I've been to Rod's a few times over the past few years and my first two visits were exceptional. Unfortunately, something has changed and my last three or four visits have left something to be desired. Rod's is a classic steakhouse with the heavy wood paneling and dark colors and also has an interesting train car area you can eat at. Our first two visits left us very satisfied and looking forward to coming back. Our next visit we felt very rushed and couldn't really enjoy our meals, which is unfortunate because this is a pretty expensive restaurant. The next visit was on New Years Eve and was a fixed menu and the restaurant was only having certain seatings, which we were fine with and fully expected for a night like that. The meals were served cold, I had undercooked pasta, and everything was just underwhelming, except for the price, which was very high.
We chalked it up to being a fixed menu day and decided to give Rod's one last try. Unfortunately, this was an even worse experience. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and was told that we would have about a 10 minute wait so we went to the bar, right behind the hostess station, and had a drink. About 20 minutes passed and I went to the hostess to ask for our status. She told us that our table was given away because we did not come to her when called. We were about 10 feet away from her and were not called at all so so got into a huff and said it'll be another 15 minutes and she'll "find" a table for us. There was no apology and that put a very bad taste in my mouth. About 20 minutes after that we were finally seated and menus were essentially thrown in front of us and the hostess stomped off. Our waiter was very friendly and came to see us right away to explain the menu and tell us about specials. My s.o. wanted the prime rib but apparently it was already sold out, at 7:30 on a Saturday night. At a steakhouse, this is unacceptable. He settled for a different type of steak but was disappointed, he had been looking forward to the prime rib. His steak was fine and my meal was fine as well but there was nothing special and for the price you pay, you expect something special. I could have had the same meal at Longhorn and paid less than half of what we did that night. We will not be returning to Rod's anytime soon.
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