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“Ok food, inattentive service”

DaVinci's By The Sea
Ranked #60 of 437 Restaurants in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ok food, inattentive service”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I were really excited to go here because of the great reviews, and we had not had Italian food in a while, plus I was carbo loading for a 1/2 marathon, only to be severely disappointed . First we called to make reservations, which they took. Upon arrival they said it would be a 20 min wait (although the restaurant was half empty), when we told them we had reservations, the waitress looked perplexed because they apparently do not take reservations for parties smaller than 2, and then sat us a couple minutes later. They are suppose to offer all you can eat bread and salad, however, our waiter was so inattentive that it was only refilled at the end of the meal when we asked. The salad that we were served resembled coleslaw it had so much dressing on it. Our appetizer was good, and I enjoyed my lasagna, but my boyfriend got the veal and it was pretty bland. No one refilled our water, again until we asked at the end, and drinks besides wine were pretty limited. Not to mention there was a very loud bachelorette party in the restaurant that was having very sexually based conversation. I think you could have had a better experience at olive garden.

  • Visited April 2014
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EastCoastVinny, Owner at DaVinci's By The Sea, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Sorry to hear your service was not up to par. In the early part of the season we operate with a limited number of servers because business is minimal on most days. That is the reason the back section of the dining room was closed for service. We only bring in enough staff to operate the front 15 tables. On occasion as it happened on the night before the half marathon we may get multiple tables arriving at once and therefore we end up with a short wait for a table. Our salad dressing is homemade and one of the items we are known for and I do apologize if there was a bit much of it for your taste. there is a reason that we get so many good reviews and occasionally we have an off night. Once again please accept my sincere apology and if you would consider giving us another try please ask for me by name Im sure you wont regret it!

Vince Sapia
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NORTHERN CAMBRIA PA
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great food”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

we go here every year that we go to oc we have been going for 5 years now and the food is always great

  • Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious food”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We totally enjoyed the food...It was fresh and delicious....The waiter was very polite and cute as a button...

Visited October 2013
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Thank Denise M
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

On our early October visit, my husband and I enjoyed a very nice meal here. Our server, Cassie, was wonderful and treated us like family. As earlier reviews had indicated, our salad was fantastic. Our meals arrived in generous proportion, so after eating our fill there, we enjoyed our meal as a lunch the following day. We will be sure to dine here again when we are in OC!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank gamblingirl394
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Keep walking!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were in OCMD for Sunfest and our 25th anniversary. We had had our fill of seafood meals and were looking for pasta. There was a chance of rain, this place was just two blocks from our hotel, and the reviews had been decent. What a disappointment! We should have stopped at the door because when we opened it, we were almost knocked over with the smell of mildew. Now granted this place sits below the boardwalk, but that is no excuse. We have eaten in other boardwalk restaurants that smelled clean. The food was dull and this salad dressing we had read about was tasteless. The lasagna was so overcooked that the noodles were mushy. Another couple who came in after us had drinks and told the waiter their party was waiting at another place. Smart move! Wish we had thought of that trick! BIG BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Visited September 2013
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