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“beer tastes watered down, food just ok”

Bare Bones Grill and Brewery
Ranked #7 of 170 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed April 8, 2013

the microbrew they claim to make there isn't anything special. and the food wasn't that great either, probably won't be returning

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Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

It had been awhile since we had been to this establishment so we thought we would have a good experience. Once seated we ordered beer. After the waitress watched tv for 5 minutes while the beer got warm she decided to bring it to us. We got a Barebones salad which was good. After some time we got our dinner. The haddock I got was the size of an iphone and not hot. The steak we ordered well done was bloody and when we asked to have it well done we were told we ordered it medium. After the debate with the waitress the steak came back obviously microwaved and horrible. The waitress never came back to ask if all was well. After some time we got our check without asking us if we wanted desert. Our check was returned by another waitress. Horrible experience. Mission accomplished Barebones.....we are never coming back.

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BareBones G, Manager at Bare Bones Grill and Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

We would like to apologize for your recent experience. We have been serving Howard County for 25 years and have always prided ourselves on exemplary customer service. Sadly, we have missed that mark with you during your last visit. Please allow us another opportunity to regain your business and faith in our company. Without customers bringing these types of issues to us, we can't continue to improve each and every day. We are going to use your remarks as a teaching tool to our staff so that we can make sure that this never happens again. Thank You

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The food was excellent. Burgers and ribs are must tries. A nice atmosphere, though I advise the dining room for family, not the bar, even though the bar does allow kids. The service is a little slow and it's not exactly cheap, but it's worth it. I would recommend it.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My husband and I and another couple recently ate at Bare Bones Grill.
Overall the food was good. The ribs were very nice and things were fresh.
Our problem was with our server. She acted very young. The first thing she said was she hoped we were a nice table and then proceeded to tell us two other customers had just stiffed her or left her a small tip and how she has to cover that. I guess she was implying, if we were nice, we would leave her a big tip.
And then she would not stop talking.
When she returned with drinks she launched into a story about how customers of a certain ethnic group don't tip well. Then proceeded to tell us a specific story about customer from that ethnic group. Again, she would not stop. It was an uncomfortable moment. She was being offensive and though I don't think she was trying to be mean, her comments could really have gotten her in big trouble.
But it didn't end there. When she brought our starters, my husband was debating whether to get a beer or not. She then started in on how you can never have enough alcohol and how she needs a drink when she leaves work there after dealing with customers all day.
The whole exchange was odd. It wasn't as if she was talking to people who could be her peers and just blowing off steam, as we were all old enough to be her parents.
Sadly, she wasn't a bad server in that she was attentive and kept checking with us. But she was so unprofessional that it was weird. And it put a damper on the meal.
I wrote to the manager who never bothered to respond. I really just though she should know so that the restaurant can train their servers better.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Best ribs ever, consistent food, sometimes long waits. Service is good, could be better, sometimes slow, but overall pretty decent.

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