Bethesda Restaurant Week is winding down this weekend. DAVID CRAIG on St Elmo AV turned out to be a be DISAPPOINTMENT.
It is a seemingly hot/popular spot because we could only get a reservation for 9PM on a Thursday night! Issues with the restaurant are far ranging (see list below) but the core issue is that the restaurant manager did nothing proactively to correct the issues even though he was witnessing, privy to the mishaps. I WOULD SKIP this place until management changes to support a seemingly decent chef. After leaving DAVID CRAIG, I went home at 11PM and fixed myself a sandwich to eat.
-COLD DINING ROOM: front dining room by the entrance was cold so we ate with our coats on.
-OUT OF MENU ITEMS: Both the appetizer and the dessert I ordered were OUT even though our waiter promoted the chocolate bread pudding as a recommended dessert. DAVID CRAIG ran out of brown bread, too? when we requested additional bread in our basket.
-FOOD WAS COLD: The soup was served cold. 2 of 3 entrees were served cold.
-LONG TIME TO BE SERVED: even though we were the only table in the front dining room after 9PM, there was a 45 minute lag between our appetizer and our main course!!
-FOOD WAS UNDERCOOKED: 1 of our entrees (seafood) was undercooked and my dining partner was afraid to eat it.
-SMALL PORTIONS: the Wali filet served was 3oz. in size. I could have eaten at least 2 fish of this size. The salad portions were ridiculously small.
-LACK OF SERVICE: I tried to swap the dessert I ordered (because it had a lemon flavor which was not indicated on the menu) for a substitute bowl of berries or the like and the waiter stalled. The manager overheard the dispute and forced the waiter to find a reasonable substitute.