We dined at Aria on the evening of February 1st. We spent some time looking for it, because the restaurant name wasn't lit up on the outside, and we didn't see it at first. We arrived on time for our reservation, and were greeted warmly by two female hostesses. Although the restaurant wasn't busy (strange for a Saturday night at 7 p.m., I thought), we were told that our table wasn't quite ready and it would be a few minutes. We decided to use the restroom first, which isn't actually in the restaurant, but off the lobby in the building that the restaurant is in. Once seated, our waiter appeared and we ordered cocktails (which were very good) and then our dinners off the special Winterlicious menu. After that point, our waiter, though seemingly polite enough, kept disappearing for long periods of time. We were never asked if we wanted another cocktail and the cocktail menu was never taken off the table. We were served our courses by a gentleman that mixed up our order, but couldn't understand what we were saying because he obviously didn't speak English (meanwhile, still no waiter to be found). The appetizer (scallops) was very good, the main course (pasta) was good, but a little salty and the dessert was okay, but not terrific. Throughout the three courses, we were never checked on, had to flag someone down to get a cup of coffee, and later, had to stop our waiter (who just happened to be passing by) for our bill (we were never asked if we wanted a refill on the coffee, either). Our dessert plates were left on the table and never cleared (along with the cocktail menu, which was still there). Unfortunately I must give this restaurant a poor review. There doesn't seem to be consistency in service here. There is just too much competition in Toronto - especially at 'Winterlicious' time - not to get it 'right'. I'm not sure what the problem was, but it was a real disappointment for us.
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