My wife and I have eaten at De La Vega's twice in the past month and both times it was just so-so. It used to be much better. I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who said that management needs to do a better job of training the hostesses. Our hostess took us to our table, just laid the menus and the napkin/silverware rolls on the table and walked away. She didn't even put the menus and silverware at each place at the table - she just dumped it all in the middle of the table and walked off. She didn't even say "So and so will be your server and will be with you in a minute."
We watched several other customers being seated and this hostess did exactly the same thing so you saw customers basically having to set their own tables. After that the service was mediocre at best. We weren't even asked if we wanted bread and we had to ask. The food was just OK and the portions smaller than what we had been served there on previous visits.
The waitress was not attentive, and we are not very demanding customers. For a place that presents itself as trendy and somewhat upscale this is totally unacceptable. It's not a cheap meal at De La Vega's so the service should be top notch.
This is in total contrast to our experience at The Outback the following night. Even though I would consider Outback to be not as "upscale" as De La Vega's, the service was terrific and the hostess was very pleasant, set our place settings for us and let us know who our server was and made sure we were settled. It's obvious she has had good training. Take note De La Vega's.