First, let me say that my husband and I used to LOVE eating at Tari's, and visiting the bar for a drink before heading back to our motel. Over the past five years we've probably frequented the establishment 10-15 times. We liked it so much that we chose to ignore the lipstick residue on the water glasses - a constant over repeated visits. The food was always good and the atmosphere great. We especially enjoyed the Thursday night Jam Nights with local artists.
last week's jam night might well have been the last time for us at Tari's. We had looked forward to jam night all week, and drove 2 hours after work to get there. We had made reservations in the bar section to be able to eat and listen to the music. I can honestly say that I have never been treated as rudely by another server - or another adult, for that matter - as we were treated by our waiter Mike. When I wasn't ready with my order when he asked he made a gruff noise and stomped off. Keep in mind it was a bit loud, since the live music was playing. When I was trying to clarify our order I was brusquesly dismissed with "yeah, yeah". When he brought us our bread he slammed it on the opposite end of the table without even looking at us. When he brought my husband his salad he didn't bring him the salad dressing. He clearly had no intention to provide professional, courteous service to us, and made that perfectly clear. We were indeed wondering what we had done to deserve such vile attitude and poor treatment, and the only thing we could come up with was that we had asked to be reseated to a different table, since our initial table was less than ideal. Big deal.
My husband then tried to grease the waiter's palm with a crisp $20 bill, which improved the mood from vile to just grumpy . I guess, the one good thing I can say about the server is that his affections can't be bought!!
In retrospect, we should have really gotten up and left the restaurant instead of staying. The waiter's behavior was totally unacceptable and disrespectful, and nearly ruined the evening.
My opinion of Tari's has been thoroughly sullied by the experience, and I am not sure I will ever go back there, or recommend the restaurant to anyone.