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“Great for drinks and atmosphere NOT for food and service”

Electric Palm Restaurant
Ranked #91 of 281 Restaurants in Woodbridge
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great for drinks and atmosphere NOT for food and service”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I continue to go to this place just because it's convenient to my boyfriend's place and it holds fond memories (we had our first date here!). However, it's the same experience every time. On a Friday or Saturday night the music is great and the the atmosphere is fun, but the food and service is pretty lousy. The restaurant survives for that reason only and becuase of its location on the water. The impression I get is that the owners just don't know the first thing about restaurant management. They have a great location and venue, but they rely on that for repeat business and not the food and service. It's a shame, because people will continue to go here (including me) even thought they're not happy with what they're being served and how it's being served.

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank AmandaUSA
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Manassas
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We have eaten here a few times and it has ways been an awesome experience. However the latest visit not a great experience. The staff were rude and less than helpful. Customer service has went downhill and fast. If you elect to eat on the upper level there is a tiny sign that tells customers to wait to be seated. The hostess is inside and that person will not come to you, you have to walk inside and up to s podium. It is confusing. I watched other customersskong there way to an outdoor table only to be told they had to go inside to see the hostess. Our server never came back to refill drinks after she tool our food order. I had to go inside to find someone to refill a drink. 25 minutes later we received out food and finally our drinks were refilled. I am so disappointed to see such a decline in service. The atmosphere needs friendly, energetic and fun servers not stuffy, rude and unhappy people. On a positive note the food is awesome and I love the views!!!!

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Thank Mandy L
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Angleton, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“This place is horrible!”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

We live right next to this restaurant. We have been here several times and really tried to like the food, but we just don't, especially for the price. Each time the food is consistently inconsistent. The last time we went, we decided to get burgers, how bad can someone mess up a burger, right? Well they did, they were just horrible. We had four people in our party and for 4 burgers and fries and 1 beer it was $90! Really, $90. We will never go back. Its sad because each time we have friends or family visit they see this as a good place to visit and we have to tell them how awful it is. This place needs new management and a complete makeover with their food!

  • Visited November 2011
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3 Thank mxlovers
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Ft Riley, KS
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Drink, but don't eat”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

Tried this place because of some online reviews we read. The food wasn't fresh and was actually quite bland. The crab balls tasted old and like they were burnt in the fryer. The salad was wilted, and our waitress was inattentive. Several of the wait staff (and the hostess) were obsessed with their cell phones. The entrées were also not very good. I'm not a food snob by any means, but this place purports to be a nice sit down restaurant, but serves "pretty" bar food. The price was excessive (likely based on being on the waterfront). Bottom line - If you would like to get a drink and have a nice view of the Harbor, come here, but if you want good food - look elsewhere.

  • Visited April 2012
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4 Thank TravelinS0ldier
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Winchester, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fun, fun fun on a Sunday!”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

This is definitely a great place to go on a Sunday afternoon, in particular the Tiki Bar which is overlooking the water (sort of outside, but has wind screens and cover in case it rains) with LIVE MUSIC (not too loud but very very enjoyable). Nice crowd of people (not too crowded, just right for me) mostly over 30's, (many over 40 too), good service although the "patio food" not quite as good as the indoor menu.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank harley812
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