Our lunch date was very disappointing! We should have read other reviews but we're pretty used to eating well in Carmel. We concur completely with pah8 who remarked that the place is very dirty, with the fabric on the chairs sporting a slick patina of grease around the edges where obviously thousands of hands have touched them. Orders for our drinks were taken and received quickly. My husband ordered calamari with lemon caper sauce and mashed potatoes; I ordered a Reuben sandwich. We waited a very long time and finally my husband's order arrived. To his dismay, his plate contained a very flattened, dry, breaded piece of calamari with an odd pilaf, covered with green onions and peanuts. No hint of lemon-caper sauce. Server took the plate back to the kitchen then returned it, intact, with a small bowl of mashed potatoes on the side, and told my husband could have both the pilaf and potatoes! Eventually, after finishing half his calamari, our server returned with the missing lemon sauce. Meanwhile, I waited and waited for my Reuben which came about 5 minutes after my husband's order was returned to him. It certainly was a small portion of admirably lean meat on very thick marbled rye, with a reasonable amount of cheese but no sauerkraut. The server took my meal back to the kitchen where they added a couple of tablespoons of kraut to the sandwich. I got it back a few minutes later. The restaurant was not crowded but the kitchen couldn't seem to produce meals for all people at a table at the same time. We watched the scene play out at another table. We also observed a couple come in, seat themselves, peruse the menu and finally give up on getting any attention only to leave. After they left, the bus person did not remove the silverware settings, just rearranged everything on the table. Yuck!!! As locals, we typically dine out once a week and are used to far better options than this! Kudos to our server, however, for trying to make this a better experience for us. He was quick with the check, pleasant and courteous. I think this place needs a makeover and some kind of organization in the kitchen. Skip this place in favor of the many, many other good ones on the Monterey Peninsula.
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