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El Dorado Kitchen - tourist trap?

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El Dorado Kitchen - tourist trap?

marian | Apr 30, 2008 11:49 AM

I went to El Dorado Kitchen on the square in Sonoma Sunday without reservations and we were told there would be a ten minute wait. We went to the bar and right after we ordered cocktails the hostess told us our table was ready. We were seated on the patio, where there were several open tables, so I'm not sure why we had the wait. But, it was fine.

I ordered the most inexpensive bottle of zinfandel for $32 and then we ordered our food. We had already been served when the waiter told us they were out of the wine I had ordered. I selected another bottle for $39. I was OK with that but by the time the second bottle arrived we were all just about finished with our food so we declined it.

This wouldn't have been such a problem if the exact same thing hadn't happened when I ate there in August, except that time they didn't have the second selection either so they comped us two glasses of an unnamed pinot from the bar.

So what's with that? Do they think their customers are tourists who won't be returning - so they get them to buy drinks at the bar and try to upsell them on the wine? I e-mailed them Monday to let them know I had this experience twice and got no reply.

This kind of ploy really detracts from the food. I had mussels with fries and it was very good, but not the best I have ever had. (That would be Plouf and the Washington Square B&G, I'm sad to say.) Two had the bay shrimp sandwich and one had the chopped salad, and everyone was happy with their meals.

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