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Really bad brunch experience at Sausalito


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Really bad brunch experience at Sausalito

Kitty | Nov 20, 2005 10:28 PM

My husband and I live in the neighborhood and visited this restaurant when it was Cucina Bella, Zucco, and also when it changed to Sausalito. Under each of these names, overall it was a good experience.

Arrived at Sausalito for brunch around 11am. I immediately noticed some changes, inquired, and confirmed that the restaurant changed ownership again a couple months ago.

Hubby ordered a bloody mary and I got coffee. Both good.

A large party of about a dozen people was already seated. We put in our orders and waited and waited and waited. Then, the waiter came by to inform us that the wait was prolonged because the large party had to catch a plane and it was the first time that the chef was by himself. We continued to wait and wait some more. Meanwhile, part of the large party left, unable to wait any longer for their food. We waited and wondered, watching as the large party finally received their order, which was about 15 minutes from the time they got the first dish to the last entrée.

After about 1 hour and 15 minutes, it came. My husband’s crab cake was nicely presented, but ended up being a single crab cake, not what we expected for the $8 or $9 item that didn’t include the word “appetizer” on the menu. I ordered a smoked salmon cream cheese pizza, which the staff described as including capers before I ordered it. There was not a single caper. I was large enough for 2 to share. Okay in terms of taste, but not good enough to make up for the wait.

We didn’t bother waiting for the bill and left our money on the table. If the restaurant had just opened, we would have given them a break, but the combination of horrendous waiting, okay quality, and poor value on what we thought was an entree crabcake will make us wait until the next owner comes along before going back.

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