Asheville - Grove Park Inn- Sunset Terrace
Running a nice special of "3 for $30" every nite - you get app/entree and dessert for $30. Choice of 3 in each category. We were there an had app choice of waldorf salad, caprese salad or mussels; entree choices of: Steak Diane, Duck over wonderful risotto or a Seafood cioppino; dessert: pb tart(like a big reese's cup, cheesecake or key lime pie. We were very pleased w/ the food.
Can't beat the view of downtown Asheville from the terrace. Be advised that 18% gratuity is automatically added.
I tip high - above that 18% typically. One of the few places where I've really been ripped off on service with an auto tip is Grove Park Inn. Yes. I resented every cent of that tip. And, I felt really bad that many diners in the group did not even see note the tip added and put more dollars on top of that 18%.
My issues included the fact that there were no drink refills and no offers to refill. They did ask about desserts, and I was charged for one (ice cream - how hard is that?), and it was not delivered, but it sure was on the bill. Glad I checked.
It was a conference group, so perhaps they thought we'd not be regulars. Tip was auto, so why bother to check on the tables or even smile and act decent. Prob won't see these folks again. Right. I haven't gone back, and I am close enough to drop by. But, when the kid at the cash register at McDonalds is more helpful than the Grove Park Inn wait staff, then I'm not paying the high prices and the padded tip add on.
Beautiful place. Could be a big thumbs up.
Question? If Grove Park Inn really rocked, would they have to tab on the 18%? Hum. Something to consider.
re: Eric Panic
3% to the house? Well, that TEARS it. Like you're not getting sufficiently gouged already by the house.
I'm excited to hear they added a nice $7 garnacha to the wine list, because in the past, the wines by the glass have been so mundane and over-priced that I drink beer or mixed drinks.
Although I've had nice service at breakfast, my one-and-only dining adventure on the terrace included extremely surly service.
The Grove Park Inn had to add the service charge because there were so many people attending conferences that did not tip.
They do a tremendous amount of conference business and very often, wait staff was getting stiffed.
I've been staying at the Grove Park Inn for years and the staff has never been anything but gracious to me. Extremely courteous.
FWIW, I've seen the waitstaff in the lobby treated badly by guests on many occaisions.
Perhaps Grove Park Inn should just give a reasonable set rate on conferences including the tip if they want to host those.
Of course, the service should be resonable to balance that out if the reasonable pay rate is included, and I do think people should be paid at a fair rate.
While the wait staff may have been stiffed by some before the auto conference tip, I can assure you that others at the conference I was talking about paid the 18% plus whatever they considered the going tip rate. Nice pay that. Checking the bill is a good idea.
I'm glad your experience has been good.
Mine was not. I did not complain about "nothing to drink" and no dessert brought (other than asking that it be taken off the bill). I am not the type to treat anyone badly. But, I am also the type not to return to a restaurant that thinks that some patrons are not worth any effort. While some conference attendees may not be good guests, others are. When they soak everyone, they do not get the good ones back.
i have had wonderful experiences there, although years ago. my husband and i had a beautiful dinner in the restaurant upstairs and the lady who waited on us was lovely. the food was amazing that night. everything was perfect.
we have been to the brunch buffet a few times and loved it.
that lobby is so NOT intimate but the terrace is magnificent.
outside is nice for walking too, and golf.
i am always sorry to read how rude people are treated there. that was never my experience.