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Seafood Unlimited, Philadelphia

Jeff Brodeur | Jan 4, 2002 12:46 PM

Hi, fellow Chowhounds.

Anyone else have thoughts about Seafood Unlimited, the schizophrenic bar/restaurant/fish market at 20th and Spruce? Living in the area, I decided to give it a shot although casual observation led me to believe I was taking a gamble. I was right and I lost.

My negative experience was based mainly on the front of the house, which is a shame because the food was actually not bad. The kitchen staff must be working to overcome their friends out front - classic restaurant battle!

Most of the problems came when the waitress, focused so much on pitching the special, convinced herself that my date wanted it even though she asked for something completly different. When our dinners arrived and she was told that there was a mistake, her first response was "They're going to kill me."

It went downhill from there - I wasn't going to eat while my date sat there so I asked her, when she finally came back, to take my meal back too.

The chef, to his credit, wouldn't put it under a heatlamp, but we were promised her new meal would be expedited and I assumed mine would be at least freshened up with new sides. It wasn't and it wasn't... I ended up asking for new sides.

It was painfully obvious that we were having difficulty, but I never was able to get the attention of the manager/owner? He walked past several times and for a while it was one meal served/one meal missing.

I'd think that that would be a red flag, but we never got an apology or offer of another glass of wine, dessert, etc. He was too busy complaining at the bar about Audrey Taichman and the new valet parking situation on that stretch of street.

One other observation - the layout is awful. The bus boys and dishwashers were constantly going back and forth through the dining area getting ice, drinks for themselves, etc. Nothing like seeing a filthy apron as you're trying to enjoy your meal.

In an area that boasts some great places, I'd pass on this one.

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