I've been greatly enjoying the few SDRW reviews that have been posted lately and reading through everyone's thoughts and comments. I've learned that Pamplemousse is not making the impression I had expected and it is also adding a 20% gratuity to the bill (Baleen did this, too). I've learned that 1500 Ocean is probably worth a stop on a regular night (and didn't add 20% gratuity) and Tapenade is now on my list of places to try.
While I like the detailed, individual reviews, I thought it would be nice to have a spot to comment on SDRW in general. Like:
Who else is tacking on 20% gratuity and do you think it's worth it? Are they also the restaurants that are charging $40 instead of $30?
Do you still feel you're getting a value at $40, or are the dishes leaving you feeling like you paid an extra $10 than you should?
If you've been to the restaurant before, do you think the service or quality of food is dramatically different (either extra effort to show off or a lack of caring quality)?
If you tried a new restaurant, would you come back to pay full price (for an entree, and maybe split dessert) or are you just glad you got to check it out at a "reduced" price and if you have a special occasion you'll come back? Conversely, did you have such a sad experience during SDRW that you won't come back even if they're lauded as wonderful the rest of the year?
I'll start below..