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“What a shame....”

Old City Hall Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 171 Restaurants in Bay City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hale, Michigan
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What a shame....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Finally getting around to writing a quick review for Old City Hall. Our most recent time spent here was on New Year's Eve. We had a large group and were seated in the overflow dining area. Regretfully, I do not remember our waitresses name, because she was one of the all time worst we have ever experienced (and we are no strangers to upscale dining). Without much thought the management should be able to piece together who we had (dark hair). In any event, when she wasn't muttering things under her breath (like she couldn't wait until her shift was done) she was busy giving crappy service. We are probably the easiest group to get along with (and very good tippers), but she deserved neither. However, the charm was surprisingly turned on when it came time to present the bill....wow, how clever. The calamari was excellent as usual, but the rest of the meal was very disappointing. We came to Old City Hall this year for New Years (and at times during the year) because we had such a terrific experience last year. Regrettably, we will likely not return, unless we here the service and food are ramped back up to match the prices. This is a real shame, because the atmosphere here is hard to beat (when the right staff is in place).

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Drinks After Work but on a Sunday. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Great place to eat and drink. Ask to take home a bottle of wine but drink one there and don't let them uncork the one you take home.

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San Antonio TX
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139 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Cool place, good food, spotty service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Ate at the Old City Hall on two occasions this week. Very nice decor in a historic building - and it was hopping on a Tuesday night! Shortrib grilled cheese was good, but dry. The beet and spinach salad was divine! Stay away from the French lentil ratatouille - it's too thick and tasted like a simmered pasta sauce. UNLESS, you order a side of pasta with it...then it would be great!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Bay City, Michigan
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere, great food! Tuesday night is half off wine night- lots of fun! Everything on the menu is Fabulous!

  • Visited December 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A frequent stop for the locals!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

I often meet my friends here, the food and atmosphere is always fun! Bay City needs more places like this, you won't be disappointed. The salmon is great! The bar tenders and servers are exceptional!

  • Visited December 2013
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