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Mar 11, 2010 09:35 AM

Bottega Louie for group bday dinner? Good or bad?

Looking for a place to have a 30th birthday dinner with 12 people next Saturday. A lot of recommendations for Bottega Louie but only recently I see that some people did not like it?!? So now I don't know if I should have it there or not.. I know we will have to wait since they don't take reservations. Any thoughts on keeping it at Bottega Louie or having it somewhere else? Nothing too pricey..

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  1. Not bad. A good choice for your needs. What happens is new restaurants get over-hyped and everyone is like OMG Bottega Louie!! (This phenomenon is particularly prominent downtown, for some reason, maybe because there are lots of new restaurants downtown.) But eventually there's a backlash from people who think the hype is undeserved. Bottega Louie is perfectly fine though and everyone will be happy.

    1. I went to Bottega Louie once and failed to understand what the hype was about. 40-minute wait on a random weekday night (we were just a party of 2), expensive small plates, rather unremarkable-tasting. The most interesting part of the evening was marveling over the whiteness of the space and the activity in the open kitchen. Sorry, i just didn't "get" it.

      1. beautiful space, great pan au chocolats on most days, but the food is not very good. go elsewhere.

          1. I'm not a fan from a food standpoint, but from the angle of loud, birthday party ambience I'd say go for it.

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            1. re: mc michael

              it's a loud, crowded mess with mediocre food and inflated prices. your group of 12 won't be able to make reservations (they don't accept them) so you'll need to wait. i tried to go there with a group of ten and the wait was two hours. i had talked with somebody there the night before over the phone, she said the wait would be 45 minutes at most. my ass! that was my last time.

              1. re: virtual balboa

                your experience was worse than mine, even taking into account that they decided to charge my credit card twice for the ONE (poor) meal. they even submitted fraudulent paperwork to support their claim, it took me three rounds with my VISA bank to demonstrate the fraud. FINALLY got their charge removed.

                let's see:
                unbearably loud
                horrible service
                food on the poor side of so-so
                credit card fraud
                costly parking
                no reservations

                would i go back there? not very likely.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  We went on Oscar Night and were able to get a table for 7 right away. But as you say the food was Meh.