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“Don't let your bowels get tied into knots” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Strings Italian Cafe

Strings Italian Cafe
2314 W Kettleman Ln, Ste 100, Lodi, CA 95242-4126
209-251-2071
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Ranked #50 of 151 Restaurants in Lodi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Carlin, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Don't let your bowels get tied into knots”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

This had become my parents’ favorite place to eat after church, however, not anymore. Strings offered a deal where if you purchased X amount of gift certificates they would give you X plus more for spending so much money. Example: spend 200 dollars on certificates; Strings will give you an additional 50 dollar certificate. Fine at first, 8 guest and my folks would use 3 gift certificates worth 50 dollars each towards the meal. Then Strings started refusing to accept their own gift certificates, even though it was not printed on the certificate that only one could be used per visit. Strings manager told my folks they could only use one gift certificate per visit. Strike One!
String makes no entrees there; everything you order comes in a pouch that they heat up. They changed the salad and the breadstick to lettuce and oily dough. We were getting sick off the food; either an upset stomach or diarrhea. Pretty soon my folks couldn't get anyone to eat with them even for a free meal because we all got sick from the food. Strike Two!
Service was usually good except for refills. But it doesn’t matter unless you’re constipated and need a good cleansing. Strike Three!

  • Visited April 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Lodi, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Consistent tasting food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

The soup and pasta are very good. Service is usually very good. Prices are reasonable. Good for families, children eat free on Sunday and Monday. Also, Wed. all you can eat pasta. Good place to eat.

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Sacramento, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The food is great, large portions. The service is good. Reasonable prices.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Strings Italian Cafe- Lodi December 2011”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

Very good size portions. Service was fair.Location was very convenient for stores and markets. Price was reasonable for the quantity of food. Great salad and bread.

Visited December 2011
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Palm Springs, California
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“Obscure location - Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

After a bit of wine at the wonderful wineries along Lodi's State Highway 12, we looked for a place to have a casual lunch. An iPad app directed us to Strings Italian Cafe located in a shopping center on Kettleman (which become Hiway 12). They had to rearrange the tables to seat all eight of us, but that was done quickly and without fuss. Service was quick and efficient and the food was excellent. Fried raviolis were to die for with a sauce that let the ravioli stand on its own. Lasagne was excellent as was plain old spaghetti with meatballs. We don't say this too often, but when we're stuck in Lodi again we will definitely revisit Strings!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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