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Bobby Van's Grill
Posted by anonymous on 11/18/2013
Called on Thursday to make a reservation for Saturday. Guy took down all my information and said we were good to go for Saturday at 8:00pm. When Saturday rolled around my girlfriend and I were extremely excited for date night. She spent over an hour getting ready and we had to leave the house by 7 to get to the restaurant on time. When we arrived, we stood at the unmanned hostess stand for a few minutes without anyone acknowledging we were there. Finally, a server came over and asked if we were looking to have dinner tonight. I mentioned my reservation and he told me flat out that I did NOT have a reservation. I explained that I had called the other day and he then questioned if I called the right restaurant. I assured him I called the correct establishment, but to no avail. He claimed they were having a private party that night and we would not be eating there. So after days of anticipation, hours of preparation, and minutes of confusion, we left Bobby Van's with only two things: our intelligence questioned and a sour taste in our mouths. I have never ate at Bobby Van's, nor will I ever.
Posted by Rich N. on 08/03/2011
We went there for a small company lunch and I ordered one of the specials for the day - a turkey wrap which sounded pretty good according to the server. You would think it would have been quality meat, like shaved turkey or something appetizing. What it turned out to be was that cheap, processed lunch meat you find hanging in the supermarket cold cuts section. Not the higher quality stuff - rather the cheapie stuff. One big, wet, thick slimy piece of processed "turkey" rolled inside a wrap. I mean, even fast food establishments make better wraps than this. Don't know what it cost, as I didn't pay, but I'm sure it was way too much. I should have rejected it and ordered another item, but we didn't have much time unfortunately.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2010
i been in bobby vans grill for lunch and dinner and the whole place is a joke i mean they dont even give you a good service unless you are wearing a suit and order a bottle of wine. the waiter forgot our table for almost 20 minutes and when he came back he was smelling like cigarette so im never coming back to that place.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2008
Outstanding steak and crabcakes!! Best I have ever had... and we have been around the world. The filet cut was perfect and medium rare actually was medium rare- better than Ruth's Chris and Morton's by far. The wait staff's knowledge of the menu and attention to detail was better than most establishments. Well worth it!!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2008
I have been to this new Bobby Van's several times for lunch and dinner. There is not another steakhouse in the city I would rather go to. The value for dinner is the best I have seen for steaks and wine. I also go all the time for lunch because the menu is so large I can always find something I am in the mood for. I live in the neighborhood and find it hard not to go whenever I get a chance.
Posted by ZRRIFLE on 01/17/2008
Been here twice for business lunches, mainly because it's right across the street from where we work. Food: Well prepared for the most part, but pretty bland - especially for the price. Service: Most of the servers are foreigners, some barely speaking English (espanol enyone?). The head server was a real clown, tried to act funny with lame jokes and thought he was entertaining us, when in fact he was rather crude and offensive with his juvenile humor. Being the CEO was amongst us one of the visits, I chose not to put him in his place. Another time the server spilled a glass of water all over the lap of somebody in our group. They also have a tendency to be forgetful when you request things. Atmosphere: Nice atmosphere, classy clientele for the most part. Attractive interior, nice floors. My opinion: I'm wondering how long this place will stay in business, despite the large lunch crowds. Again, bland/mediocre food, clumsy service, and quite expensive for what you get. If it wasn't for the Bobby Van's name, I don't think this place would still be on the map.