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Bruno in Wake Forest, NC Anyone been?

burgeoningfoodie Feb 18, 2011 08:18 AM

The recent review in the News and Observer piqued my interest. Can anyone vouch?

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  1. Tehama RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 17, 2013 05:54 AM

    We are going there for dinner on Friday - I'll be sure to report back. We haven't been before, but have heard really good things.

    1. Tehama RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 19, 2013 07:57 AM

      Good morning, all. Well, went to Bruno last night for our anniversary, and I'm afraid it was a miss for me. There were some pleasant parts, so please feel free to let me know what I missed if anyone else has been.

      * Very high ceilings (exposed), which made it very noisy, even for such small place. They need to ad much more fabric to absorb all the chatter
      * We had reservations and still had to wait 10/15 minutes for our table.
      * One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is the wait staff not taking the drink order fairly soon after being seated. I am much more happy to sit in a place all freaking night if I have a martini keeping me company. It took a long time for the waitress to come to the table to take drink order. I had to flag her down.
      * Slow service. We were there from like 8:15 - 10:00, I think. I think I saw 3 wait staff + a water/bread server. I think the problem was they need to add kitchen staff. The dining room is small, so I think the slowness is coming from the kitchen-side.
      * I wasn't particularly tantalized by the menu, but please judge for yourselves: www.brunoraleigh.com/‎

      * Nice bread that was brought (and refilled later
      )* I don't generally eat a whole bunch at dinner time, so I just ordered the Oysters Rockerfeller from the appetizer menu and the flavor was fantastic. I mean, cheese, bacon & spinach will make anything delicious, I guess. The oysters were fairly small, but it isn't quite oyster season yet, I suppose.
      * BF ordered snapper and he was very pleased with it. It came with some clams on the side, I think. To me, it was a touch overcooked, but not bad
      * BF got a side of fettucini with braised meat and he described it as "nice." He is very picky with pasta, so someone else may rave about it.

      We got a slice of ricotta cheesecake for dessert and I can't decide if I liked it or not.

      We had a bottle of champagne (anniversary), my Oysters Rockerfeller, Snapper entree, and cheesecake was $123

      The food was definitely good, but, well.... I probably don't have any desire to go back. I really wanted to like it, but there was just something missing for me.

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