It will be a long time before I cross Copper Gate's threshold again. On prior visits, the food was good (and to me, unusual) and the service acceptable, so we went back. This time, the stereo was cranked as if it were past midnight in a packed bar, and not handful of diners on a quiet, sunny weekday evening. Our waitress did her best, but it appeared she worked alone. When our food arrived, most of it was cold. The soup was hot enough, but the fish cakes and Swedish meatballs were cold. Not chilled, but room temperature. We took the risk of eating them anyway, because we were hungry, the place was full, and despite being cold, the food tasted good. Hopefully, it won't make us sick. And while it didn't take long for us to get our meals, adjacent tables waited considerably longer. Dirty tables sat uncleared, while the waitress zipped around trying to take orders, deliver food, and clear tables. She might have been the bartender too, but I just wanted to get out of there, so I didn't venture closer to the super-noisy bar to check. The final straw was the new arrivals, hovering 1-2 feet from tables, impatiently looking between diners, even asking if they'd be leaving soon. How rude! There should be some kind of barrier so guests can finish their meal without new customers making them feel as if they're not eating fast enough. We had appetizers, wine, and entrees, but we were there less than 45 minutes. I might return (I do love that cauliflower soup and the fish cakes), but it won't be anytime soon.
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