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“Awful experience - never again”
Review of The Dining Room

The Dining Room
Ranked #84 of 149 Restaurants in St. Andrews
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We wanted to experience a lovely lunch - and were hugely disappointed. When we came at 12.15 pm, there was just one gentleman eating there. HeI left about 15 minutes after we came. We ordered quite quickly. Then came quite a few Asian guests. We got our starters at 12.40 pm. Then all other guests got their starters, their main courses - and we waited and waited and waited, At 1.15 pm we were told it wouldn't be long now. We ordered nothing special, everything was from the lunch menu. At 1.40 pm, we got got our mains. 2 were okay, one was absolutely tasteless. We would have returned it - but we were already much too late and could not afford more waiting time. The guy serving there, was always chatting with the other guests and we felt completely ignored. Will never go there again.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

5 of us Went here for a meal whilst visiting St. Andrews. The place was near on empty when we went in. All though the food was fairly filling I didn't think it was all that and actually fairly average and was a bit pricey for what it was. The service was ok. I would eat there again but wouldn't be my first choice. A fairly average meal.

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Thank Alexpf
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We visited midweek without making a reservation and had no trouble getting a table. The staff were very friendly and efficient. They could not have been more so. From where I was seated I could at times see the area behind the bar where there was a hand washing sink. This was used repeatedly by staff and the overall cleanliness of the place is good. We had a very nice authentic meal for two, beautifully presented. The restaurant decor is not plush but quite rustic iand it is pleasant and relaxing. It is located in one of the many closes (lanes) off Market street. Ther were lots of golfers and locals eating there. I would recommend it.

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Thank cthompson322
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Unfriendly and inefficient staff. We were made to wait downstairs before being shown to our table despite having a reservation, then were seated in the upstairs room, which is in desperate need of refurbishment. The food is still OK - we have been eating there for years, although primarily takeaway. Unfortunately it is unbelievably expensive for what is really just decent Chinese food. The staff did not seem to communicate with each other, as three waiters/waitresses came over to ask about the same things. Every time we finished a course, the waitress would come and ask whether she should bring the next course - I have previously worked in hospitality myself and thought it was a given that once the starter's finished the main should arrive. It was also unusual that when the drinks arrived on a tray, it was put down at the end of the table and left, so we had to help ourselves to glasses and bottles from it. Won't go back here anytime soon.

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Thank EdinExplorer
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We came upon The Dining Room almost by accident. We were looking for lunch, and saw a sidewalk sign, so decided to try it. First clue that it was good - we were the only Caucasians there. We weren't sure what some of the items were on the menu, and the server was very gracious about explaining the options. We ordered the set menu, with Korean style tempura mushrooms and Chinese chicken wings. Both were excellent. We had Singapore noodles and a beef noodle dish the server recommended, and they were very tasty. After some issues with other ethnic restaurants in the UK, we were pleasantly surprised to find such a good Chinese restaurant in St. Andrews.

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Thank MumsyJes
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