Delicious Food, UNACCEPTABLE Service. I joined my friends for a Sunday night dinner on the patio at Slocum House on Sunday evening (9/12). I frequent midtown and downtown Sacramento upscale restaurants more often than hidden spots like the Slocum House. I ordered the pork chop which was phenomenal. The menu entices with many delicious options. The ambience is beautiful. However, the service was unappetizing, particularly our server. Although knowledgeable about cuisine, he was more interested in selling as much as possible than contributing to an enjoyable dining experience. His manner was arrogant beyond his age. I would love to return to Slocum House if I were to have a more sincere server. I would recommend many other fine restaurants in the Sacramento area before the Slocum House due to this experience.
Dumb and Dumber.
Lloyd: Excuse me, Flo?! What's the Soup d'Hier?
Waitress: It's the soup of yesterday.
Lloyd: Oh, that sounds gross. I won't have that...
That's right, even Lloyd and Harry were wise not to order yesterday's soup. Heck, Slocum House'd probably be better off having them write the menu, too. "Soup of Yesterday"? Seriously?! I couldn't believe my eyes after reading the menu! I imagine if you told a homeless person at a soup kitchen you were serving yesterday's soup, you might very well get it spat back in your face! I suppose if they're garnishing with "fine" herbs - fines herbs is correct - then it might make up for quality. They are, after all, "fine herbs," right?! Who knows? Maybe it's an indication of the herbs' freshness (i.e. less than 24 hours old).
I also saw "Artic" Char on the Valentine's menu. Problem is, I can't seem to find the "Artic" on my globe! Maybe it's the part of the globe where they make "parmesan reggiano."
So there you have it, ladies and gents... it's safe to say that there's direct correlation between a bad menu and an overall bad experience.
Soooooo disappointing. Well, the service was wonderful but the bread and entress left much to be desired. We have going to Slocum House for years and have always LOVED the food...until last night. The bread was unbelievably stale-tasted several days old. The goat cheese and beet salad had a terribly tart and overpowering champagne vinagrette dressing and was served on a plate not sized properly for the plate beneath it, so it kept clanging against it every time we would take a bite.One of my friends and I each had the hanger steak frite. The meat was not cooked as ordered. I ordered medium-one piece was medium rare and the other was extremely well. The crispy shoestring potatoes were mediocre at best. We asked for mashed potatoes, but they could not serve them to us because they only had enough for the entrees that were meant to be served with them. Another friend had the New York-said it was just ok and the truffled mac and cheese was nothing special. The white chocolate creme brulee and banana cheesecake were just average-nothing special. As stated previously though, the service was amazing. We couldn't understand what was going on in the kithchen since we have always LOVED the food.The hostess told us they have a new chef in the kitchen, but we loved the last chef. Where is he now? Let's hope our next meal at Slocum House is a bit more of a success.
Car broken into last tuesday.
They failed in trying to disable the alarm. I could tell cuz they popped the hood and disconnected the battery.
It was parked on a poorly lit public street outside only because Slocum House has a small parking space and no security that I know of. I'm certain they do not have a valet otherwise I would have *angry* When I filed the police report I was told theft and vandalism is very common for that area.
Was inside between 7:00pm and 8:45pm.
Smashed front driver side window, took MP3 player, Stereo, Samsonite brief case.
Damage to steering wheel and airbag, glove box and glass in every corner of the car. They somehow cracked the windshield... Insurance covered the glass with no deductable.
Save yourself the risk of having to deal with parking here otherwise you will be scouring craigslist every fifteen minutes for your belongings.
Not so sure. I am new to this whole online review thing and I love it! I can't wait to post more about my favs and not so favs. I am reviewing the slocum house because I had the displeasure of going there the other night. First off, let me say the service, from the hostess to the bussboy was top notch all the way. I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country and they are right there on top of their game. Now, the food!!! What the hell????? I remember when Crush 29 opened, everyone was talking about the food and after I went there, I was like meh; pretty good, and I have eaten there many times since. The Slocum House wasn't even...meh, it was like the "chef" watches the food network for inspiration! I mean black truffle mac'n'cheese???? It would have been ok had it tasted good but it didn't, it was wierd. I had the artichoke appetizer with a bleu cheese "fondu". It tasted like cream with hints of bleu cheese! At Crush 29 they have a really good artichoke with sesame seeds and an awsome dipping sauce. Also, the wine list sucked at slocum house compared to places like cush 29 or the firehouse or hell, even Raleys for that matter! But, with all that said they will make you and a date feel special....like a king really. If your into good food this isn't the place for you!! I would have given them one star but the service was so good....parking blooows by the way, wear hiking boots:)
Apparently you can pay to have your review removed....
... on other review sites. So consider me a born-again city searcher... Here's what was removed:
Bad Wine List, Worse Service
First off, the food was just okay, certainly not like I remember during my visit Fall of last year. The crab cakes were burned on one side and ice cold in the middle. The plates were cold with our entrees and our salad plates were warm. The meal could have been wonderful but that just ruined the overall experience from the start for me. What the hell is going on in the dish department anyways?
Back to the service and wine list. I was hoping with the rumors of their new chef would come the desperately needed new service and revamping of the outdated decor. Guess not.
Their wine list is still the same cookie-cutter list with nothing unique or otherwise hard to find. At least have something I can't get at my local BevMo. I want to be impressed and be able to impress others, maybe even try a new bottle and learn something new. If I want rare bottle with dinner and a nice Sauternes with dessert at least have some in the inventory. If you're confused write your wine list after going to Corti Bros and Berkley's, not your local grocer. Darrell is a nice enough guy... maybe he can give you some pointers?
Another thing is the wine list is clearly not designed around the food. Sure, there are bottles that will accompany a dish safely but it's obvious that the Sommelier and chef have not talked, assuming they even have a Sommelier given their lackluster inventory. That might explain their not needing a true wine professional.
Another lesson in wine service is to get the damn bottle to the customer asap! I realize inventory walking away can be a problem for most restaurants but it took forever to get our wine. And thanks for popping the cork with the bottle under your arm pit. I like hints of deodorant and antiperspirant with my wine. Look, if the bottle is a little stubborn then place it on the table.
If you're looking to impress a date or friends from out of town go to the Fire House or Bibas instead.
good bread. I usually don't take the time to do this sort of thing but........... the service was soooooo bad. The food was pretty good... BUT the service was unbelievable!!!! It's like they forgot about us three times so we complained. We actually heard the manager (Sam) say " I'll just go sprinkle a little sam on them and it will be ok. What an arrogant @$#k!!!!! If your looking for a nice place this isn't it. What an @#^$%hole
I tried to go there on Tuesday July 21 2009 and they were closed....the sign said sorry and blah blah blah.
I didn't go there by choice by the way. Another restaurant bites the dust in this economy, I won't miss them though.
Worst Father's Day.
Let me just say if it weren't for the fact I had a great experience when I took my Mother and Grandmother for Mother's Day I would have given this review one star instead of two.
I know most places are busy on Father's Day evening but it was like they weren't even prepared. The server welcomed us by saying there was a new chef and menu. Okay... Food arrived way late and cold. You could have served me the best food in the world for all I care but when it arrives cold and an hour late all bets are off in my book. When the food arrived our server and I think the manager (the one wearing the tie) kept making us feel way rushed and unwelcomed. I apologized to my father who said, "Well, at least we're not that other table" refering to a neighboring table that waited twice as long.
I won't be going back any time soon.
You'll talk to MeganD but not me! It's over!.
Slocum House my love, we need to talk... We've been seeing each other on and off since I moved here in 2005 and typically had great times together.
Why did you ignore me last night? And when you finally acknowledge my presence you promised me a roller coaster of great new things and then rushed me through all of them! I always looked forward to the gifts of Calimari you'd bestow upon me accompanied with that wonderful orange dipping sauce! But last night you shocked me with that terrible lime mayonnaise. Why? Are you trying to tell me something, Slocum? You were more interested in MeganD last night, weren't you?
From now on I think it would be best if you continue to see other people.
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