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“Deteriorating service/food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Garlic

The Garlic
556 East Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 424-6660
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
USA
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“Deteriorating service/food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Been to the Garlic a few times, twice in the last month, and have noticed a significant deterioration with the food the service. Reception/hostess staff are extremely rude and need additional training. Fully understand that this is a busy restaurant, mostly due to lack of choices in this quaint town. Nonetheless, there is no excuse to herd people waiting in line or yell at them stand to the left or you won't get your name on the list," etc. Also understand restaurant recently expanded and thy are serving a larger volume of people. Unfortunately, this came with a price for customers. Food quality has significantly deteriorated. You will often get cold food, undercooked meat/vegtables and your wait time for the food to arrive is nearly 90 minutes from order, at least in our case it was 80-90 minutes each time. This is a great place to return for a drink and enjoyment of the live music, but perhaps before or after dinner elsewhere.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Have deep pockets !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Excellent Tenderloin, atmosphere okay. The chef's salad (which was an up-sell ) was fair at best. The service was good, almost great but not excellent . I spent $180.00 for three people with one drink per person and one appetizer. I was disappointed that someone decided to charge extra for three tablespoons of béarnaise . This extra charge may be the reason I never go back. I don't mind spending money on food but this additional charge of merely 3 or 4 dollars just rubs me the wrong way. I eat out at least one meal a day so I feel I am very experienced and know what to expect as normal. I would caution people that they should expect to drop a couple bucks when here.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Incredible atmosphere, impeccable food, neat bar scene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you appreciate a good atmosphere, you'll love this place. It's an outdoor venue but it feels like the interior of a restaurant in Italy. The restaurant is divided into two sections, each featuring a cool bar. Each segment is decorated in a different style, and the drink selection is great. But let's not forget the food. The Garlic has really good, authentic Italian food. I had the ravioli, and it was phenomenal. The portions are very large, so prepare yourself for leftovers. Whether you're wanting a nice meal or to have a few drinks with friends, The Garlic is the place.

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Orlando, Florida
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“Best restaurant in NSB”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best restaurant in NSB. Great food and ambiance. Open for dinner only. You must try the Blue Bar attached also - different menu

Visited July 2014
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“My favorite resturant in the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The best resturant in New Smyrna beach, by far! This is my second time coming, we went once last summer and it was great. This year was even better, fresh food. Cool little resturant! The people next to us had never been there before and the guy ordered pasta with meatballs. The meatball was one huge meatball, atleast a pound of meat, it was so fun watching them take pictures of it. We will definatly be back soon!!!

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