Hounds~We continue to try and like Eccolo on 4th in Berkeley. However, while the food is good the service is ABYSMAL! We made reservations for an early seating this past Sunday and watched as other tables seated after ours were both waited on and got food before we did. Our waitperson was German I think and seemed oblivious when we did see him and invisible when we were looking for him. I finally asked the hostess about being waited on. Our lunches came a good 1/2 hour after sitting down (nothing fancy, very straightforward). Clearly something was amiss again.
We left deciding we could get coffee in reasonable time up the street. I do not know what is the problem with this place. I've taken seats at the bar and waited long while when the bar tender had tables in the far dining room to wait as well. This past Sunday with 11:30 reservations was the worst. We were among the first people seated and still service was a big minus!! There seems to be an excess of busfolks and not enough wait staff..the wait staff also seems to change like the wind. Perhaps, this is some of the problem.
We've sworn off the place for awhile and will hope to find something better soon in the area.