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“disappointing, inept”
Review of 28 Tables - CLOSED

28 Tables
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Private Dining, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Private Dining, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“disappointing, inept”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

There was quite a buzz around town about this restaurant, so we decided to try it out. Excepting lighting and decor, which were attractive,it fell short in every possible way.

Our party of four ordered four entrees and two appetizers. Some were bland, some overspiced to the point of inedibility. All were oversalted. None showed any of the imagination you would expect from a place that is expensive by Saratoga standards. As if by compensation, the portions were absurdly large.

The service ranged from overly solicitous to bone-headed. Example of the latter: when we consulted the wine list and ordered a second (different) bottle of wine, the waiter poured the whole bottle into our four glasses and walked away with the bottle! No matter that one of us only wanted a splash. (The wine list, by the way, is pedestrian to the point of comedy. Nothing you couldn't buy at your corner liquor store, but of course at three times the price).

But the worst aspect of 28 Tables only became clear when, 2/3 of the way through our meal, the club downstairs (which shares the same management) cranked up the music. Not only did we have trouble hearing, but our table and chairs literally began to shake. At that point we made for the exit as fast as possible.

  • Visited October 2011
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4 Thank Pine50
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English first
Albany, New York
1 review
“Best place in saratoga”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Had one of the best meals of my life. After dinner we went downstairs to there courtyard to find a live band. It was awesome. Everyone has a great experience

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank Tim S
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Saratoga Springs, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

I was really looking forward to having dinner at 28 tables. They were prompt in seating us, but it was pretty noisy with a piano player practically next to our table. All in all, the room was pretty loud. We had a difficult time hearing and understanding the waiter as he told us about the specials. I thought the chopped salad was sort of oily and didn't have a lot of flavor. My swordfish was perfectly cooked, and the vegetables were fairly tasty, but the hot peppers and carmelized onions weren't too plentiful. The fish was good, but like the salad, didn't have a lot of flavor except the balsamic vinegar. Missing the hot I expected from the cherry peppers, so I was really disappointed. My husband's dinner was huge, but again, no WOW factor. Creme brulee was very disappointing. Almost no flavor. So sad. May go back, but definitley not on top five list.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank MominNY48562
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Leeds, UK
Level Contributor
41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good service, but the food was bland”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

We will try it again, but not for a while. It's very stylish restaurant but the food let it down. Massive portions (over facing), and lacking flavor.

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1 Thank 2009leeds
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