As this is the first review of the long established Leslie's it leads me to believe that the adage "if u can't say nothing nice, don't say anything at all" may have been followed by past diners. Although Leslies was endorsed by the locals whom we had mentioned it to beforehand as our dinner choice, now we just cannot fathom why. We were told upon arrival that the kitchen was "running late" and yes it was Valentines day, but at 7:00 should they be that far behind already? We were seated in a tiny bar area where the frantic hostess became the frantic bartender and the inept show began as she advised us that she did not know how far up the glass she should fill our red wine. Then she poured us a wrong selection, a higher priced one of course. It was higher by only .75 but .75 X 4 or 5 glasses billed plus tax/tip did add up. Just as bad was the martini reqest I watched her make w/ out adding the required Vermouth ..ouch! ONE HOUR and 15 mins after our reservation time, we were still waiting in the bar and were now observing other parties of 2 being seated ahead of us. When I inquired, I was told that the people at "our table" were still there. "Our table" ?? Apparently , we were "assigned" a table and too bad for us that there were diners "running up their bar bill still sitting at your table" while other tables for 2 opened up. Finally seated, we then waited 15 minutes as servers chaotically ran around along w/ the hostess/bartender frantically waving her reservation sheet. When our server finally appeared, I casually suggested that since we had now been waiting 1 hr and 45 min. that a comp. wine might be a nice gesture. That 'suggestion" was passed onto management and then simply ignored and never addressed one way or another, even by the owner Leslie passing by and ignoring our table several times knowing that we were not totally happy w/ our lengthy wait. A simple acknowledgement and/or apology would generally be the custom in better restaurants. Needless to say, there was NO attempt of ANY gesture on their part for our inconvenience. After having to "request" our bread/butter basket because we were so hungry by this point, we ordered the house "special" Seafood Pescatora. Following a bland, non-descript salad of iceberg and cherry tomatoes, we realized that the kitchen was certainly not behind because of the care that they had put into the main dish. While the scallops and shrimp were cooked properly, they were "swimming" in oil alongside spears of off color, over cooked wilted asparagus which were also drowning in the same oil. The main dining room is simply one large "barn like' room offering very little ambience for a supposed fine dining reastaurant with background music too low to offset other diners rconversations and lighting too bright to provide any sense of warmth or intimacy. I would not recommend this restaurant. For Valentines Day the experience was a killer and for any other time it would simply have been a poor experience. Holidays come around at the same time every year, there was a very limited menu of perhaps 5 entrees being offered that evening and holidays should not serve as an excuse for poor service and food quality. Better restaurants prepare and plan appropriately for volume.
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