To B's or Not to B's, that is the question. Sadly the answer is NOT to B's!
Like other reviewers, we too were rooting for this place but ultimately we don't get all the hype. After years of avoiding the dump Kainoa's that this place used to be called, we were hopeful when new ownership took over and while things have improved, overall the vibe from this place is still more bad than good.
We kept trying to give this place a chance even after several disappointing experiences because we felt so sorry for these new owners every time we walked by and saw B's Bar and Grinds nearly empty while one of our favorite restaurants Opal's next door was booming with business, packed full with a line outside waiting.
Now to be completely honest we did luck out with a couple of dishes (one of which they immediately took off the menu), but EVERYTHING has been very OVERPRICED and that is the biggest problem with this place. When you order something you're taking a big gamble that it will be ok and at the prices they're charging, after a few bad experiences, we're just not willing to gamble any more.
The first pretty AWFUL thing we had there was their Chicken Basilica Pasta for $15. Now I would have thought this would be impossible to ruin, but B's rude and arrogant chef found a way. The pesto cream sauce was completely flavorless. The tomatoes he used are what we Star Trek fans call "replicator" tomatoes! They don't taste anything like the real thing. And the plain boring black olives out of a can and cheap waxy tasting Parmesan cheese didn't add a thing to a dish that was so dead with flavor it needed to be put out of its misery.
The next time we had the Fish and Chips and it was just ok. For $17 we expected something special. The truffle fries we upgraded to for $2 more were bland enough that we had to put more salt on them which shouldn't have been necessary considering they were coated with Parmesan cheese. Unfortunately the Parmesan cheese tasted like the powdery cheap kind out of a carton.
And the ghastly sewage smell as we ate the Fish and Chips on their outdoor patio was disgusting!
Another night we went just to get some appetizers and even though there were only two other tables with two people at each table, we waited more than half an hour just to get an order of expensive truffle fries and some edadame. You know something is wrong when it's peak dinner time on a weekend and even though there's only a handful of diners you have to wait that long just for appetizers.
The last straw was when the chef/owner promised us two days in a row that he would make a chocolate cake that we were interested in trying and then both days blew us off and didn't follow through even though we rearranged our schedules to be there for it and reserved a piece. When we called and left a message, our phone call was not returned and when we emailed to voice our disappointment, we were again blown off with rudeness and arrogance by Chef Rob even after we'd been extra nice and continued to try to support his business.
What's the B's in B's Bar and Grinds stand for ?
The food could B better.
The service could B better.
The prices could B better.