I have been vacationing in Seaside Heights for many years and have seen many restaurants come/go and change and Hemingways Cafe was no exception. Evem before Hurricane Sandy, it was an establishment much like the others along the strip; food was a little overpriced/expected for what it was, but you were given a decent quantity of tasty food, with fairly good service.
I made reservations for my party of 9 for 8 p.m. on a Friday evening(not necessary because the restaurant was empty) we were seated right away ordered our drinks, which arrived quickly, albeit the order was not correct in three instances and confused with the rest. The evening went down hill from there.
The wait person could not get our dinner orders straight either. When the "supposed" Greek salad's arrived ($ 7.00 a plate for one salad) I noted that it was the size of a dessert plate sans feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, with two very small slivers of red onion and three small croutons (in a Greek salad? the salad looked suspiciously like spinach). When questioned where the missing ingrediants were, we only received an apology and two miniscule bowls arrived with three olives and 1/2 teaspoon of feta cheese.
Four of my party ordered the steak sliders, including me (cost of approx. $ 9.00 for 3 very small sliders, mine with blue cheese at a $ 1.00 extra) when it arrived ,I asked which one is the slider with the blue cheese,the waitress had a vacant stare and realized that none of the sliders had blue cheese.My blue cheese arrived in the same minisule bowl that the olives and feta arrived in (NOT TAKEN OFF THE BILL) not enough for three sliders.
The "steak" consisted of two/half small chunks of the tough end portion of the steak with half being fat.The other members of my group did not fare much better! We were afraid to order dessert and coffee.
I understand cutbacks had to be made due to the hurricane damage, but the highly overpriced, poor quality food/portions and not so great service just does not justify the cost.
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