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Aug 3, 2010 08:38 PM

Tale of Two Birthday Dinners – Worst of Times: Garfield’s at Desert Shores

A separate post talked about the “Best of Times: l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon” birthday dinner’ on the other end of the scale of is Garfield’s at Desert Shores. This meal was before the visit to l’ Atelier with my parents. The dinner was on a Wednesday evening which may account for some of the service problems we encountered.

My mother and I had the ribeye steak; my wife had the chef special ravioli; and my father had the lasagna. First course included one shared calamari, one pumpkin soup, and one spinach salad. The calamari was actually quite good; lightly battered and flavorful. Since I didn’t taste the spinach salad or soup, I can’t provide any information; however, both parents said they tasted good. The ribeye was not memorable and the béarnaise sauce was not favorable at all. My wife said that the ravioli wasn’t very good as well. It was white sauce cheese ravioli.

However, as much as the food wasn’t very special, the service was much less special. Even after numerous requests for water refills, the glasses remained empty most of the evening. Food seemed to take a very long time to come out of the question. It was a Wednesday evening and it looked like the hostess was sent home early as the Chef was always sitting at the hosted station throughout the evening. I would think that he would be in the kitchen assuring meals were getting out on-time and let is wait staff sit the customers.

FINAL IMPRESSION: Garfield’s would not place high on my “Must Return” list. If I find myself in this lakeside strip mall, I would much rather go to Marche Bacchus.

Marche Bacchus
2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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  1. What is it about empty restaurants? So often, service and food delivery is slow (it happened to me two nights ago in a restaurant that literally had no other table occupied the entire time of our stay (admittedly within the last hour before closing). Sorry this meal didn't work for you but it looks like you more than made up for it at Atelier.