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Sean Friar
Works at UCLA
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Composer and pianist
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  • UCLA
    Lecturer of Composition and Theory, 2012 - present
  • American Academy in Rome
    Rome Prize Fellow, 2011 - 2012
The ambience here is quite nice and the building has been attractively remodeled – it's definitely a hip, sophisticated place to go. The cocktails are among the best in downtown, and they have an impressive wine list. They have a few excellent dishes, and many that are just good... though, "good" is admittedly not good enough for a restaurant with a reputation like Redbird's (not to mention the price). My biggest problem with Redbird is the service. While service is always friendly and enthusiastic, something goes wrong every time I am there. One time, our waiter went into a lot of detail about the order in which we should eat our dishes (which I liked), but then he didn't check on us until we were nearly finished with our last dish to see that we were never brought our first dish. After he'd so emphasized that we should eat it first, we really didn't want them to bring it last. A disappointment, as it was something we were excited to try. To Redbird's credit, though, they made it up to us in the bill, and we left happy with the experience and eager to return. Our next experience, though, just confirmed for me that the problems in service are consistent. Most recently, our waiter was bordering on overly attentive (e.g. coming by to ask me how my cocktail was when I was clearly still working on their delightful complimentary apertif) up until we ordered and then was quite inattentive afterward. After my first drink was empty, I waited for at least ten minutes for him to check on us and when he didn't, ended up asking a busboy for a cocktail menu. Eventually, our waiter came back and got my order for a second drink. Then, when our first entree came out, no one thought to bring us silverware. This left us with a $40 entree that was getting cold in front of us and no one came to check on us for several minutes... again, I had to take matters into my own hands and take silverware from a neighboring table. These aren't huge problems, but they are embarrassing oversights for a restaurant that bills itself as being near the top of downtown eating experiences. I wish I had more people checking to see if I needed silverware or another drink, and fewer asking me if they could clear my plate (I was prematurely asked if my plate could be cleared for each of my three courses during my last visit). There seem to be a lot of staff on hand, so I'm not sure what needs to be done.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
3 reviews