Marietta >Food & Dining > Hemingway's Bar and Grill
29 W Park Sq NE, Marietta, GA | Directions 3006033.952684 -84.550462
Tues-Thurs, 11:30am - Midnight; Fri, Sat, 11:30am - 2am; Sun, 12pm - 9pm; Mon, closed
POTENTIALLY VIOLENT OWNER! – AVOID Hemingway's. We went today, for the first time, for a relaxing sunday lunch. I asked The owner, Dave, why my kids grilled cheese took 41 minutes to arrive. He told me that I should have expected that, but never why. When I went in to use the restroom, he gave me a dirty look and proceeded to come over and tell me to "kiss my a _ _", at which point he bent over and started slapping his backside. I told him his customer service was horrible and he decided that warranted telling me to "F--- YOU" and give me the finger repeatedly. I walked away to the bathroom, and when I was heading back outside to my table, he started yelling the same thing across the room while giving me the finger...for all to see. Very odd and potentially dangerous behavior. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!
Good Experiences – I've read a lot of bad reviews about this place and can honestly say I've never seen or heard the owner act this way. My wife and I go up there once every couple of weeks and the owner has been nothing but nice to us every time we see him. He doesn't know us by name, which I don't think I've ever told him my name, but is very courteous whenever we go. The food is good, it's bar food but it's good and priced well. I always get the cheeseburger and it's like $7.50. I hate to hear people had bad experiences there. Whenever we want to go out in Marietta, we always meet our friends there. I will say that the drinks are a little pricey. We've learned not to buy shots! We pretty much stick to the pitchers which are 11-12 bucks or so. I hope those that read the bad reviews will give it a shot. For every one bad indecent at a place, there's typically 10 good ones that nobody writes about. Anyway, I hope this helps!
Thanks for the heads up – I have to say, once I read all the reviews and saw that there was only one that had something decent to say, I won't be going there, nor recommend anyone there, can you imagine if I did and they be treated like the other poor patrons! OMG. people should picket the place, and funny I was at a near by cayon restaraunt and had a great time with my date.
HORRIBLE! – First off, I as well have no affiliation with any other bars or owners of any other establishments in the area. Nor have I ever been kicked out of Hemingways. But I have witnessed Dave, the new/old owner, treat multiple guests horribly on multiple occasions. I STOPPED WASTING MY TIME AFTER THE 4TH INCIDENT! Never once was I offended by anything anyone had ever said or done before they were unnecessarily tossed out of the bar, and Im sure plenty of people feel the same way I do. Just look at all the horrible reviews w/in less than one year of him taking back over. I have seen Dave curse relentlessly at patrons for saying or doing little-to-nothing. He is a sorry, disgusting, negative, disgrace of a human being and I can't wait for someone to buy him back out so I can once again enjoy my time at what used to be a wonderful and laid back place to hang out. Seriously folks, don't waist your time, energy or money on this lame attempt at a "better hemingways". And Dave, I can't wait to hear your ridiculous attempt of a comment/defensive ramble on this one. Oh and BTW, your booze IS far overpriced. When a ton of people are saying the same exact things, maybe you should accept that there is without doubt a problem there.
Beware Of The Owner! – This was my first visit to Hemingway's. We went to meet some friends, sing some karaoke and have a good time. Everything was going really well, we were having a good time. The beer was cold, Thad the KJ was doing a great job.
I'm in the entertainment business (DJ/KJ) and I usually make sure to introduce myself & give a card to the owners of any establishment we visit. I was trying to tell Dave (the owner) "I had a good time, you've got a nice place." when he cut me off and asked "Did you bring these people here?" He then started rambling on about one of my friends complaining about the price of his drinks. (I didn't know what he was talking about.) He started yelling that we must hang out in dives, your friends are "TRASH", you're "TRASH", all of you are "TRASH" and he ripped up my business card and tossed it on the table. Needless to say, this all caught me off guard and it also made me very mad. We ended up exchanging some words and I was told to get out, which I was going to do anyway and
I WON'T BE GOING BACK!
Until the drunk owner started insulting me, I was having a good time. I didn't eat so I don't know about the food. As I said the waitress & the KJ were very friendly and took care of me, no complaints there.
If you go to Hemingway's, "BEWARE OF THE OWNER!"
Hemingway's - The WORST in Metro Atlanta! – This is the worst managed bar in Metro Atlanta! The owner, Dave, has zero personality, zero customer service skills and charges - (no joke) $7.50 for about 4 oz of drink in a plastic cup! We were there to join other friends for karaoke. The place is on the square in Marietta - Hemingways. It's horrible on a number of levels!!
We had dinner, which was kinda blah, not "Carribean cuisine" at all. Not an atmosphere of fun, but the karaoke was okay. So the Mrs. questions the waitress about the drinks - $7,50 for a tiny plastic cup, overfilled with ice. She calls the manager over and he offers to put TWO shots into that four oz, cup if she'll buy another one. She lets him know that the drink prices are a ripoff for the large amount of ice in a four oz cup. He says that he'll "buy her a drink" when she says that she'll never come back to a place that has such bad prices. We thought that was it. It wasn't
After we left, he told the rest of our party to get the hell out because we had questioned his drink prices. Furthermore, he repeatedly called us "trash" for doing so. He had choice words for our friends because they sat at the same table with us - the "trash". I left out those choice words because I'd like for everybody who goes out on the town to see this review of this establishment.
I went on several sites for reviews and saw that this is a common occurence at Hemingways!
So - If you feel like getting cussed out after being ripped off, I know just the place for you to go!
A Welcome Return – It has been a while since I have been here mostly due to the former manger who could not manger anything mor complex this his own breathing. Sin the owner has taken control back this place is a must when you are in Marrieta square.
Absolutely Terrible – If I could give lower than 1 star I would - please don't make the mistake of going to this place. The food is horrendous and completely overpriced. Unless you're looking for the worst experience on the square, to receive rude treatment, slow service and eat horrible deep fried food, I would suggest going elsewhere.
This review is simply just another example of how low our competitors and their friends will go to besmirch Hemingway's, which is clearly one of Marietta's best bar & grills and has been for 20 years. Serving over 15,000 customers a month with a less than a 1% complaint ratio is not easily achieved by any means. Good food, service, value, atmosphere, fun and outstanding live entertainment has made Hemingway's successful for decades and will continue to do so for years to come.
Worst rip off on the Square – The food is so bad Denny's would be ashamed to serve it, the staff are slow and not very helpful and the drinks are ridiculously expensive, I ordered a top shelf margarita it was $15.00, now I have had fantastic margaritas that were worth that but what I got was a lot of bar mix on ice in a plastic cup decorated with a brown lime that had to be a week old. The only thing that came to the table that was edible were the french fries and they were straight out of a freezer. The place mayhave been painted and cleaned but it's still rubbish.
Don't Waste Your Hard-Earned Money Here! – Looking up reviews for this place online led me first to Urbanspoon online where I saw the following response to a customer review complaining about the cigarette smoke:
"To Joe Jenkins
by DMM (5 reviews) July 28, 2010
Nearly 99% of all bar and grills are non-smoking. We smokers find people like you repulsive and annoying. So please go somewhere else. Hemingway's has been under the same ownership and management for 20yrs. and will be around long after you have passed, so get over it. Hemingway's has great food at a good value, superior service, and the best live entertainment in Marietta."
The owner's name is Dave Mendelson (DMM), and the fact he would treat his customers - not to mention any potential customers reading reviews - in such a contemptable manner is deplorable. I just can't believe it! Furthermore, he just bought the business back from the previous owner this year, so he's lying when he says it's been under the same ownership or managment for 20 years.
I've only been back once this year, but after reading the above, I will never, NEVER set foot in Hemingway's again!!
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