Our family went out for dinner there last week. We have been to 1515 before for drinks, but not food.
The waiter greeted us. He was polite, but a bit too formal (unfriendly!), and I swear he was a speed talker. No one at the table could understand him and he had to repeat everything three times before we could understand him. I finally asked him if he could possibly speak a bit slower because our brain was not fast enough to process what he was saying.
Our daughter who is a vegetarian ordered the House Ricotta Gnudi. It looked good, but it had too much Gnudi and very little vegetable. Since she is also watching her carb intake, she ate but a few of them. So we tried to have a few Gnudi, however, most of them were overcooked. The waiter offered to change the dish, but there were no other vegetarian dish on the menu, so she passed. They comped her dish, but that is not why one goes out to eat. We mush rather pay for the meal, but get something edible.
My wife ordered the fish special. It was flavorful, but it was less than 4 ounces, so she filled up with bread.
I ordered the Bouillabaisse Americana. I have had this dish in many different places, including San Francisco. It is usually served with rich broth, soup like, and full of seafood. Since I don't care for clams and mussels that much, I asked the server if the would leave them out and substitute any other seafood. He said he had to ask the chef! Very strange for a fancy restaurant! He came back and said they could do substitute, however, it would cost $3.00 more!!! Imagine, for a $32.00 dish, an upscale restaurant cannot make a simple substitute and must charge another $3.00!!! This was the first time I have been to any restaurant which considers itself to be a high-class one that had to charge for a substitute, as if there was not enough "FAT" in the $32.00 price tag for them.
Talking about "FAT", this was the smallest Bouillabaisse I have ever had. Like all other dishes, the meal was served in a HUGE plate with a cup size center for the food. I would say what I was served could easily be fit in a small soup cup. It was tasty, but hardly had any broth, which is the main ingredient for a Bouillabaisse dish. It is sad that one has to eat bread to fill himself up (we all did) after spending $32 on a dish!
The restaurant atmosphere was good, but the main restaurant is on the 2nd level, and to get to it, you must go through their bar area which looked very poor with peeling off floor paint and old furnishing.
If you are looking for fluff, you might give this restaurant a try. If you are looking for a decent, high quality food, you may want to consider other restaurants in the downtown area, and Squeaky Bean should not be one of those. It is as if both restaurants' chefs have gone to the same culinary school: attractive presentation, very little food, and way out of like prices for what you get.
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