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“Good atmosphere but dissapointing food.”
Review of GamlaVaerket

Ranked #20 of 69 Restaurants in Sandnes
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Ved Gamla Værket, i sentrum av Sandnes, trakteres flere særpregede spisesteder av historisk karakter under ett og samme tak. I restauranten legges stor vekt på at menyen bygger på lokale mattradisjoner og de beste råvarene fra distriktet, særegne for årstiden. Som en del av Værket finnes også Ringovnen selskapslokaler, der det holdes festmiddager i den gamle, stemningsfulle brennerovnen med plass for 20. På Emanuels Plass finner du et gjestfritt bakeri som er åpent for kulturelle innslag. Lett og variert spisetilbud, kaffemeny, samt et godt utvalg av alkoholholdig drikke. 
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere but dissapointing food.”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

This place might not be first choice for a burger for many, but still, it is on the (luch) menu and at the price they charge is should have been a lot better!

Visited July 2012
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
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  • Swedish first
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English first
Houston, Texas
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Good food, average service and value”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

The restaurant in Gamlaverket is a big part of the hotel and a lot of locals use it for both business and private dinners, even though the latter is clearly in minority.
The menu consists of a variation between local and more intentional food. It seem like they want to belong to the best restaurants, they might be in Sandnes, but compare to other ones in Norway they still have a way to go.
The food at Gamlaverket varies from very good to below average, main problem is cold food when they are busy.
The other main problem is related to the service, most of the waiters are very inexperienced, they forget you for long periods during the meal. They are all very friendly and have a great attitude, but as mentioned above, they have unfortunately a management that do not enusre they get required training. There are of course some exceptions, one is the female waiter we had from Lithuania, she was fantastic!
The wine selection is below average if they want to be a top restaurant, even in Sandnes.

One of the reasons there are mostly business dinner is probably due to the price which is too high for the quality you get.

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank GeoTravel49
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Sandnes, Norway
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Sloppy service, nice room”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

The waitress seemed to be hired from the street... didn't know the menu, slow to act, didn't pour anything for us. Otherwise the meal was ok.

Visited July 2012
Thank Trond B
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Stavanger, Noruega
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2012

... but still it didn´t save a four stars experience for this place.
It´s amazing how cozy & beautiful the place is. It´s very central, if you are at Sandnes. The city is one of those that you don´t expect much, if you are used to refinament of main locations in the world. And still the city offer that place, pretend to be that tradicional and, in did, they offer much of the classics of the local culinary & shows the local pottery, whicht I appreciate a lot.

What wasn´t right? The service was indiferent, inpersonal, slow & devoid of culinary knowledge.
The food wasn´t that good either. By taking the steak, which was of excellent quality and the appropriate portion of a mother and her 2 children, the accompaniments were a disgrace.

The person responsible for this sauce, just let someone else there, who is not used to make food. There were lots of chilli-peppers in large pieces, until I think it's good for "mex-tai" food, in this case, it does not work.
The steak was huge so it asked for stews small vegetebles. A simple sauce or only good virgin olive oil would make a feast of flavor.
Rest the potatoes, carrots are already part of the new standard of carbohydrates.

  • Visited August 2012
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175 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Almost perfect”
Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

We have been twice at Gamlaværket recently. This place have really turned things around, in a positive direction. Great food, well educated waiters, nice atmosphere and really enjoyable. Will definitly go there again in the future.

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Thank wgjedrem
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