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Posted by shayleK on 09/03/2008
I went to this restaurant on a double date a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, my blind date didn't like seafood, which could have been a problem, seeing that we were in a seafood restaurant. Instead, he ordered one of the many other dishes that didn't contain seafood. Most other places wouldn't have anything else, but Catch offers dishes other then seafood, which was extremely helpful in this case. We occasionally come back to this place to celebrate where we first met each other. The romantic settings are perfect for a dinner for two.And we absolutely adore the pianist on the platform near the ceiling. Pros: Ambience, Excellent Food Options
Posted by Anonymous on 12/20/2007
What a find !! I was just introduced to the restaurant by a couple of friends that live close by. Love the fireplace on the patio - nice touch. The bartenders are amongst the friendliest in the city and make some of the best Manhattan's around. Wait staff were both friendly and efficient without being intrusive. Only con would be that menu seem a bit limited but the entrees we had were very good.
Posted by four disappointed dines on 01/14/2007
...this place won't be around much longer. Before I completely trash this place, I want to be clear that I fully understand that this could have just been a singular, very poor experience. That said...wow, we couldn't have been more disappointed. We were a four top, trying out a new place during January's "Dine About Town." Once the waiter found out we were going to be ordering from the cheaper menu, we were basically abandoned at the table. His mistake...we are typically over tippers (20-30% on average service). Anyway, that aside...the menu he gave us wasn't the same as the one posted on the Dine About Town website (we chose the restaurant based on the menu). We ended up ordering two bottles of wine, and only two of us stuck to the fixed price menu. 3 of the 4 orders came out...the 4th took an extra 20 minutes. At this point, we're still rooting for the place to get better...there's a great pianist right above us, doing loungy versions of songs like "Come On, Feel The Noize," by Quiet Riot...very funny, very entertaining. However, once he left for the night, there was nothing left to keep our spirits up...certainly not the food (butternut squash soup = zero flavor, needed about a handful of salt). Two risotto dishes were basically sticks of butter...the only entree that we all agreed on was the rigatoni, which was light and delicious. Once we finished our dinner...another 20 minutes until our plates were taken...another 10 to get the check ($250 w/ tip...which was still around 15% - perhaps the lowest tip I've ever given in ten years living in SF)...and about 2 seconds to get the hell out of there. We went down the street to get a drink, and the bartender asked where we just had dinner...when we told him, he described his experience EXACTLY like ours...seriously, his succinct review ("too expensive for the quality of the food, service, and slow as hell"), pretty much nailed it. He bought the first round as a consolation.