Decatur >Food & Dining > Watershed Inc
406 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.775633 -84.301742
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun brunch 10am-3pm
One of the best dining experiences! – My husband and I dined at Watershed last night for our anniversary. We had a reservation at 7:30 pm. We found a parking place right up front. Our waiter was a pure joy. He was very happy and helpful. I would ask for his table next time we go (and that will be very soon!). We ordered the butter bean hummus to start ? delicious. It was creamy and peppery and we loved the soft pita and crisp green beans that were served with it. I ordered the oven baked bbq chicken and my husband ordered the catfish. He said that it was the best catfish he had ever had! My chicken was moist and yummy. The sides were great as well. The coleslaw was perfect ? not too much mayo. The corn and tomatoes were so fresh they seemed like they were picked that day! Then we had coffee and chocolate cake. And the cake was simply divine. It was warm and quiet in the restaurant as well which made it even more enjoyable as well as not being super crowded. We are so excited to go back again and take our friends and family with us!
Favorite Restaurant – I love the food here. Everything is so delicious, from the most basic roll to pancakes, shrimp and rice, fried chicken. If it sounds simple, it is good.
Never Going Back – I had been to Watershed one other time and it was okay (service was slow) but I was willing to give it another try. I had some friends in town from LA and I was excited to take them to a southern restaurant so I thought Watershed would be a nice place to go. I lived to regret that decision...it was a Wednesday night when we went and it wasn't crowded yet the service was soooooo slow that it took nearly 20 minutes before we were able to put our order in. Then, it took over an hour to get our food and our waitress was nowhere to be seen when our drinks needed to be refilled. The rest of the waitstaff definitely wasn't looking out for anyone else because we couldn't get anyone's attention for at least 10 minutes. On top of it, the special dish of the night that our waitress recommended was full of peanuts which my friend had ordered and thank heavens, she wasn't allergic but you'd think that our waitress would've mentioned it when she was telling us about it. It was a huge disappointment and I will never go back and I will never recommend this place to anyone. I was truly embarassed to have taken my friends there.
Can we order now - what? – This place comes with so much hype. We came in for a romantic dinner which was a good thing - since we had to practically sit in one another's lap to make conversation. It was incredibly loud that even our waitress couldn't hear us when we tried to order - and really seemed irritated when we commented about the noise level. We just ended up having a drink and leaving.
I don't know why restaurants interpret hip as being loud and sterile. I like enjoying conversation over dinner in a warm environment - I guess I'm just not cool enough to get it.
I recently ate at Watershed - the food was OK - it certainly wasn't the best I have had, by far. The desserts were pretty awful to be truthful.
The wine was great and the service was nice.
Generally though it was way over priced and not that great and there are many many other great places to eat that I would chose over going back. Disappointing.
horrible service – Our dinner group had a 7:00pm reservation for Tuesday fried chicken night. We had to chage our reservtion to 8:00pm because the could not accomodate 3 additional people in our party. We were seated on time but our waiter took his time making it to our table to take our orders. Appparently they ran out of chicken before 7:00pm that day (why would you promote Tuesday nights as fried chicken night and run out before 7??? ) It took an hour for our order to be placed and for our food to be brought to the table ( without ANY apologies from out waiter). We were starving and pretty cranky by this point. The food was ok at best. The two of us that had the salmon patties felt sick the next day. In a hour, the same waiter was hovering over our table trying to rush us out. Our dinner group will not be going back.
washed out at the Watershed – Both the Food Channel and the AJC highly recommended this restaurant. However, for me, the experience left much to be desired. We found the decor to be plain and the lighting was much too dark; two of our dinner guests could hardly read the menu. Our waiter was pleasant but was not much for giving us "hints" as to what we could expect of the appetizers and entrees (perhaps he was just an honest young man and didn?t want to lie). After all, as mother says, "If you don?t have something good to say ...say nothing at all". His knowledge of wine was poor. When we sent back a bottle of Merlot he suggested that it needed to be decanted. That was not the problem.
We were all pleased with the appetizers which were tasty (fried chicken livers with mixed greens and saute of wild mushrooms with cheese and country ham on toast). But our entrees were surprisingly unremarkable and bland. The Beef Stroganoff was dry (yes dry) not creamy with sour cream and it was served at room temperature. The Country Captain (a single roasted chicken breast) was plain and the only thing that made it special was the accompaniment of a small portion of chutney. The chutney was the best part of the dish. My entree was the Low Country Shrimp. It was ordinary, hardly any spice at all.
There was no special presentation of any sort to any of the dishes, including the desserts, which looked like a kid had cut a piece of cake and just set it on a plate before bringing it to our table. Finally, there didn?t seem to be any theme to the cuisine. I came looking for gold (silver at least) and left finding only nickel.
Terrible food. No flavor – I had the catfish (at least that's what the menu said) Instead they served me a tiny whole fish fried with very little meat on the bones. I was very disappointed and felt sick afterwords.
Left feeling upset – I have always loved the watershed but my last few visits have left me feeling very upset. A couple of weeks ago my wife sister mother and I were haveing a nice meal. The food and service was good as it always is and the night was going very well. Then my mother pointed out a kitchen worker standing behind the bar makeing himself a cocktail !! I didnt think much of it at the time and let it go. My next visit was very much the same we were haveing a nice meal when i looked up to see the same worker again pooring himself a cocktail!! I asked a server who the employee was and she told us he was the new sous chef. Im concerned about a chef who thinks its wise to be drinking while guests are in the building. I became very upset. My friends talked me down and we left without saying anything. I have been eating at watershed 4- 6 times a month for the last few years. I love the place i had my 39th birthday at watershed but this leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.. I cant say that i wont be returning but i can say that it will no longer be my first choice. we pay to much money to have people who are drinking mke our food .
Yummy & Creative Food – I went to Watershed for brunch w/ friends after a bachelorette party & the food was delicious. They quoted a 30-min wait on a Sunday morning, but it only ended up being 10 min. Our waiter was funny & attentive. I had the egg/grits/toast combo. I'm not usually a big egg eater, but they didn't have much for vegetarians on the menu, and I'm glad I tried them b/c they were really good. But the grits - wow! I almost didn't order them b/c I thought they would be the same old grits on every breakfast menu, but they were outstanding. I thought it was a little pricey ($45 for 3 ppl for breakfast), but it was worth it. The menu has a lot of Southern standards but they prepare them with a fresh, creative twist. I will definitely be back.
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