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Le Garage has "jumped the shark" [Sausalito]

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The last few times I have gone, it has gotten progressively worse. The first sign of their imminent demise is that they are on "Open Table". The second sign is that on a Saturday night there are numerous empty tables.

Tonight, the special French Onion Soup was cold. And oh, by the way, it tasted like it came out of the Safeway frozen food section. Then the Cassoulet was a bunch of canned beans with a few slices of cold sausage on top.

This was my last visit there.

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Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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  1. Why would being on Open Table be a sign of imminent demise?

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    1. re: Absonot

      In the past, the restaurant did not need to solicit a website to induce diners. It was packed every night. Why would a popular eatery pay a website to bring in more diners unless it's customer base was declining?

      1. re: tstrum

        So all restaurants on Open Table are only there because their customer base is declining? Like French Laundry, Quince, Benu, Coi, etc.?

        Restaurants use the service for many reasons and it has its pros and cons. But if you assume a restaurant is bad because it's on Open Table, you're going to miss out on a lot of really great restaurants.

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        The French Laundry
        6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

        Benu
        22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. re: Absonot

          Interesting point. I challenge anyone to go on Open Table right now and try and get reservations at French Laundry. Good Luck!!!! Oh, and when you get tired of that exercise, try Slanted Door or Boulevard. Now, that you are thoroughly exhausted, go back and book Le Garage for dinner, TOMORROW night at 7 PM. Case closed!

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          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          The French Laundry
          6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          Le Garage
          85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

          1. re: tstrum

            You are absolutely right -- getting last minute reservations at any of those restaurants is incredibly difficult. They're very popular, and booked often months in advance. And some restaurants are not so popular...and have tables available last minute. This is nothing new.

            But the mere fact that a restaurant is listed on Open Table is not evidence of its imminent demise. That's the only point I was trying to make.

            1. re: tstrum

              I got reservations on Open Table for French Laundry last year (last minute ones), and Slanted Door last week. There's a 5:45 reservation for two at Slanted Door available on Open Table right now.

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              Slanted Door
              Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

              The French Laundry
              6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

              1. re: tstrum

                I've been to Frances (the hottest restaurant in SF) 5 times this year, every reservation was booked on OT. Most were made 1-2 months in advance but one was made the day before.

        2. I've been there for lunch about once a month for the last six months and haven't noticed anything different, either in terms of food or service. I've never had the French Onion Soup or the Cassoulet so I can't say if they are better or worse than previously.

          But, to pass a sweeping judgement on a restaurant ("jumped the shark") on the basis of what sounds like a single visit seems unwarranted and overly harsh. Lots of factors can influence how busy a restaurant is on a Saturday night-- weather, current events (i.e. what else is going on in town) and other restaurant happenings, just for starters.

          TStrum, did you voice your dissatisfaction to the server and/or management on the Saturday of your visit? To write a restaurant off before doing so seems to risk depriving yourself of potentially pleasurable meals. Or perhaps you were just there for the ambiance/buzz of a place with crowded tables...In which case, I suggest going for lunch, especially on some sunny day.

          Cheers.

          1. My mother and I had lunch at Le Garage two weeks ago, and the food and the service were great, as always. We both had the quiche (very rich and quivery, in a good way). We also split the Brussel sprouts with toasted pumpkin seeds which were so delicious that I ordered three orders to have on Thanksgiving. I'd hardly say it jumped the shark. Maybe you should give it another try...

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            Le Garage
            85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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            1. re: The Librarian

              Updating this thread: we went for the first time last week, and I liked Le Garage. We got a seat outdoors, and it was so pleasant to dine outside and feel sunshine (my neighborhood in SF has been more cold and gray than usual this "summer.")

              We had the duck confit, squash blossoms with chevre, beef tartar with a quail's egg. All were good, particularly the confit. The only disappointing course was dessert--a stodgy clafoutis that didn't have any life in it. Not particularly flavorful cherries; batter was tired and overly dense.

              1. re: pane

                I had the squash blossoms last summer and thought they were delicious.

            2. Interesting topic albeit an old thread. When I hear "jump the shark" I think of a once great franchise having to resort to doing something outlandish in order to drum up interest (like the Fonz jumping a shark on his motorcycle).

              Just using Open Table hardly fits that bill, but what about 1000-point tables? Is that a sign of a restaurant in decline?

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              1. re: Civil Bear

                Jumped the shark on water skis wearing his motorcycle jacket.
                http://static.tvgcdn.net/MediaBin/Con...

                1. re: wolfe

                  Ah yes...how could I have possibly forgotten!