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Jul 17, 2009 10:54 AM

Boho - Gone downhill?

I frequent the Arclight and when I discovered a new gastropub in the complex, I was thrilled. I went to Boho twice during the first two months they were open. The beer selection was wonderful. The service was never stellar, but I liked the funky decor (despite the random trees) and the food was delicious. It was the perfect stop off for dinner before the movies.

Oh, how have things changed. I'm not sure what has happened to Boho in recent weeks. But, I have been twice in the past week before going to the movies and have had two separate bad experiences.

During my first recent visit, I brought my parents there for an early dinner at 5:15 before a 6:45 movie. That gave us an hour and a half, which I thought was plenty of time to have a drink and dinner. Firstly, we were given a VERY limited menu. The only menu choices were a few salads, burger, and pizza. So, we ordered two salads, 1 pizza, and 1 burger for the table. This was not a huge order and we were literally the only party in the dining room. It took almost an hour to get our food. We had to rush through the meal and get the check before we were finished. I know that 5:15 is in between lunch and dinner service and we expected some wait, but an hour when we were the only ones having dinner in the entire restaurant? That seems unreasonable.

We arrived at 6:15 for dinner before another movie at my most recent visit. We were given the same VERY limited menu, despite it being clearly dinner time. Again, the service was very slow and we waited 45 minutes for 1 pizza and 1 salad. Our waiter seemed to disappear several times throughout our meal.

Food/Beer quality - In April/May, I thought the food quality was excellent and the beer was cold and served fast. In this past week, the pizzas were soggy and oily with crusts that were so hard they were inedible. The beer selection is still great, but it was served warm.

Service - In all of my visits to Boho, the staff has been rather inattentive. However, the length of time it takes to get your food seems really unreasonable, especially when the place is almost empty.

Needless to say, we won't be heading to Boho again. I gave this place so many tries, but between the strangely limited menu options, the lengthy wait for food, the inattentive service, warm beer, and the dip in food quality, we will likely not return. I am hoping they turn this place around, because I really enjoy having a decent place to go before the movies. For now, it is back to the Arclight bar/restaurant.

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  1. That's terrible. I came when it first opened and the menu was wild and adventurous, they had tripe soup, oxtails and rabbit pate on the menu. Sounds like they've completely reverted to the standard bar menu.
    Have you tried the Bowery? They had a good menu last time I was there though I was disappointed to see they'd stopped running specials.

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    1. re: MikeLee

      I had the same experience with Boho when it first opened, but they have definitely reverted back to a really bare basics bar menu at this least that has been my experience in the past 2 visits.

      I haven't tried the Bowery, although I have always wanted to...I suppose that is another option for my "pre-Arclight" dining and drinking.

      I'm really curious to see if there is anyone else out there to have this recent experience with Boho...

    2. I am so sorry to hear that. I haven't been there in a while, but totally agree with your early assessment. I love the Arclight, and was thrilled to discover Boho. During one of my early visits there, the chef/part owner came to the table and spent quite a bit of time with us talking about the restaurant. I would send him a note about your experience. He certainly seems like someone who would want to hear the criticisms. Coincidentally, I just heard from a friend who went to his restaurant in the valley Max last night, and she said it was empty. Maybe he's doing a limited menu at Boho for financial reasons.

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      1. re: perk

        I was thinking the same thing about the limited menu choices. I'm sure the economic situation is definitely to blame. The place has been empty for sure. I just wish the service and food quality kept up to good standards, despite the limited menu options. I guess time will tell how things work out for Boho. Still looking for that perfect pre-Arclight dinner. :)

      2. Sorry to hear about bad experience.

        I was there over a mos ago and it was quiet and service was good. food was ok. beers rock!

        1. That's too bad. I went to Boho about six weeks ago, and found the food/service to be great, along with the prices. We had the burger (GREAT), a salad that was very seasonal and farmers market fresh, and a pizza with ricotta, arugala and preserved lemon. Also, two beers and three glasses of wine. Oh, and I almost forgot, the zeppolis (which were NOT very good- I recommend the San Gennero feast), all for, with tip (and we are pretty good tippers), about $105. Which is pretty darn good. And that burger was awesome.

          1. I have been traveling quite a bit and haven't gotten out to the Arclight for any movies lately but Boho has always been a treat for me, especially the brunch (the pulled pork biscuits and white gravy is simply amazing). I'm sorry to hear this but I'll make it a point to go there this week and report back. Hopefully it's a fluke and they can get it back together.