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Naples, Avoid Preston's Steakhouse

lwa | Jan 27, 200803:20 PM

The Naples area has many very good steakhouses but this one left us feelinglike we were taken advantage of. It is a very small place, family run--we heard the steaks were good so we figured it would be such a nice change from the large steakhouses. Well the large steakhouse have the right formula--they charge a lot but you leave feeling it was worth it for a special experience. This place, charges the same prices ( maybe more) and the only positive is that the steaks were very well prepared, char on the outside, juciy inside. The service is very slow because the owner makes the waitstaff do everything from greeting customer to making the drinks, cutting the steaks etc. The service was not polished or experienced like one would expect with these prices. But to top the entire evening off, after ordering a $200 bottle of wine, rounds of drinks, appetizers for all of us, salads for everyone and desserts--they charged a $10 plate fee because 3 of us ate the $90 40 oz steak & one person ate a $60.00 steak. They said the $90 steak is for 2 people only! How rude, and what bad business to be so petty, especially for a family run small place. We tried to be patient witht the service even thought it was terrible but this really ruined a very expensive dinner. The desserts were we told are very special, they only make 2 types of cake a night and it is made by the owners wife in her own kitchen. Well we tried both and they were terrible! Dry, icing too sweet.....

I do have a great tip for this general area ( in Bonita Springs)...if you like downhome Italian food try a small place in the Albertson's shooping center called Za Za's - really excellent. Inexpensive, great atmosphere ( very small so call ahead)-- it really is a breath of fresh air--it's like places in Little Italy in NYC.

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