Have eaten in the FQ many many times. I never picked Bayonna because sweetbreads and rabbit not my cup of tea.
But, back for the Final Four, and the gorgeous aura of the courtyard hidden away in the FQ and the huge ratings and Susan Spicer aura finally drew me in.
Holy Cow....what a total disappointment. So bad the ambiance couldn't even make a dent.
The hostess told us we had to wait. No biggie. She said, "Sit in the lounge and order a drink." No one in the lounge. After 10, went back to the hostess and ordered drinks. Pet peeve: Instead of placing our order, right in front of us, she stopped and chatted up a coworker who was there to meet friends. Drinks never showed up until we were finally seated at our table.
It became obvious that Bayona staff only caters to locals. We weren't even sure who are waiter was. Several came by - but no one seemed to "own us." We ordered at 7:45p and our entrees were finally brought after two requests at 9:30p. Mine, the hangar steak, was cold and tough as leather.. My husband's fish was fresh but totally uninspired. Funny part, Harry Shearer, reference SNL and Simpson voice overs sat next to us. He was totally absorbed with twitter but he had waited longer than we did and a waiter came up to him and asked him what he wanted for dessert ! No entree...skip to dessert.
They did take my ice cold late entree off the bill. so what....we weren't there to save money...we were there to eat what every one said was a fabulous meal. Never again would I go back to this very cool oasis in the FQ. We, as diners, were disrespected and were served horrible food.
BTW...their famous garlic soup was amazing with depth of flavor - despite being burned ever so slighly. Only "slightly burnt" bright side of visit.