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“Very disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
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4-5 North Bar St | Banbury, Banbury OX16 0TB, England
01295 250507
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Ranked #117 of 156 Restaurants in Banbury
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Newport, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

You can usually rely on an Italian restaurant for good, reliable food but not this one the night we visited. Don't know if they were having a bad night (it was very busy) but the food was very disappointing - one of our party ordered pasta, which was very dry. The vegetables were very over cooked. The whitebait tasted very much frozen. The saltimbocca was the worst we've ever had. It wasn't a very good experience and probably the worst Italian food we've ever been served. I hope this was an off night rather than the norm.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Was it meant to be ironic or "traditional"?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Desperate to find a decent vegetarian meal in Banbury we decided to try Fabios. The reviews seemed to be ok, we went with open mind. Hearing shortly before going that it had changed hands but retained the same chef, we were optimistic that the new owner would be keen to impress. Oh how wrong we were.

Walking into a relatively empty restaurant we were told brusquely that they were fully booked. Luckily we had booked so first feeling of customers = inconvenient overcome.

The owner (scruffily dressed & possibly the most disinterested waiter/owner ever met) was rude beyond words. His level of engagment during taking our order was non exsistent. A bottle of wine was also ordered and it was splashed into glasses without any opportunity to try it. When commented upon he sneered, stated it was from his home town (Sicily) and would be fine, as he walked off. Strange that he had a broad midlands accent. Was he in character for being rude/mafioso type? He needed an underlying charm to carry that off - so no then.

Starters were bought quickly and, to be balanced, were all tasty & good sized portions. Then the hope that the restaurant would redeem itself fell flat. As flat as the overcooked, hard as cardboard crepe one of the party had ordered.

The main courses were 3 different choices plus a starter size crepe with side salad. It had to be this way as the veggie options were limited. We suspect that the inept order taking meant that the crepe had been kept warm for a while. Well that's giving it the benefit of the doubt as if it was cooked like that then they've found the solution to potholes. One of the party received the wrong main and it was taken away with no apology. As 3 of us
looked at our food we waited - for the replacement, an apology, anything. The side salad had also been omitted. We waited, we chased. Nothing. Obviously cooked from fresh the pasta arrived and was ok. The side salad - advertised as mixed leaves - was something a poor Little Chef would present. Rubbish. Iceberg and crass chunks of toms/cucumber. The main courses were
tasty and again decent sized portions. The bill was asked for, we were offered complimentary coffee, too little too late. The owner didnt even acknowledge us. It took them 15mins to process the bill, and that was with prompting.

I wanted to write a comprehensive review as it's important that you see the scale of the problems. This restaurant has changed names and owners. The chef is the only chance they have. But you'll need to get through rude , appalling,
inappropriate service first. It's not worth it. If the owner wants customers he needs to recruit staff who care and who can actually do the job. And he needs to take a lesson in business sense, because he will fail if he carets on like this.

One of the most unpleasant experiences we've been subjected to for a very long time.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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St Helens, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Decent little Italian.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Service was friendly and prompt, table was clean and well set.

Food was enjoyable, hot plates and decent portions.

Not pricey really. Pleasant, easy dining experience.

Visited July 2012
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We were really looking forward to going to Fabios as we had planned on the web before we went, where we were going to go and eat and we saved this for the Saturday Night. On arrival the waiter, who looked like the owner was really miserable and behaved as if he didnt want anyone there. The food was ok, but nothing special.

Visited May 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent Food...Shame about the Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

The food was really really tasty but the service was a let down. We arrived not having book at around 8pm. There was another table occupied but other then that it was empty. The waiter did not even smile at us as we walked in and this made us feel a little uncomfortable. He took our order asked if we wanted bread and then forgot to give it to us. He returned again after 15 mins asking if we wanted bread and then provided us with some stale bits of bread in a basket. The main meals however were very good. My partner had the steak and I had a chicken dish. When it came to paying the bill, the waiter produced this after 5 minutues of us finishing our main when we still had drinks remaining, we felt a little russed. He also did not make any eye contact or thank us when we left. We left feeling satisfied with our choice of food but a little disheartned to the lack of customer service we receievd.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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