Tried Manatee's Sports Grill on a whim on I believe a Tuesday night. Arrived to find a trivia game, which we participated in (was actually fun). However, I got the vibe that the place should stop cooking food and just try being a bar instead. Our table service was horrible. Our server was completely clueless: took forever to be noticed, took even longer to get drinks and our food orders were screwed up (ordered a baked potato and got baked beans, had to cut a steak with a butter knife, etc...), when he dropped off the check, I asked for a pen and he literally said "Oh, I have to pull it out of my fro," and he gave me the pen from behind his ear, which was actually buried in his hair (disgusting!), then he took about 15 minutes to pick-up our card to pay after he dropped off check and said that he wasn't sure if someone else had gotten it or not. Unfortunately, this wasn't the worst part of our experience there.
While we were waiting for the check, my wife and I very clearly overheard the waiter at the booth next to us, proudly telling very inappropriate jokes to the customers at his table. First, he started with jokes about "gay guys," then "lesbians" and finished it out with a slew of "black" jokes. All of my words in quotes are words I heard the waiter say repeatedly in his jokes and are no exaggeration. I couldn't believe my ears. Jokes like that are inappropriate in any forum ESPECIALLY when you are a waiter at a restaurant and ESPECIALLY when you're saying them loud enough to be very clearly heard by the surrounding tables. We could not believe our ears. The person seemed oblivious to the fact that the subjects of his jokes could have been (and WERE) sitting close enough to him to hear what he was saying.
After that occurred, and the trivia game ended, the place virtually cleared out. At that time, I got the feeling that the restaurant staff, and also trivia MC, were using the place as their own playground because service virtually stopped and they weren't doing much besides joking with each other and screwing around. Both my wife and I felt like we were unwelcomed guests at a party at that point and the situation felt VERY uncomfortable. I have to wonder if all of the employees are just buddies with the management or owners because it felt like we were intruding on someone's private club. I'm not sure if management at this place knows about this kind of behavior or if they're a part of it.
The experience we had at the restaurant might've been good if we wanted to go hang out at a bar. The trivia game was fun, but all of our fun stopped when the restaurant staff totally fell apart. Not only were we offended but we were made to feel uncomfortable. Needless to say, we will NEVER set foot in that place again. Additionally, I have and will continue to spread the word about our horrible experience there.
Should an owner or manager of that restaurant read this and want to dig deeper into the bigoted, racist joke-telling we heard, I can give you the date and time of our visit and the server's name who said them.
I have never experienced something like this in any restaurant, bar, or any type of business in my life. If you want to try Manatee's Sports Grill, I would advise against it but if you insist on going, I would say get there fast because I can't imagine they'll be in business very long.
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