best for great food and romance. 10 years ago my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary at Slokum House. My husband said I'll meet you here in another 10 years, so we did. It was a very memorable experience. They were premiering the new menu last night . What a treat! Everything we had was delicious. The atmosphere was delightful, the roosters were great entertainment. As the night went on the roosters went to bed and the beautiful patio lit up. The service was impeccable. Very proffesional. We decided waiting another 10 years would be to long to wait and go again, so we're going again next week and bring our daughter for her graduation dinner. The last great memorable meal like this one was a couple of years ago In London at Simpson on the Strand. Slokum House was right up there with that. Thankyou Brendon for taking such good care of us. See you next week.
SLOW Come House. Boyfriend took me here for our one year anniversary last Saturday and the service was absolutely terrible. It took what seemed like an eternity to get our food and it arrived cold! You would think the bussers or someone would give a hint to our server. Then once we got our food we were rushed! Thank you for ruining our evening.
The atmosphere, perfect..
I needed a upscale romantic fine dining restaurant to take my wife to celebrate our wedding and Siocum House did the job.
It had a nice ambiance and we had a great time.
I ordered the seared ahi and my wife had the mahi mahi, they both were superb. We couldn't stop eating off each others plates.
The atmosphere, perfect.
Slocum House isn't what it use to be 1 0f 2.
The Slocum House at one time was a fine place to dine, but as times change, so did the Slocum House. I had called and spoke with Matt and requester a reservation at 7:30. I ask not to be placed on a traffic Isle, a table or booth out of the way would be ok, and that privacy was desired with a server that knew their job. I did let matt know of my background in the food industry and asked him to make sure that if he wasn't going to be there that someone knew what I desired.. He recommended a server called Heather. Upon our arrival the hostess confirmed the reservation and asked if a booth would be ok. He asked to check the ladies coat and we said yes, he them proceeded to remove her coat and then handed her the coat check tag...this is so wrong in fine dining. The hostess never touches the guest if there is a man in presence and should always ask if help is needed all other times... He sat us down on the main isle with the traffic going by us miles a minute, trays were going by us, and servers were passing within inches of us. Dirty dishes, etc...We moved into the back of the booth for safety. The rest of the evening was a show like no other. The servers were like HAWKS. You felt like you were in a fish bowl and eyes were upon you all the time. They were intrusive to the point I had to tell them to go away. Had to tell them stop clearing the table that I'm not done yet. They made so many minor mistakes that you wonder for the fine dining place this once was where they received their training...Denny?s?
They don't want you there!.
Let me begin by saying the food is exquisite. That being said, I'd like to add that it was probably one of the worst dining experiences we've ever had.
We were seated at a tiny table near the entry to one of the dining rooms. Our cocktails showed up less than a minute before the appetizers and immediately followed by the wine. There was not enough room on the table to place our $50 bottle of wine until we had the waiter remove the candle and flower. The bread was served already sliced and stale, and the busboys attempted to remove our appetizer not once but twice before we were finished. I guess they needed somewhere to put our salads? Throughout this astounding experience my husband is constantly being brushed by waiters.
We were in and out of there and back home in under an hour. For this we paid near $200.00! Sorry folks, the food may be good but we sure won't be back!
Turning a dream wedding into a Nightmare.
My boss decided to have her wedding at the Slocum House, who provides a banquet coorddinator. After the contracts were drawn, it was practically impossible to get ahold of her. As my co-workers and I were helping out with the wedding details, we needed table measurements for linen, the restaurant will provide black or white linen; however, they have all round tables outside, and all of their linen is for square tables. Ok, we will order linen the linen we want, but it took almost 2 weeks to contact the coordinator to get table measurements. During this time my boss asked about a cake stand, for a cake that she decided to get from the restaurant. Turns out that their idea of a cake stand is a piece of wood with foil wrapped around it. Really? Well, doesn't get more romantic than that. Not to mention that the cake tastes like it was made from the same piece of wood.
The weddings there are only allowed from 11am to 4pm. They will not let you reserve for an evening wedding. The coordinator said that we could show up at 9am to prepare for the wedding and take pictures and such. TEN DAYS! before the wedding, my boss is frustrated because she is still trying to contact the coordinator, she decided she would speak to the manager, (3rd manager since she booked the wedding) He told her that we could not show up until 10am (1/2 hour before guests show up), and that he could not accomodate some of the things in the original contract. He asked if she has decided what she wants on the menu, she told him that nobody would contact her regarding these issues. So 10 days prior...the meal plan has not been set, the coordinater is MIA, she is told that her cake will be on plywood, and the wedding party practically has to show up with the guests. They will not move the tables around either so some of the guests will be staring at a fountain instead of the ceremony. If all this had happend prior to ten days before the wedding it definately would have been moved elswhere.
Best dinner I've had in a while. I don't get to eat out at fine dining places very often, so when my mom asked me if I wanted to go somewhere nice for a change, I thought of the Slocum House right away. I had always heard wonderful things about the place. When we got there, I didn't know what to make of the chickens roaming around in the streets and the parking lot, but any concerns I had melted away when I saw how beautiful the setting was. From the parking lot, you go up a walkway into what feels like the woods and you see a gorgeous house amidst sparkling lights with the sound of trickling water coming from a lovely fountain. We were greeted by a smiling young man who led us to a great table with a view of the front courtyard (we had reservations and we were on time). I didn't get a chance to see the rest of the restaurant, but the room we were in was very cozy - though the lighting was a little dim. Being somewhat daring, we ordered something called "poke cones" for an appetizer. I thought the food was going to be old-fashioned (which is great, too, don't get me wrong), so I didn't expect what appeared in front of us - a very modern looking presentation of three ice-cream-type cones with chunks of tuna with an awesome sauce on a three-tiered metal dish. She and I will go back again just for that appetizer; it was amazing! For an entree, my mom ordered the seared ahi - YUM! - and I ordered the skirt steak - even more YUM! The New York steak came with green beans and mashed potatoes, but these weren't your average green beans and mashed potatoes. Better than Mom makes (sorry, Mom). We didn't order dessert, but what we saw at the other tables looked delicious! The service was great, too! I think that nowadays, as a young person, I feel like the old-fashioned and the modern juxtapose, and it's hard to find a balance. But I really had a great experience at the Slocum House, and it renewed my faith that there can be a harmony between the two. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for the Slocum House!
"Most Romantic Restaurant" Ruined our Romantic Evening.
My husband and I recently chose the Slocum House to celebrate our first anniversary. We made reservations, and showed up on time. When we entered the restaurant, we weren't greeted by the hostess, even though no one else was in the foyer. She still didn't greet us or even smile, but rather, just grabbed two menus and started walking. We followed, and even through the restaurant was almost entirely empty (it was early in the evening on a thursday) she seated us in the tiny little maids room corner with a view of the kitchen and the servers walking in and out every few seconds. I knew that I wasn't going to be able to have a romantic evening in this spot, and even though I hate to do it, I asked her if we could please be seated somewhere else. She said she'd have to set a table for us, and left. Several minutes later she returned, and we followed her into the bar. I was too embarrased to ask to be moved again, after she had obviously set a bare table, but it was just awful. It was loud, it was cold, gnats kept landing in my food, we were surrounded by drunks in shorts and t-shirts, and all the servers kept coming in to trade gossip. It was obviously not a dining area as no other tables were set and the server gave us a confused look when he showed up. I ordered special, which was a filet, and it was drenched in a heavy, old fashioned tasting sauce, which was totally unneccesary and it made me wonder if they were trying to disguise something. We waited for nearly an hour before we were brought our entrees and we split a creme brulee, which was burnt.
You only get to celebrate a first anniversary once in your life, and I almost left in tears it was such a miserable experience. And all this for $150.00 for two. I will never return to the Slocum House, and i will never be able to recommend it to anyone.
Average at best. I read all the comments here and concluded that the negatives were just off days and that it couldn't be so bad. Well, I was wrong. First and foremost, the most romantic place in Sacramento?? Are you kidding me? I thought sitting outside would be nice. We saw people wearing shorts- which normally is fine, but at the most romantic place in Sac? The chickens didn't bother me much, but the flies and mosquitos did. There was one server and one buser for the entire outside. So suffice to say we got pretty impersonal service. The food was average. Totally not worth the price. I told the server it was my friend's birthday, and she semi-reluctantly brought a tiny dish of ice cream with a candle stuck in it. When you are paying $100 + for 2 people for dinner, that's the best you can do? All in all I was very disappointed with Slocum House and will not be returning.
Worst Service Ever. As I ascended the graceful steps up to the "majestic" Slocum House i was anxious. I had heard so many good things about the restaurant online, so my wife and I decided to give it a try. After we were sat at a table, next to a stair case that smelled like old people, we were greeted a good 15 minutes later. We were approached by a younger server, who was extremely uninformed about the menu. My wife and I concluded he looked a lot like Harry Potter, if you know your fiction, that is. I ordered the lobster bisque for starters, which was burned badly. I didn't know that was even possible. My wife went for the caesar, which was mediocre at best. 45 minutes later, yes 45 minutes, our entrees arrived. I had the salmon, my wife had the mixed sautee. The salmon was a bland, tastless piece of meat. The sauce was ok, I wish i knew the name of it. We asked our server but he didnt seem to know either. The mixed sautee was better, but its hard to enjoy a meal when your upset with the feeling of neglection and the stale scent of old women in your nose. I wouldn't recommend eating at this restaurant to anyone, and if you insist on going don't sit inside. This is such a waste of money, and a waste of time. I have no idea how they stay in business.
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