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“Great view, decent food, shaky/dishonest service”

The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge
Ranked #6 of 16 Restaurants in Three Rivers
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Texas
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310 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Great view, decent food, shaky/dishonest service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Lady & I still westward bound. Recommended by hotel for fresh fish. Best part about the place is the view of the river - fun to watch the ducks swimming around. Food was okay - nothing stellar but reasonable quality. Prices about what would expect in a remoter location - i.e. higher than would have been at home for same quality but then one's not at home, is one? Service is where they lost it - sporadic would be polite. Slow and inattentive would be more accurate. We both ordered soup as well as a main course. After a looooong wait, our waitress brought the soup and the mains at the same time - v bizarre - she claimed she thought we had asked for that??? So anyway the main courses were taken back (stuffed under a heat lamp is my guess) until we finished the soup. So mains were decent but definitely suffered from being kept warm. The real fun was when the waitress brought the bill - she informed us she had added the "discretionary gratuity of 20%" to save us the trouble. I have eaten in lots of places in different countries where the tip is automatically included so didn't think too much of this at first. But then when the bill actually came it was printed to show differing levels of tip and what the amount would be at 10%, 15%, 20% - so not a standard amount by any means. So our sub-standard waitress decided she was worth a 20% tip!! One has to laugh. We changed the total on the bill and left her $1 to make a point - which I doubt she got.

So - if you go the food is okay, the prices are a little high, the view is great, and the service - well, just be careful!

  • Visited August 2013
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Godstone
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Expensive, good views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Views are great over the river. Service was OK and food was average but it is really expensive for what it is. It was however just opposite our lodging and we were tired and hungry so we were nevertheless happy to eat there

Visited August 2013
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Fullerton, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

the view was nice. The restaurant furniture needs to be upgraded. The food was just ok for the prices. The curtains had cobwebs hanging from the window.

Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“disgusting food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

there were 4 of us at dinner - we had a variety of dishes and they were all bad. food was tasteless and cold - service was below average

Visited July 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great view w barely average food.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

The view is lovely! The food was reaching to be average...but the prices were above average, unfortunately. Service was pleasant but inattentive. Would not return.

  • Visited August 2013
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