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Dr. Steinbaum is great. The office runs efficiently; I've never had to wait more than 10 minutes for my appointment.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
John Pisto's Whaling Station. Very expensive place to go, in our case to celebrate my wife's birthday. 4 of us went there on a Wednesday night with reservations and a 20 mile drive through a rain storm. We were seated promptly. There were maybe 5 other tables with customers in the dining area. From then on, we were ignored by our waiter. We at least had plenty of bread to eat while we waited about 20 minutes to place our orders. I noticed there was a tray of meat cuts, but our waiter never went to the trouble of showing them to us. he was too pre-occupied with 4 diners who arrived 15 minutes after we did and seemed to be VIPs, buying lobster and drinking lots of bottles of wine. They got his full attention, even in the middle of his Caesar salad preparation. Dinner took almost 2 1/2 hours, without coffee or dessert. We were never shown a dessert tray, and a menu was offered after we requested our check. This evening was ruined by insultingly inattentive service. But it gets worse. The next morning I emailed John Pisto a respectful complaint. I waited almost 2 days before I realized he wasn't going to respond, so I put a negative review on Trip Advisor, calling the management terrible. It gets even worse. As soon as that review was posted 3 days later, I get a call at home from Mr. Pisto. Was he calling to say he was sorry about our experience? We did blow $400 on the fiasco. No, he lit into me for daring to call such a seasoned, busy restaurateur a terrible manager (I don't think he was even there the night of our visit.) Then, after chewing me out (no swear words, at least), he hung up on me. That, folks, is somebody who doesn't care about satisfying his customers, only about his, and his restaurant's, reputation. Forget the folksy persona he exudes on his cooking shows, web sites, and newspaper columns. Dine here at your own risk, and believe all the negative reviews, especially the ones that are "filtered" .
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Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Maybe the best sand dabs in the area. The filet mignon is also excellent. The menu covers the basics; the kitchen and service create tasty dinners at a moderate price. The atmosphere is French provincial. Definitely deserving of a night out.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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The only reason I'd consider dissing this place is so more people wouldn't get in my way when I stay here. How can you not love the manager's reception? After a couple hours of drinks, who cares about anything else? It's great!
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We rented an apartment owned and managed by Vittoria in Carmel, CA. Managed with a qualifier. They do not care about their tenants. Our apartment was infested with silverfish from Day 1. They crawled through clothes, silverware, bedding, and Vittoria did nothing about it except send a guy to spray it with Raid. We paid out of our own pocket for an exterminator, but the entire building was so infested, spraying one unit was futile. He went back twice, and there were still silverfish. This was on the corner of 5th and Junipero, nice location, next to motels. Vittoria was so chintzy they weren't willing to pay an exterminator to even provide an ESTIMATE to fumigate the building because it might cost $50 (actually, it would have been gratis). Needless to say, we moved out before the lease expired. And of course, Vittoria charged for every nickel and dime they could legally get away with from the "damage" deposit. We knew that Vittoria had a terrible reputation before moving there, but bug infestation didn't occur to us. I admit, we were suckers. The question is, if you are considering doing business with these people, are you suckers, too?
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago