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Ventura's Greenhouse Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 46 Restaurants in Margate City
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 27, 2010

I have been dining at Tha Greenhouse (upstairs) for over 15 years. In the summer I go there weekly, and in the winter about once per month. I have NEVER had a bad meal here. Erica, the hostess is warm and friendly stopping by the table to make sure all is OK. All of the waitstaff Lorie, George, etc. Could not be nicer. Lou Ventura is always around to make sure all is perfect. The quality and quantity of food is great. If you don't see it on the menue, ask and they will make it if the can. This place is the best!

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Reviewed January 9, 2010

At lunch two of us shared one cheese steak sandwich and an order of fries. We had two glasses each of cabernet and pinot gregio. We didn't ask for any special wine, but they charged $8.00 for a standard size glass of the pinot!! What a ripoff!! The cab was a little pricey @ $6.50. Total $46.00 !! What a ripoff!

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Reviewed April 2, 2009

love it at ventura's greenhouse! look forward to hanging out there every summer. been going there for a long time. it's fab. specially the food, drinks, atmosphere,deck i love lucy's cafe,the beach, the people, & most of all the fun & sun! & oo did i mention my favorite license plate saying "sumawnd'

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Reviewed September 2, 2008

This review applies to the upstairs dining room part of the restaurant (it has a casual downstairs bar area and outside deck area too). My family and I are locals who visit this restaurant at least once a week, all year long for the past 6 years- we are there in the winters when we are many times the only table in the place! We used to call this our favorite restaurant because we were treated like family by all of the staff for being so loyal-my parents had even gone to the Ventura's restaurant in Berlin, NJ (related to this one) for over 25 years! However, we will never set foot in this restaurant again after the way we were recently treated. We had made a special request ahead of time for a particular seafood item to be ordered with the other weekly seafood items when the chef placed his order for the week’s fresh fish as usual, and after a few phone calls to the friendly hostess/manager, it was accommodated, but with an attitude and vulgar language from the chef. The next week, we requested the same item to be ordered in advance of dining there, and it was once again accommodated, but in the middle of our dinner, the chef stormed over to our table and screamed at us that he was in charge of the kitchen, that patrons come there for him, that he decides what food is served, and to stop "harassing" his employees for special requests. This is how we were treated after averaging $200 checks every week year round! We were so disgusted that he made a scene at our table in front of the entire restaurant that we just got up a left without even finishing dinner, and we will never patronize this establishment again. I am writing this review to make any tourists aware that this crazy person is the chef cooking your food, and while we've had some great meals there for the past several years, it is not worth being ridiculed and screamed at in a fine dining establishment by a scary chef (or any other staff member), and I certainly wouldn’t want to eat food cooked under his direction ever again! We have lots of other fine restaurants where the owners and staff treat us with the respect and kindness we deserve for being the locals that keep them in business long after the beachgoers have gone home after summer and the bleak winter sets in. There are many other great restaurants (where both food and service are great) in a 15-minute radius that are much better than this place, just ask the locals. And by the way, the food and drink on the deck bar is frozen food quality and overpriced, and the drinks are just as overpriced and watered down, and the downstairs bar is a claustrophobic low-ceiling dive bar with the same overpriced food. The dining room was the only part of the restaurant worth going to, that is until now after 6 years when we find out what kind of person is running the kitchen! Save your money for a good drink, satisfying meal, and top-notch service for one of the many other deserving fine restaurants in the area- my family and I eat out at fine dining restaurants 2-3 times/week and know what great food/service is (we often drive over an hour to some of our favorite restaurants away from the shore too), so I cannot express enough how honest this review is and how we honestly will never go back to this place after such a negative experience.

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Reviewed August 23, 2008

We go here because there are not many places where you can eat outside in town, and there is a nice view of the beach and water while you eat. The problem is that there isn' t really a good menu outside, and the prices are not very reasonable. The sodas are really small, yet they have the nerve to charge for refills. If you're looking for fine dining, this is not your place, but if you want to chill by the water, and enjoy some light food that you're willing to pay a little more for, Ventura's is perfectly fine.

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