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Harvest Vine

monkeypuzzled | | Sep 6, 2006 04:26 PM

I'm delurking just to share a disappointing recent experience at the Harvest Vine. I've always loved the place, have eaten some of the best meals I've had in Seattle there, service has been a little meh, but who cares, right? Then we brought an out of town relative there for her 50th birthday, and I swear, it was like they were trying to get us to leave. We made a reservation for 7:30, arrived promptly, were told they were "getting our table ready" and someone would be right with us to take our wine order while we waited. 15 minutes later no one had approached us to apologize for the delay or get us some wine ... the hostess was avoiding eye contact while literally brushing by us in the tiny waiting area. Meanwhile, we watched every single person who entered the restaurant after us being seated, including several 4-tops that would easily have seated our 3-person party. At 7:55, I reminded the hostess that no one had taken our wine order and that we had waited 25 minutes with no interaction from the staff. She actually ROLLED HER EYES AT US before making us wait several more minutes to take our wine order. Finally, at 8, right as we were about to leave, we were seated. No apologies, nothing. I mean, I've worked in restaurants, it doesn't take much to mollify me--it's not like we were being unreasonable.

I don't know, it was weird. Anyone else have an experience like that? It actually sort of ruined our evening for us--we have two small children, don't get out that often and certainly not to a restaurant like the Harvest Vine. I sent an email afterwards, but didn't even get the courtesy of a reply. Sort of makes me not want to ever go there again. And tell other people not to, either.