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“Downhill all the way......”
Review of Ad haetzem

Ad haetzem
Ranked #64 of 135 Restaurants in Herzliya
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Actually best steack house in herzlia has been there for more then 20 years am very estonished nobody ever comented this herzlia restaurant.
Israel
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Downhill all the way......”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

This used to be our go to restaurant, a restaurant that never failed to be great - service, food, atmosphere....... the best steak restaurant in Herzliya. Our family have enjoyed this place for no less than twenty years !
Last week, after a long business trip abroad, I arrived home and was met by the family at the airport, so why not take them all for a lovely meal at Ad Haetzem for a special treat.
We haven't eaten at this place for the past year, and apparently, during this period, the ownership has changed, and unfortunately this is reflected in our dining experience.
We ordered our usual.
Potato halves filled with cheese and bacon - satisfactory
Fried Onion ring loaf - overfried and soaked in oil. Not good.
Beef Carpaccio - slices of meat, too thick, some dry rocca leaves in the centre (hadnt been washed) a few slices of cheese scattered around (used to be parmesan but I dont think so anymore) and a few splashes of a brown colour sauce that did absolutely nothing to save this dish. This dish used to have fresh olive olive, fresh rock salt, fresh Balsamic vinegar, fresh rocca, excellent parmesan - and the meat used to be wafer thin and just delicious. No more.... we left most on the plate.
Fresh salad - the famous restaurant salad, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion rings and the famous mustard vineagrette - again, gone. We were served with a bowl of these vegetables, including lettuce roots complete with sand particles which we returned. This was replaced.... with the same, and we just left most of it in the bowl. In the past, we used to wipe the bowl clean with brown bread - even today, the dressing just doesnt taste the same.
Moving on to the main course, the kids ordered burgers and french fries. There isnt much you can do wrong in a burger, and these were satisfactory, even though it was clear that the buns used were also of inferior quality to those of the past.
My wife and I shared a filet steak, which was under cooked, yet edible - however, far far inferior from the quality of meat to which we have become accustomed over the many years at this previously excellent restaurant.
We did not order dessert as we had had just enough of the restaurant's poor quality food.
When the waitress came and asked us whether we had enjoyed our meal, we honestly told her that we hadnt, and when she told us that the establishment had changed hands since our last visit, we then understood why this place is no longer the place to go to in Herzliya.
We will not be visiting Ad HaEtzem again, as there are far superior steak places to eat at, closer to home, and considerably cheaper.
What a shame.

  • Visited December 2013
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Tel-Aviv
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Reliable”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

It is relatively old place, which you can depend upon to serve you very good food with no show of. Not fancy, cozy, and pleasant service. Excellent burgers and other meat dishes. Do not miss the extraordinary salad sauce!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Alex0001
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Bucharest, Romania
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“One of the worse experiences”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Actuallly I will write the review regarding the Airport City branch but is the same chain and the same bad food at very high prices.
We were a table of 10 celebrating something.
Ordering the table in advance we were sited right in the sun at 15:00 in the afternoon.
It was so hot that I almost fainted. Service very slow and bad. After we finished to eat all the starters we received the bread....they say that they make it but it was only heated in an oven.
Anyway ,that is not the way to serve it.
The dishes by themself are just bad ,everything is prepared in the same way: deep fry. If you have any problem with your digestion ,better stay away....
The main also ,all sorts of curious sauces ,the only choice without "marinade" was a piece of beef filet served with a miniature baked potato.
Deserts also very disappointing so I said "pas".
Very expensive for this class of place,never ever again rom my point of view.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank wlaura
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“best ribs and burger in israel”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

this is certainly the restaurant in which you can have the best burger and ribs in Israel. the place is working for many years and is very solid. suitable for dinner and also for business lunch. go and enjoy....

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank almog d
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Herzliya, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
351 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“great tasty meat in a simple setting”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

I love the food, clean, served always in the right temperature and cooking, service is good. a bit noisy, especially during weekends. prices are reasonable for serving sizes.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Zippi_11
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