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7488 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL | Directions 3281928.449806 -81.484312
Neighborhoods: Doctor Phillips
Eh... – I'll start off by saying I could see how some would like this place. It's dark and noisy, which make some people feel like it's a vibrant night hotspot. For me, it felt a little overwhelming. The service was decent, a little overbearing, but friendly enough. I expected the food to have a little more zing for my buck, but whatever. The place gets a decent amount of business, so they must be doing something right...I just didn't see it.
For special occasions... – Just went with a party of 6 last evening...originally booked for 4 and called late afternoon and the hostess was more than happy to accomodate us...everything on the menu is a la carte, so it can get pretty expensive..the wine list is extensive but priced for by the glass and not by the bottle, so ask about bottle pricing...we had the mozzarello fritti: thick, yet lightly breaded mozzarello pieces, perfectly seasoned and served with a spicy marinara sauce...and spinach/artichoke dip/fondue....served with seasoned cracker strips...wonderful but not enough dippers.....salads....tomato and fresh mozzarella, spinach, and watercress/argula...all had different tastes and were fresh and delicious...the entrees were the pork chop...thick and juicy....served medium as anything more dries the meat out...and with a side of wedge potatoes.$4 extra...were crisp and light and not greasy....veal marsala...the sauce was great to dip with the hot, hard rolls....the7 oz. filet was done medium rare with a side of peppercorn sauce..extra charge, of course....and the garlic mashed potatoes, also extra...were a perfect complement to each other...the filet was tender...and the potatoes were like homemade...creamy.....the ahi tuna served on fresh greens and balsamic chopped tomatoes was light and mild yet filling...the shrimp and lobster ravolli was served in a light tomato sauce..there are 6 on a platter and enjoyed....the lasagna bolognese looked very hardy and was loaded with chopped meat....we were way too stuffed for dessert but have indulged in them before....our server had a lovely presentation of chocolate covered strawberries and other coated delights, tiramasu, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, and 3 other treats...all in small, decorative glasses...just enough to share....their taste and quality are good but not great, especially after a large meal...the atmosphere is dark yet friendly, the wait staff is knowledgable, but when the bar and dining areas get crowded, it gets very loud.
So Bad, it used to be great – Our dining experience began when my wife phoned for dinner reservations, only to learn that they were not accepting any more reservations for the evening.
The person on the other end of the phone then told my wife in a sarcastic voice that she didn't know, that it was first come, first serve, and "that's the way it is the restaurant business."
In spite of the sarcasm my wife endured on the phone, we decided to try our luck, so agreed to meet the rest of our party at the restaurant at 4:30 p.m. (It was my birthday, so my choice). We arrived at 4:20 so we could try to get our name on a list for a table before the others arrived. Although disappointed, we accepted the fact that it would be a 30-40 minute wait. Some 40 minutes later, I inquired about our table and was told ours would be the next "big table".
At 45 minutes, I checked back with the hostess I had spoken with. She told me they were setting our table at that time. At 50 minutes, I mentioned the estimate I had been given and how long we had been waiting. I also inquired about a large table we could see from the lobby, a table that had been vacant ever since we got there. I was told that table was reserved.
I have no problem with a business saving a table that is reserved, but it seemed kind of pointless to hold a table for an hour when you have a lobby full of people waiting to be seated, some of which would have already eaten and left the establishment by he time of the reservation.
Needless to say, by this time I was not too enchanted with Timpanos, and as a result, did not enjoy what should have been a festive occasion. Whether it was waiting almost an hour to be seated or just a bad night for the chef, I didn't enjoy my meal any more than the time spent standing in the lobby of the restaurant. In all fairness, I would like to compliment our waitress, but she had too many tables to find time for us. She was friendly, pleasant, and efficient.
Great Food and Service but LOUD – Concierge at The Peabody recommended Timpano so we went there for dinner. Nice selection of pasta, seafood and beef as well as chicken and veal dishes. Started with the tomato stack - red and yellow tomatoes with think slabs of mozzerella and basil and drizzled with a little oil and balsamic. Large enough to share for two. YUM. I had the Kobe seared pork chop. Juicy and cooked to perfection! My co-worker had the chicken parmasan and she said it was terrific. Had a side of garlic mashed potatoes - again large enough to share. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Our servers were friendly, witty and knowledgeable about the food and wines. Carlos had a smile and a comment for everything. Timpano's could clone him and teach other restaurants a thing or two!
My only complaint was the decible level once the restaurant filled up. Ear-splitting and virtually impossible to hear the person sitting across the table from you.
Try this place. You won't be disappointed!
I went into this restaurant and presented a gift certificate that they sent me and they refused to honor it.
The Manager tried to claim that it was valid only in the dining room (I sat in the bar) yet the certificate never stated that.
You can check it out for yourself by making a reservation on opentable.com and you will get a reply e-mail from the restaurant that offers you a free drink or appetizer. It does not mention anything about having to buy dinner.
The Manager sat and argued with me that he was right and I was wrong. Clearly, this Manager needs customer service training.
If you are going to use a gift certificate be very careful as they may give you a hard time.
For me, I will not be dining in this "No Service" restaurant.
Two too many occasions ruined – One evening, I went there with my significant other. The service was bad. The servers are unattentive and slow. At the end of the evening, we asked for our leftovers to go and the dessert menu. The waiter did not come back for 20mins. At that point, we skipped dessert and boxed leftovers. When we arrived home we discovered it was someone else's.
On another occasion, I made reservations for Valentine's day. The hostess taking the reservation said that I was the first one to make reservations as she put my information in the computer and that it would be no problem to get me the seating that I requested. When we arrived, we had lousy service and did not get seated where requested.
I am over paying over $40 bucks PP for food that isn't good and being thristy the entire time. I will never go back.
Over-rated. – The Good: The 8oz filet was very good. The grilled vegetables were good, especially the tomatoes and peppers. The hot rolls were excellent. Complimentary valet parking was nice. The service was good, lots of trips for water, and friendly. I got right in at 7:30pm on Thurs.
The Bad: It was really noisy, impossible to have a conversation. The lights were too dim to read the menu ... someone noticed me trying to find some light that would reflect off the page enough to read and brought me an LED flashlight. The price was high for the food. The steak and vegetables were $32 tonight. The Rockhampton ribeye at Outback is just as good and the steamed vegetables are better for 2/3s the price.
The worst steak ever, and bad service too!!! – I ate there with my wife and the service started out O.K. However, the waiter never asked how our food was, I was ready to tell him the truth (i.e. bad). My steak was fatty and cooked wrong. I would have rather had a Steak-um sandwich. My wife had the Thanksgiving special which was O.K. The waiter never asked us how our food was and disappeared after it was delivered. For some reason it took 10 minutes to seat us even though the place was empty. That should have been our first clue.
Nice Service – I ate with two friends the other day and the service and food was very good. I had the bone in Ribeye and they had the filet. The filets looked a little small, but they ordered the 8 oz version. I would suggest the bone in 14 oz. myself.
When they brought out my Ribeye it did not have the Gorgonzola topping that I ordered, and when I mentioned it they had the correct steak out in two minutes -- they must have grabbed the wrong one off the grill.
The service was very good and I would recommend the Cesar salad. The dressing was good and not too overbearing.
I had also eaten here about six months ago with a group of 15 people and they did a nice job with the group too.
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