What a difference a year makes! A year ago, I reviewed this restaurant in a posting entitled "As Good As It Gets", and gave it a rating of 5 in all categories. We just had dinner there, and it was quite frankly one of the poorest dining experiences we've ever had on the Monterey Peninsula. Our food ranged from dreadful to mediocre at best. In the dreadful category was an "artichoke soup" in which the only flavor detectable in the broth was salt, and perhaps chicken stock. There were four small pieces of artichoke in the soup, although the broth was "garnished" with four large escargots and abundant fatty ham hock...bizarre additions to an artichoke soup. It was as though they threw the weeks leftovers in a pot and decided to call it artichoke soup. Also strangely, it was served in a severely and multiply chipped bowl. When I pointed this out to a manager, he said that the chef was trying to portray a "shabby chic" look...truly weird. The rest of our food was edible, but everything was pretty flavorless, but very salty.
We engaged in conversation a couple sitting next to us. They barely touched their starters, and only tasted their entrees. They said they were going to eat elsewhere after leaving 1833. Strangely, when their uneaten entrees were removed from the table, no question was raised as to whether or not anything was wrong. When my barely touched "artichoke soup" was removed, likewise nothing was said. Certainly not the sign of a restaurant where the chef cares about pleasing his patrons.
Obviously the above comments reflect not only upon the food, but on the service which was equally poor. Lastly, although the restaurant is only a year or two old, it's sadly beginning to look a bit worn.
I think that unfortunately what was once a terrific restaurant is now very poor, and I can in no way recommend it.
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