While spending the winter in Naples, we found that everyone you meet be it at the pool, beach, store, etc is always ready to steer you towards a great restaurant (in their opinion). Personally, i never like to rely others recommendations simply because all of us are different.
You guessed it. We heard about Bayside from others renting at our condo and I figured why not. It was close, on the river, and seafood. And they accepted online reservations. The latest time we could get was 5 45 unless we wanted to wait until after 8. We did not. So off we went. Valet parking and seating were uneventful and as soon as we were seated or maybe before our backsides hit the chairs the waiter appeared. Told us his name, chummy in a phony sort of way. Took our drink order right away and it materialized in front of us in what seemed like a second. And, he was ready to take our order. We fended him off for a few minutes but this guy was as impatient as a sailor visiting a brothel on shore leave.
During this time, we saw another table say to this waiter, come back in 15 minutes as they nursed their drinks and looked over the menu. They had obviously been to Bayside before and were not snowbirds.
We had a few minutes to enjoy the view and the ambiance (both good) until our appetizers came out. With our salads. Never a good sign. And we had given our orders for our entrees already. Luckily, my wife and I are not slow eaters because no more then a minute after they cleared away our salad and apply plates, our entrees arrived. Maybe 20 minutes had passed since we were seated. And I don t recall any details about our food choices other then to say they were OK as in unremarkable. As we ate, the waiter hung over us to signal the busboys to clear our plates, and we the ordered dessert only to prolong our stay beyond 40 minutes or so. Of course, the check was slapped down with our dessert and coffee.
Not feeling comfortable to dawdle at this point, we finished and left for our car. I checked my watch and from start to finish, 55 minutes had passed. This for a restaurant no doubt considering itself upscale and trendy. Well, maybe not trendy.
Funny, it seemed like we waited almost as long for the car as it took for our meal. The waiters and valet staff should think about switching jobs. And the bill for all this fast food including tax and tip was $180. No lobster. Not on the menu.
Still looking for a good seafood restaurant in Naples. As they used to say in Brooklyn, "wait til next year.
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