The Hatch Rotisserie, great food but you better eat it fast or they will run you off.
My wife and I decided to try Hatch based on the overwhelmingly positive Yelp reviews. I made the only reservation that was available, which was for 5:00 pm.
We arrived a few minutes early and our table was ready. Our service was initially great. Our server was very knowledgeable and help us with our choices. The food was delicious. I had the rotisserie chicken and my wife had the shrimp and grits. We also had a very tasty roasted carrot side and we shared a delicious butter lettuce salad after our entrees.
I thought it was a little strange that our food started arriving before I had even had three sips of my cocktail. Then after we had been there for about an hour, the waiter started in on a thinly vailed attempt to get us out so he could turn the table.
He told us three time that the restaurant had a pop up speakeasy across the street in an alley. Then at about 6:10 he told us that we really should have made a reservation. I told him that we did have a reservation that was booked via Yelp.
By now his tactics started to work so even though my wife still had a half a glass of wine, we decided to free up our table a grab a single stool at the bar so my wife could finish her wine.
We were immediately scolded by the hostess who informed us that we needed a reservation for that seat. I told her that we were just trying free up our table and that my wife just wanted to finish her glass of wine. She then asked us to move to a small corner in the waiting area. To which I finally just said no way we were just going to be few minutes.
At this point we felt so unwelcome that we left without finishing the wine. After dropping almost $200 on dinner I would expect better treatment.
We checked our watch when we left and it was 6:15. We were hardly lingering. I won’t go back, there is lots of good food in Paso Robles with much friendlier service.
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