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“Awful experience, rude and pretentious staff...” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante Syrah

Ristorante Syrah
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awful experience, rude and pretentious staff...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

This restaurant has been heavily recommended on trip advisor, I'm really not sure why. My wife and I were treated extremely rudely by the wait staff, as if it would be our privilege to eat here. The restaurant seems to have some system for ordering which meant we weren't allowed to order anything (including drinks!) for a full 45 minutes, even though waiters were standing around doing nothing. We had booked a table inside but when we arrived we asked if we could sit outside, they said 'no', we thought 'fair enough, maybe it is fully booked outside'. There remained in fact 3 empty tables outside for the full time we were there.
There are so many excellent restaurants in San Vito, many that were recommended to us by our friends who live there - all of whom recommended not going to Syrah. I wish we'd listened to them!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Such a memorable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

We dined here on one of our last nights and we still say 'remember the lobster linguini with pistachios', delicious. Highly recommend.

Visited January 2011
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Thank LilyPonds
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2011

We had dinner at Syrah and it was one of the top restaurants throughout our 10-day stay in sicily. Salad, fish, couscous, desert...all exceptional quality. Abd so was the service. Surprisingly this was out if high season and only a habdful of guests. Definitely worth trying! We wanted to go back but unfortunately it was closed (we had to choose an "average" location instead...).

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“One of the top 3 in San Vito”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

My girlfriend and I went here twice and both times the food was amazing! The seafood was very fresh. We had a raw seafood appetizer that was to die for. It definitely is for the adventurous eater as it has some curious cuts of fish, but amazing. The oysters were fresh and a nice size. The wine list had a number of decent choices. Overall a great dining spot in a very small city with not too many options. The service was prompt, not necessarily the friendliest people, but it was to be expected. My only problem was when it came to making a reservation, they were not that accommodating like you would get in San Fran when you open your wallet. Oh well. I'd still go back. Great food!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Darren S
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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“Awful Pretentious Place - Do not go here”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

This is one of the worst - perhaps THE worst - restaurant we have ever been to. We reserved a place at Syrah based on the recommendations of Tripadvidor, even though the setting is somewhat cheasy and naff and the dishes and wines are pricier than elsewhere.

We were told when reserving that they have only 2 seatings for dinner - one at 7.30 and one at 10.00. We reserved a table for 10 and decided to sit inside. When we turned up (at 10) the place was barely half full, only 3 couples inside and 4 outside and an army of waiters. We asked to sit inside but they would not let us because our reservation was for inside. We were given the menu. After 10 minutes we tried to order but were told that we had to wait until 4 tables ahead of us had ordered, meanwhile waiters were standing around doing nothing or chatting to customers. After 20 minutes we tried to order again but were told that 3 tables ahead of us, still had to order. We tried again after 30 minutes and then again after 40 minutes, at which time a waiter came and brusquely told us that they have a system at Syrah in which guests are effectively placed in a line and have to wait until tables ahead of them had ordered, since the two tables ahead of us had not ordered yet we could not. We were not allowed to order wine or an antipasti. No one apologized to us, in fact they made us feel awkward for wanting to order food! At 10.45, after having waited for 45 minutes we decided to leave and eat elsewhere - we had a fantastic meal at Casa del Cous Cous, which at 10.45 was full of people - unlike Syrah.
Syrah is a pretentious restaurant with pompous rude waiters. There are so many fantastic places to eat in San Vito, most of them cheaper, that it is not worthwhile wasting your time on Syrah. Locals avoid this place and do not recommend this at all. Syrah exists only by catering to tourists, who do not seem to know better.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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