I had read mostly very positive reviews for Table 34. I found and liked their menu on-line (although surprised to see that they don't seem to have their own web-site).
So Deb and I made a reservation and arrived about 7:45 pm on Friday evening. The place was no more than half full when we got there (and never got busier during our meal).
The hostess greeted us perfunctorily, and immediately led us through the half-empty restaurant to a table right by the kitchen where we could hear the noise, see the bright lights and stacked dishes. After some negotiation, she finally let us pick a table away from "Siberia".
Our server was very pleasant and accomodating throughout the meal.
The vodka and soda I ordered arrived with completely flat soda water, and Deb's ginger ale was also flat (but she kind of likes it that way). I asked our server to please check with the bartender, and he arrived back with another one that had at least some "fizz", but I was not going to complain further. During the process I noted that there is no bartender; the servers mixed the drinks.
I ordered the crab cake appetizer that was a nightly "special", and was told that it was 95 % fresh crab meat. It came as advertised and was very good. The accompanying dipping sauce was less than memorable; however the crab cakes were nicely crisped and really did not require any sauce.
Deb ordered the baby back rib "special" and it was decent but certainly not outstanding. The sauce was on the sweet side.
The big shock came when I ordered the meatloaf. It was described on the menu as: "All Beef Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Onion Gravy $21.25". Certainly very pricey for meatloaf, as I have generally seen it at mid-range restaurants in the $12-15 range. However I am a big fan, and thought that it would undoubtedly have all kinds of cool ingredients to add to the meat, and decided to go with it. Big mistake, for which I certainly have to take some ownership.
It never occurred to me that "All Beef" meatloaf meant literally that: ALL BEEF and no other discernable ingredient. It came out in the shape of 2 thick, dark slices of french toast, with gravy, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. I really tried to like it, but the texture was soft and gelatinous -- almost like pureed beef spam. After a few bites I just had to give up and I ate the sides. Now I certainly admit that it may be my lack of appreciation for a different "take" on traditonal meatloaf, or my failure to ask our server more about it.
The potatoes were fine, but there seemed to be a minimal hint of onion in the "onion gravy". The greens in the mixed veggie side tasted as if they had spent several hours on a steam table.
Finally, and I guess by now I should have known better, I ordered a cup of black coffee. At a restaurant with this price point I expected a better taste than I would get at midnight at a Denny's just before a shift change, but was again disappointed. I don't believe that it is too much to expect fresh, good coffeee at these prices.
There was a big dude who hung out near the bar and seemed to be some kind of owner or front of the house person. He mostly hung our and chatted with regulars, but otherwise appeared disinterested in the proceedings.
I really, really wanted to like this place, and had even talked Deb out of going to another restaurant so we could try it. I certainly would never return if I had to pay the tab.
600 E Warm Springs Rd Ste 180, Las Vegas, NV 89119