I have no idea how so many people gave such positive reviews for the food hear. I can assure you that the food is not good. The seafood is not fresh, and the dishes are pedestrian at best. I have a feeling that more people who left positive reviews live in land locked states where they think Red Lobster is good seafood. We stayed at Ladera so we ate here a couple of times. The quality of the food did not hold up to the extremely steep price tags on the food. Also, I have to question the quality of their bar. We were having a drink at the bar one afternoon. We watched the bar tender hand someone else an empty handle of Absolute Vodka and a funnel. Five minutes later the guy returned with a fully handle and the funnel. The bar tender put it back in the freezer. Take from that what you will.
In Anthony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential he talks about how kitchens you can't see are notoriously grosser than you would like to think. Bourdain recommends gauging a restaurant's kitchen's cleanliness by the bathrooms at the restaurant. I've found this to be a good comparison. He points out that if a place doesn't keep the bathroom clean and they know you see the bathroom, you can assume they are putting even less into keeping their kitchen clean. The bathrooms here are not well maintained. If you are staying at a different resort, I would not recommend going out of your way to book a dinner here.
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