakers RE: humara Mar 19, 2009 11:12 PM

                                Indeed, your review only increased my excitement to go to Reservoir...especially since I am a vegetarian and was happy to hear about the vegetarian options and set ups!

                                I'm only sorry to be disappointed, unlike you, with my meal, hence my lack of enthusiasm to describe it in more detail.

                                I will say now though that as a vegetarian and being Asian, I've eaten plenty of tofu and MANY soy based foods throughout my life and so I have pretty high standards for tofu when it's served. Most Asian dishes that I know do not serve a block of tofu like that. I think it helps when tofu is in smaller pieces so that the flavors are absorbed throughout. I wonder if some cooks, especially those who don't cook for vegetarians, like to serve it that way so that it more resembles a piece of meat when it's served?? It can be good sometimes and I will enjoy it that way, but often the result is mostly uninspired in my opinion...as I found it to be that evening.
                                But perhaps your set ups only suggestion is the way to go...all four options sounded good, and I had a hard time deciding which to choose. I wonder how they would charge you for that since there are no individual prices associated with the set-ups.

                                To be more specific regarding portion sizes, my salad (arugula) was about half the size of any salad I've ordered at Blair's. And I often just order the "side" of mac and cheese as my entree at Blair's and it's a nice portion I find. I suppose the pizza at Reservoir would be a nice "deal" as a starter/side that could be your entree, but I wouldn't necessarily think that Reservoir would pop into my head if I knew I wanted pizza for dinner.

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                              cinzia RE: cakers Jun 5, 2009 11:45 AM

                              so agree on the mushroom salad - wish I'd read this first! also a bone of contention in that my 'setup' was to include chanterelles and I was very much looking forward to having them but, alas, when my dish arrived it was with porcini with no mention. service was lacking for what is aiming for a fine dining experience. don't even get me started on the bartender.

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                              foundla RE: Rossi76 Mar 20, 2009 07:23 PM

                              i ate their last night, and was less than impressed.
                              Its a total bummer, because I live in the neighborhood and have been eagerly awaiting the opening....
                              The entire restaurant is panoramic windows that look out onto the parking lot/valet drop-off. Very strange. I sit in traffic all day, i dont really want to look at a parking lot while I eat.
                              The food was OK. A bit pricey for the neighborhood (and the economy).
                              I agrree that there was nothing warm or inviting about the interior. Its a view of a parking lot (or 7-11) with a constant stream of headlights. There is nothing to buffer it - no window treatments, no plants. Netty's used to have the most amazing succulant garden, and they mysteriously ripped it all out and replaced with pea gravel. Very odd choice.
                              As for the food, We had 2 apps, 2 mains and dessert (and tried another friends main). Not bad, but nothing worth mentioning. Sort of bland. So-so pizza, average lasagna. Fish was Ok. I could go into specifics, but honestly it was nothing memorable. The server was very nice if a little chilly.
                              Nothing about the restaurant felt like the cozy neighborhood joint its meant to be. I guess I was hoping for the warmth of Little Doms or bustling bar service like at Mozza.
                              Again, the food was OK, but for the price and the bleak view, I wont be back.

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                                sulzmania RE: Rossi76 Mar 25, 2009 08:36 PM

                                So I went to Resevoir tonight with my girlfriend and we were excited at the outset. We live a mere block from the new high end eatery and were hopeful by the look of the place. Looks can be deceiving my friends. First off our hostess decided that she was going to seat us at a table right next to a couple of other diners. The only thing is that the place was dead at the time and it was awkward so we said so and we were seated at a table appropriately spaced from the other customers. Our waiter was a nice guy. Good at his job, but the food was really unimpressive and boring. I ordered the pan seared chicken with the asparagus side dish. Not the most exciting of dishes but I felt like chicken. It was 18 dollars. My girlfriend had the black cod and the lentil thing. It was 24 dollars. I swear to you I could have made both at home for 10 dollars. They aren't mincing words when they say "Pan Seared Chicken" because that's all it is. Pan seared. No seasoning. No anything. Just a piece of dry chicken seared in a pan. What?! Why even offer this on the menu? It's so banal and basic it has no business being on any menu anywhere. The cod was good. But basic. Also pan seared and placed on top of some tasteless lentil and fava beans.It's really simple simple simple simple stuff. Food you can cook in your own home in your own kitchen. And I don't know about you, but I'm not a chef so when I go out and drop a hundred and twenty on a meal I want it to be a great experience. I want to taste things that I know I couldn't do myself. I want to be impressed. I want to really enjoy my meal. This meal did none of those things. It only made me mad. DON'T BOTHER.

                                1. slowcooker RE: Rossi76 Apr 1, 2009 05:25 PM

                                  Lot of unhappy customers on this page. I've been twice to Reservoir in the last week and absolutely loved it. Both times I tried to arrive at six to avoid any kind of crowd. Found the wait staff very friendly and helpful. Haven't tried any pizzas yet, but have tried and loved the...

                                  beet salad
                                  fried cheese thing
                                  tempura fried shrimp

                                  scallops - excellent
                                  braised short ribs - crazy good
                                  salmon - almost too big - very light seasoning so I'd say for salmon purists only

                                  As for set-ups we've had and loved the faro, the fingerling potatoes, and best of all, the polenta... especially with the short ribs

                                  apple tartin and the panacotta were great as well.

                                  That said, it's on the pricey side, so I won't be making weekly trips.

                                  Sorry for the people who had bad experiences. Seems like we ate at different restaurants. Sounds like the restaurant needs to work on consistency.

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                                    Silverlaker RE: slowcooker Apr 1, 2009 09:42 PM

                                    Upscale restaurants need to realize that their target auds (um, I guess upscale diners) know how to make salmon at home, they know how to roast or pan sear a chicken breast -- chances are if you like gourmet eating, you eat fairly well at home (we do). So w the economy on shaky ground, I'd rather go to Gelson's and make a high-end'ish dinner for me and my husband for $20-$25 bucks, then eat an equivalent for three times that at some "bistro." Again, if we're gonna spend $70 or more, esp now, we want to go places w great cuisine (and great cooking) -- animal, angelini osteria, canele, palate, whatever. Last time we were at Michelengelo's, we spent over $60, they raised the prices at their new location -- sorry, I can go to Surfas and get great quality raviolis and have a terrific Italian dinner for $20.

                                    New restaurateurs needs to recognize more people eating at home and they need to step up their game (and prices).

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                                    wendysland RE: Rossi76 May 8, 2009 10:18 PM

                                    RESERVOIR - Don't waste your time...
                                    It was a warm May evening, I was looking forward to trying a new restaurant in my neighborhood and to a cool glass of Rose. I was excited to finally go to Reservoir, after so much anticipation, it was finally open! I was terribly disappointed not to find even one Rose option on the wine list (which is miniscule and unimaginative at best). I asked the server a few questions about the list and the GM came over (to assist, I assume) and said, "Oh, you just have to get over the Rose thing." When I looked surprised by his comment, he followed it up with "If you really want Rose, I can run across the street (to 7-11) and get you some... I'm sure they have a can of it I can buy for you." Now, considering it's a new restaurant, (with lackluster reviews) and it opened in a tight economy, one might find it hard to believe that the general manager would be so rude to a new customer, but that's just the snarky tone you have to look forward to at Reservoir.

                                    Follow up the attitude with an overpriced, uninspired and poorly executed menu and you have... a restaurant that will remain open for less than a year.

                                    I tried the wild mushroom salad and was astonished to find it served over a wilted bag o' greens from Trader Joe's with not even an attempt at dressing, we added salt and pepper and eventually just surrendered to the blandness. My friend ordered the skirt steak with kale, yams, and potatoes and the sides stole the show - actually they were the only thing worth eating all evening. I then tried the "spicy mussels" and was disappointed by the gritty, mealy texture of the mussels and found nary a spice in sight. The crostini that was served with the mussels was tasty, but bread and kale do not a meal make.

                                    All in all, bad attitude, boring, overpriced, flavorless food - what else is there to say?

                                    At least Netty's had good pie.

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                                      Silverlaker RE: wendysland May 9, 2009 05:54 PM

                                      I'm curious -- why didn't you leave when the GM made that remark? That was incredibly tackless (the remark, not you).

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                                        cls RE: Silverlaker May 9, 2009 07:02 PM

                                        A GM doesn't know that there are quality rose wines? You should have made him go to 7-11.

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                                          SilverlakeGirl RE: Silverlaker May 9, 2009 07:33 PM

                                          I must say it is one of the most underhanded things I've ever heard a restauranteur say. Clearly meant to belittle the patron.

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                                            Burger Boy RE: SilverlakeGirl May 9, 2009 10:29 PM

                                            All the time and care that went into this place, 2 years or more and no one thought to train the GM in a little tact or some basic social skills! What a baboon, wait that is insulting to primates.

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                                          Blakekitty RE: wendysland May 10, 2009 09:02 AM

                                          Wendysland..I'm so glad I read your review/comment...I was just thinking of finally checking it out (after giving it time to work out the opening kinks) I will def. not be going now. THANKYOU

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                                            nhb2009 RE: wendysland May 11, 2009 11:08 AM

                                            How totally crazy. The only thing worse than an arrogant prick is an arrogant prick that also happens not to know what the hell he or she is talking about! Scolded for drinking rose! Come on.

                                            What is there to say to such a rude comment, but obviously the thing to do was to school that idiot purporting to know food and wine back with a little mini-lesson on the virtues of rose.

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                                              Simon RE: wendysland May 11, 2009 11:49 AM

                                              heh...the GM is so ignorant, it's hilarious...i'm glad that i (a big fan of rose) wasn't there, as i wouldn't have been able to stop myself from giving him a lecture on Tavels, Bandols, Domaine D'Ott, etc...

                                              Sounds like he's one of those hapless/clueless winedrinkers whose only exposure to rose has been sugary trailer-park white zinfandel...

                                              There was a great article in either the LA Times or NY Times about ten years ago which had a comical sub-heading that read something like "Are You Confident Enough to Order Pink Wine?"...the article went on to explain that rose wine drinkers in the U.S. tend to fall into either of two groups: those w/ the least sophisticated palates and those with most sophisticated palates...the former group are people who don't really like wine at all and run to the sweetest , cheapest, most-wine-cooleresque thing they can find (white zinfandel)...the latter group are long-time wine drinkers, who, having already explored whites and reds in depth, have then also discovered the pleasures of fine, dry roses...

                                              A GM with that gruesome combination of ignorance and snark does not deserve to be working at a restaurant that serves entrees at 30+...perhaps you should write to owner and suggest that the GM would be better off *working* at 7-11 himself than recommending it to his customers...

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                                                rednyellow RE: Simon May 11, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                You bring up a fun point about rose wine. When I was 20, I was introduced to cheap white zin. I didn't really know a lot about wine then, it seemed a lot more classy than Boones Farm, and I liked it. It is probably responsible for sparking my interest in wine which over the last 25 + years has evolved quite a lot, I'm glad to say. These days my pink wine taste is more for Bandols.

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                                                rednyellow RE: wendysland May 11, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                What could go better with a warm eve than a nice cool rose? Glad I haven't wasted my time there.

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                                                  wendysland RE: rednyellow May 31, 2009 10:56 PM

                                                  Thanks for support Chowhounders... I didn't leave for 2 reasons, 1) my friend drove and had already valeted and ordered her glass of wine and 2) I had taken a Xanax earlier that day (to get through a gnarly MRI) and was still feeling somewhat zen. Otherwise, I probably would have skipped the Rose 101 class (although Bandol Rose is one of my favorite things in the whole world) and just leapt over the table and tackled him. All in all, I felt better after posting here, but am still considering writing the owner/chef. There is no excuse for rude and ignorant staff (and managers!)...but I don't think they are going to be in business long enough to worry about the bad service. In the meantime, there are too many other restaurants around with better food, good service and decent wine lists to worry about this sad excuse called Reservoir.

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                                                    Burger Boy RE: wendysland Jun 3, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                    Did you see the LA Times review, OMFG, BRUTAL!

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                                                      auntflo RE: Burger Boy Jun 3, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                      Just went back. So much better than before-- too bad the reviewer at the LA Times didn't wait just a little longer. All our food was delicious. Really sweet place, so happy its in the neighborhood.

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                                                      jotoll RE: wendysland Jun 3, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                      You should absolutely write to the owners!

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                                                  D_frnch RE: Rossi76 Aug 22, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                  Reservoir is doing Brunch on Sundays. The menu looks great. Has anyone been there???

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                                                    EmilyE RE: Rossi76 Sep 30, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                    Husband and I went to Resevoir last night to celebrate his birthday.

                                                    A couple of points:
                                                    --They now serve a Rose, as I had a glass.
                                                    --They also now take reservations.

                                                    I liked the atmosphere and found it very warm and inviting. We had a corner seat at the front, so we could look out on Silverlake Blvd and also the rest of the restaurant. They weren't too busy when we got there (it was a Tuesday evening), but soon picked up. Overall we enjoyed the experience, but they were sorely understaffed (one server, one bus boy, and one bartender or manager, hard to tell what role he was filling). Everyone was friendly, if a bit delayed in everything, empty water glasses, rushing off with my husband's wine order, but not mine, etc.

                                                    We started with the squash blossom stuffed with an herbed ricotta mixture, tempura fried, and drizzled with pesto. Very good. It was the squash blossom where the squash had started to grow. Perfectly fried, not greasy, not too crispy. But, the stuffing was sorely in need of some salt, but still tasty.

                                                    I had the heirloom tomato, mache, and burrata salad with a shallot-fig dressing. Wonderful. The burrata was divine. Hubby had the grilled watermelon, arugula salad with a jalapeno dressing, with some avocado and marcona almonds. It was a weird mish-mash, but when all components were in one bite, was surprisingly nice.

                                                    For entrees, we had the slow roasted pork, roasted tomato, and artichoke open faced lasagna, and the cowboy ribeye with faro and asparagus. Steak was cooked perfectly rare as requested. The lasagna serving was very large, and let me tell you, absolutely fantastic. I ate about 1/4 of it and brought the rest home. It was so savory and unctuous and delicious. The pork was so tender, the artichoke flavor subtle but a nice background and of course you can't go wrong with roasted tomatoes. It almost had a lemony flavor. The lasagna noodles were housemade and tender.

                                                    Normally wouldn't have gotten dessert, but since it was a special occasion, my partner got the chocolate dessert, that had little samples on it--chocolate pot de creme, hot chocolate (though it was served cold), molten chocolate cake with a warm creamy peanut butter center (so awesome...like a grown-up gourmet version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup), a nutella gelato (watery/milky, not gelato-like at all), a peanut brittle and accompanying chocolate bark, and a random blop of strawberry vanilla compote. All of that for $12. I wouldn't get it again, but it was interesting.

                                                    I like the way they have their menu set-up, and I thought they had some interesting wines (tried the prosecco, rose, and a pinot). So maybe it's improved since it first opened.

                                                    We'd probably go back for salads and a burger or a pizza, and leave off the more expensive dishes.

                                                    1. lotta_cox RE: Rossi76 Nov 28, 2009 12:09 PM

                                                      I have had a couple great experiences at Reservoir. Good food, good service, good wine at reasonable prices.

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                                                        hungryhyena RE: Rossi76 Sep 18, 2010 11:23 AM

                                                        Ate at Reservoir finally last night and it was a big disappointment. The chef is a friend of a friend so I went in really wanting to like it. However, I had to send back my meal which I rarely ever do. I had the miso cod with the kale, mashed white bean & heirloom tomato setup. Everything sounded great but execution was pure salt. And I am the person that adds salt to most foods before I try. So I sent back and ordered one of the pizzas instead - the pesto/jamon serrano combo. Again very salty and the dough was not cooked. I don't think I can give it a second chance with their prices. The service also wasn't great. A couple was seated at the bar and commented to the host that it was crowded and she replied "well that's how it is" frankly if that were said to me, I would have left.

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