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“Good food, while service is hit or miss” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carrabba's Italian Grill

Carrabba's Italian Grill
2680 Gulf to Bay, Clearwater, FL 33764-5013
727-712-0844
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Ranked #85 of 615 Restaurants in Clearwater
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Someplace nice and warm
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“Good food, while service is hit or miss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

When we last had dinner at Carrabba's, it was one of those occasions where the waitress seemed to be a bit scattered-brained, e.g., bringing another batch of bread but forgetting to also serve another small dish with spice/herb mix and olive oil for dipping it into. If the restaurant had been really busy, this would have been more understandable, but since there wasn't much going on in her section, this was disappointing. Also, she took her merry time to check for refills on beverages or whether we needed anything. At some point she must have noticed that she had somewhat neglected us (or maybe one of the many other waiters and waitresses pointed it out to her), which is when she was briefly very apologetic, albeit without offering any explanation as to what might have happened. To add insult to injury, the last batch of bread she brought must have been reheated several times given that it had about a 0.5 to 0.75 inch rock-hard layer inside the crust. But when she was clearing the table she grabbed everything so fast that none of us had time to swallow and mention this to her before she was already gone again. When she then brought dessert, the dish also must have been sitting out for quite some time, since the fritter part and pan had already cooled down considerably and were only lukewarm instead of searing hot, thereby robbing us of the normally excellent contrast between the apple frittata and huge vanilla ice cream ball in the center. We probably should have said something, but at that point we were so fed up that we just paid the tab and left. Sad, though, to see how one inattentive and/or distracted waitress in combination with a couple of faux pas in the kitchen can ruin a normally quite excellent dining experience.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

Great food and service

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Italian food ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2009

Better Italian food together with great service is very hard to find. When you sit down and read through the menu it is so difficult to choose,so many inspiring dishes.We took as a starter mussels in a pernod based sauce,the best tasting mussels i have ever had. And at only 11 dollars for a full portion a great value buy.A must!

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“Always delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

Always delicious!

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“one of my favorites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2008

one of my favorites

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