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“Great food, if only waiters were as good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grill James

Grill James
Ranked #83 of 140 Restaurants in Karlovy Vary
Cuisines: Steakhouse, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great food, if only waiters were as good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

We go to karlovy vary every 6 month for the past 10 years due to health condition of my mum. So, we've been to most restaurants there. And we've been to James grill many times. The food is great, life music is lovely and it is on a canal, so view is also perfect.

However one day we came there, odered the same dishes as we normally do and got absolutely different rubish something... The steak was half size and seafood was not with big prawns, but with little shripms. As we found out later, the owner of this lovely place was away and the personel was making 2 dishes out of 1. Price for one they then gave to the owner and for the second they devided between personel.

The annoying thing was that the waiter Kolya (from russia) knew us very well, he remembered our names and knew that we perfectly know what the dishes should be like, but still he tried to do this to us. I guess this tactic works well with people that never been there before.

My advice would be to go there only when the owner is personally there. It's a shame that such a good restaurant with great food is spoiled by cons. And poor owner... they con him first of all.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • Czech first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Warrington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Super Steaks, well presented, great service, good loaction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is now our favourite restaurant in Karlovy Vary - this is our second trip here. It is located on the canal very central. There is an out door area with heaters but we chose to eat iside. The restaurant is upstairs. the stairs entrance is not great but when you get there the room is great!
Food was good - steak was exceptional. I had fish which was good but I regret not ordering a steak. The service was really good - speaking good English (and I believe Russian and German). Wine was also good.
A must!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank JohnandDee2010
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