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“Excellent Chef, Husband and staff? Not so Hot”
Review of Plum Tree Bistro

Plum Tree Bistro
Ranked #36 of 276 Restaurants in Greenville
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Coastal NC
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Excellent Chef, Husband and staff? Not so Hot”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have frequented this restaurant for years, taken my spouse there and entertained business clients in Plum Tree's private dining rooms more times than I can count.

If I can say anything about Plum Tree, it is very consistent. When I say "consistent," this is what I mean:

1. Cuisine: Consistently delicious. Chef Heather is involved in all details of your meal preparation and it shows. The menu has been the same for many years and all of the dishes have met our high expectations. I rarely say this, but I can't ever remember having a bad meal at this place.

2. Wait Staff: Consistently inconsistent. On some evenings, we have great service and on others the wait staff is either pompous, clueless and/or incompetent.

It goes without saying that both great cuisine AND excellent service is the expectation in an establishment such as this. A clear lack of server training is evident, which brings me to my last point...

3. The Owners: Chef Heather and her husband own and operate the Plum Tree Bistro. Chef Heather is consistently gracious and more than happy to go out of her way to make the meal special.

Sadly, her husband is consistently rude, pompous and unprofessional; it's doubtful he could manage a snow cone stand. I completely agree with the previous TripAdvisor poster that stated "Her husband/owner is rude and treats customers as if they are doing him a favor by being there."

In summary, if you visit Plum Tree, you'll be impressed by the food but the service is a toss-up. Stay away from the husband/owner and you may be OK. This restaurant probably survives on drug rep dinners, but it sounds like that drug rep dinners will be going away with all of the changes to healthcare coming soon.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Foodie find!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Rare sesame encrusted tuna with an awesome wasabi sauce was pure perfection. And the serving was huge! Duck with blueberry sauce was a second outstanding dish. Five amazing soups....we were given a sampler of all...loved the tomato basil the best. The chef and wait staff are small town friendly, not big town snooty. It is a gem of a place. I cannot wait to go back. If you like chains, this is probably not for you. If you want unusual dishes with fresh ingredients, don't mind paying $25-30 for an entree (with salad) and having a leisurely dinner, give them a try. If you are a foodie, definitely a hidden gem!

Visited August 2013
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Thank PAtoNCgirl
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
516 reviews
425 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Great potential if the owner was not there”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This place has a fantastic chef that serves great dishes. Her husband / owner is rude and treats customers as if they are doing him a favor by being there. I decided I will not subject myself to his "attitude" ever again.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Ray Z
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Greenville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Impressive dinner & atmosphere”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The food was good and the atmosphere was quiet. It is a great place for a dinner for two or a small business dinner.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Christine D
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Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excellent food.”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Very, very good food. The only drawback for this restaurant is the lack of real training done for the wait staff.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Phantom58
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