We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Fetishes. We've heard excellent comments about the cuisine for years. The food was indeed excellent – Caesar salad, steak Diane and bananas foster … all cooked tableside. We were, however, extremely disappointed with the service. It was very slow, even for an upscale restaurant: we were there for 3 hours! It was the timing between courses that was so inconsistent. We think we easily waited 40 minutes between our salads and entrées. When the owner (who is the only one who cooks tableside) rolled the cart over to our table to cook dinner, he asked us if we had been served our sorbet. We said “no.” Oddly, we never did get the sorbet. We thought that the owner was very distracted while making our dishes tableside; constantly leaving to do something else and then returning. At one point, even the hostess acknowledged that we were waiting a long time for our food (she called us "the patient people"). At the end of the evening, we thought it would have been a nice gesture for the restaurant to comp our dessert (just one even; not both), since they knew it was our anniversary and we had waited so patiently all evening and had not been served our sorbet. That was not the case. We understand that there was a large private party (10 people) at the restaurant that evening, but that is no excuse for compromising the service you give to other paying guests. For the prices charged at Fetishes (including an automatic 17% gratuity), we expected perfection in food and service. You have to deliver on both if you want customers to leave happy and return again.
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