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Getting worse and worse. I've been going to the Barking Dog for years. While service has always been marginal at best, the food and drinks were usually very good. Not so anymore. Last night is the last time we will go to this restaurant. Drinks were terrible, food worse and the service is as bad as ever. Save your money.
Worst service I've ever had. We have a large group of people who try out new restaurants/pubs every other week and of the 50 or so restaurants we've visited so far, the Barking Dog takes the cake for worst service we've ever had. 20 people can tend to get loud so we stick to places that are good for groups. The waitress was immediately rude to us when we arrived simply because we were a large group and wanted us to sit out on the patio so we didn't 'distrub' the other patrons (it's an Alehouse!). She tried to tell us she wouldn't serve us alcohol but had no legitimate reason so she reluctantly brought us pitchers. When I called later to speak to the supervisor about being treated so poorly, I recieved the same rude treatment and neither the waitress nor supervisor could provide any justification. I'd highly recommend going somewhere else.
Bad food, bad service!. My husband and I have attempted to go to Barking Dog, but always ended up there while they were closing. We finally went and ordered a pitcher of beer, goat cheese stuffed portabellas, gumbo and an ostrich burger. Our pitcher came out half full and they refilled it and left a puddle of beer on the table, our portabellas were cold with no dressing on the salad that came with, the gumbo was okay, but the ostrich burger was unseasoned and overcooked (plus the waiter forgot to ask what side I wanted, and sent it out with fries). The waiter was horrible, didn't say hardly anything, set our napkin-wrapped silverware IN the puddle of beer he left on the table from overpouring (but when the head went down, it was about 1/2 full), he asked if I wanted ketchup and mustard and didn't bring them after I told him yes, and I had to go to the bar to get them. He came by when we were nearly finished and asked how the food was. I said "it's alright" with a negative tone, he just walked away. He then gave us the check and proceeded to set that in the puddle of beer as well. Not to mention that the beer was extraordinarily bitter because the keg lines haven't been cleaned in forever. I will NOT be returning.
Great scotch & beer, good food, decent priceing, and VERY uneven customer service. The food, beverages, and atmosphere make for a home run. Unfortunately the revolving door of servers makes for frequent strike outs! The Dog is the perfect model of inconsistent personal being a recipe for disaster. Maybe management will figure it out someday.
All Bark, No Bite. I have tried to like this place, really. In the beginning it was okay overall...service never seemed all there, but I kept telling myself it was fine because I wanted so desperately to like a neighborhood place with a good beer selection. I finally had to stop suspending the reality of truly awful service and mediocre food in the pursuit of a good beer selection. Because no matter how much variety there is, someone does need to come to your table to take your order since I am sure they would frown upon me drawing my own pint at the bar--assuming they would notice. One waitress in particular was so bizarrely hostile to my wife that the only conclusion we could draw was that it was a case of mistake identity. It was odd.
Great Food - Awful service. Great hidden location in Ballard, excellent food and beer selection, just stay away from the seafood cakes. Unfortunately, you need to wait forever to get anything. We had to get our own menus, ask for the table to get cleaned. Walk to the bar to get more beer, and there's nothing worse than waiting half an hour to finally pay the bill so you can leave. It's too bad, only restaurant I know that serves great beers but doesn't want to stop by your table. Never going back again......
Great place for lazy beer drinkers!. The beer selection is outstanding here! Although half the beers on the list were no longer available, the server did tell me what they had replaced them with and seemed very knowledgable about the rotating selection. The food on the other hand could use some improvement. It seems to have the potential to be good, but was not. My food was overcooked and my friends food was undercooked. You just can't win with the food here, but a great place for beers....expensive beers.
a abit over crowded. service for food gets slower later in the evening mostly because it gets kinda crowded. But the beer selection is huge...a great chance to try out some micro brews that you might otherwise miss
Bad Service, No. The service is awful: slow, discourteous, uptight, frumpy, and pretentiously suburban. Its a neighborhood hangout that doesn't fit in with the laid-back culture of the neighborhood. Scotch menu is good, food is ok but trying too hard, but only if you're feeling too lazy to leave the neighborhood and go to an actual restaurant downtown.
User review by seaturtle. What a great secret hideaway in Ballard! This place has an awesome selection of beers and great food to go along with it! I have been 3 times and it has always been crowded and a little loud, but if you just relax and have a beer its well worth the wait. The servers are especially friendly,although busy, they make the experience very enjoyable and well worth the wait through the crowd.
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