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Mar 6, 2011 05:49 AM

FORK & SCREEN Menlo Park anyone been?

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  1. I've been there two or three times. I think the idea is great, and I don't mind paying extra money for the experience, but the entree's leave something to be desired.

    By reading your posts here, I'd put money on it that you would be disappointed if you ate dinner here.

    Think Applebee's food prepared not so greatly.

    With that said.. I think its a great idea, and a fun night out.. but as far as the food, I would stick to appetizers (fried mozzarella, french fries, etc) and maybe pop corn and drinks.

    It is pretty cool to have a server bring you beer and cocktails while reclining and watching a movie.

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    1. re: coldsolderjoint

      coldsolderjoint ...thank you for your review.... I really wasn't expecting greatness but just a step above decent snack food. I guess a Martini or Two could quell the food experience & maybe coupled with a good Movie could prove to be an enjoyable experience all around. Or maybe Dinner before or after the show. I would like to see a few more of these style cinemas in more places around NJ also.

      Take Care

      1. re: Tapas52

        There's one in West Orange, too--at the Essex Green shopping center.

        Coldsolderjoint, how were the drink prices? Are they pillaging as badly as they do at the concession stand? And how much of an interruption is it to the movie watching? That's what I keep wondering about...

    2. being able to order a scotch, in a red leather chair, with no annoying kids, while watching a movie is very much worth it...and I've been there a few times.

      The food, yeah, don't expect much I'd say, the above poster. But, not overpriced liek you think it would. Stick to the staples...fried anything, burger...and you'll be OK. Milkshake even.

      I think this place is really awesome, just don't go in thinking you're going to have michelin 3 star food.

      I will say, the service is absolutely excellent, and better than you'll get in most restaurants (so far I've been 3 or 4 times, and it's been consistent).

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      1. re: RPMcMurphy

        how does it work when you go in? you ask for the luxury seats and pay at the window or?
        is it a special section?

        1. re: Tapas52

          The whole theatre is like that. Since it's assigned seating, best to buy online before you go. There are 2 types or 'levels' of theaters in the place. One with big red leather recliners, and the other is more casual. I forget which is which. Try the big red recliner one first.

          The way they charge is pay for the movie ticket...then you pay for the 'experience' fee, which is 10 or 15 depending on the theater level (big red recliner vs. casual) . That money is put towards your food though. I guess they just want to make sure you don't go see the movie there and not order any food. Prices are pretty good...21$ for 5 beers i think, 6$ unlimited popcorn.

          It's truely made going to the movies, enjoyable.

          1. re: RPMcMurphy

            RPMcMurphy...thanx I'll have to get over there asap ......sounds great.

            1. re: Tapas52

              I'll echo that thanks--good to know they're not getting insane on the drink prices!

        2. re: RPMcMurphy

          That's been my experience also. It's also pretty cool to arrive a little early and have a cocktail or beer at the bar in the main lobby. We've had some pretty good bartenders.

        3. I haven;t been, but I was just talking to a friend who went and said she spent $39. I know she doesn't drink alcohol, so this had to be for food and movie only. I am on a budget, so from her experience, I have decided not to go there.

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          1. re: Applecheeks

            39$ for dinner and a movie. Let's break it down...

            First, the movie is the same price as any other movie....10$

            Then the 15$ "experience" charge, which is credit towards your dinner.

            Dinner entrees are priced on average of 12$, with apps maybe 8-12$. Drinks...maybe 3$?

            Where do you go that dinner entrees are much cheaper than 12$?

            if 39$ is with tip, I'd say that's cheap!

            10$ movie
            8$ app
            12$ entree
            3$ drink
            6$ tip

          2. We went last week and were underwhelmed. It was disruptive to have servers darting between scenes, and the food was at best mediocre. They forgot our order, which required ringing again for the server (further interrupting the movie) , and my chardonnay became white zinfandel -- another interruption to correct. While the seats were spacious and the concept fun, the execution was lacking. We'll order pizza and do netflix next time -- for much less $.

            1. I have been there twice with two distinctly different experiences. First - Me and the misses went to see Black Swan in their cinema suites the week they opened. - it was $50 total (tickets and food). Everything went off without a hitch. Her and I both shared an app, we both ordered the roast beef sandwiches, and two sodas. Great time! Loved the seats...the food was decent. Couldnt wait to try again. I didtnt feel the servers detracted from the movie but YMMV. Afterwards, I think we both said we would never go to another movie theatre again

              Second time - well, I guess this is where good old "Murphy's Law" said "not so fast" Server was completely in the weeds - we got our food but never got our drinks - Reminded her twice...yup nothing. I take it others that night experienced the same service as a manager/supervisor addressed the audience at the end of the film stating that the handhelds were malfuncitong and everyone was quite sorry. They made good though with tons of coupons for free admission, free apps, etc., etc...

              I would so go again. Although I highly recommend buying your seats ahead of time. Ive noticed they get super busy - we have been shutout twice trying to walk-up and purchasing tickets.