After reading some recent Norwalk threads my husband and I decided to try a very old favorite tonight. I made 9:30 reservations this afternoon for Barcelona in Sono. I remembered reservations were pretty much essential on the weekends, so I was actually surprised when they told me, "No problem. We'll see you then".
Well, It was a problem!
We arrived for our reservation and were told we could go to the bar, they would let us know when our table was ready. We're ok with that, and having lived in the city for the past 5 years I never really expect my table to be ready on time for any decent restaurant. Plus, the grandparents were babysitting and we were in no real rush. Well, we ordered drinks and 45 min.later, as we were finishing said drinks, we (dh and I) discussed our options.
We could have another drink at Barcelona and still possibly no table, or we could leave and go elsewhere. Most places in SoNo stop serving by 11 and it was 10:20, so we decided to leave. On the way out we told the MOD (very politely) that we were relinquishing our res since almost an hour had passed and it didn't look like we would be seated anytime soon. He told us he "understood". No "I'm sorry", no "Let me see what I can do". Just ok, sorry, buh bye. I was disappointed, since I was soo looking forward to their mussels! However, if I have to sit at a bar and spend $30-40 just waiting for a table, I really feel the MOD/Host should be more on his game and at least let me know what is going on and how long it's going to take.
I'm really sad to say that they are officially on our DNR list.