201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.926508 -79.028074
Sun 5pm-9pm; Mon 10:30am-2pm; Mon 5pm-9pm; Tue 10:30am-2pm; Tue 5pm-9pm; Wed 10:30am-2pm; Wed 5pm-9pm; Thu 10:30am-2pm; Thu 5pm-9pm; Fri 10:30am-2pm; Fri 5pm-9:30pm; Sat 12pm-9:30pm
Will not get my business AGAIN – Food is good, and it's a nice place BUT If you're having a late dinner on a Friday, make sure you ask what time you have to leave or if you have to pay in order to stay after 10pm. After having dinner, my friends thought we would stay a little longer and get a drink. We had just purchased our drinks and sat down to chat when a very rude guy came over and said that if we wanted to stay we had to pay $10 or chug the drinks down in 5 minutes and leave. There were at least 6 of us each having just paid $10 a drink. No one had told us that should buy a band before purchasing our drinks if we wanted to stay longer. We asked for the manager The manager came over and did not offer anything. He just looked at us and gave us 5 more minutes to scoff down our drinks and leave. The rude guy kept walking by as we were trying to finish our drinks and kept holding up his hands with how many minutes we had left. They will NEVER get my business again! I will stay in Raleigh next time.................
Terrible! – My husband and I took his sister who lives out of town to Spice Street on a Saturday night as we remembered it as a place with a happening crowd, great ambience and a fun menu. It had been a couple of years since we had been there, and it turns out that Spice Street has lost its lustre. We arrived at 7:30 to find the restaurant almost empty. A couple of the tables were populated by couples sporting t shirts and shorts with babies and toddlers, a strange sight to me as I recalled it as usually filled with more chic patrons, including college undergrads and graduate students attired in nice clothes. I thought maybe we were just early and that the restaurant would eventually fill. It never did. And the large, high ceilinged restaurant echoed with the emptiness of all of the tables scattered throughout. Very depressing.
Our waitress did not help make the evening any better as she did not know the menu and could not describe any of the dishes with a description of flavor or presentation. We ordered a bottle of white wine and she did not know to bring an ice bucket to keep it chilled -- we had to ask for one. She was absent for most of our meal and did not refill our glasses of water or wine.
We had the kabobs, sushi and steak frites all of which were pretty flavorless and fell short of the kind of food we had had there two years ago. The potstickers we had as an appetizers were no better than what I have at local fast food Chinese restaurants. The menu is a hodge podge of cuisines, so it is hard to describe the restaurant's focus.
The most bizarre thing was the belly dancer that performed around the dining room, stopping to perform at each table. She suddenly appeared at the edge of the dining room as loud music was piped into the restaurant. It was so loud that it was hard to hear and have a conversation at the table. Because there were very few dining patrons, the belly dancer spent most of her time dancing with toddlers and an eight year old boy who was fascinated with the dancer. We were puzzled by her presence as the restaurant really doesn't have much of a middle eastern menu and other than the decor and name, there doesn't seem to be any connection to the middle east. She performed, not just once, but twice during our meal. It was very strange, distracting and out of place.
It is clear that this restaurant is beyond its heyday and has lost any sense of identity it had. The subpar meal, untrained waitress and strange ambience made for a lousy evening out. We will not be back.
not going back – We went as a family to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday last night. We were seated and then were given five menus for nine guests. Then we had to ask for the wine menu. The person that sat us seemed dazed and confused and never returned with more menus. Strike one. Our waiter finally greeted us and got our drink orders, which were delivered. Then we waited for over 45 minutes for him to return for our order. My 89 year old father, who was paying for the bill mind you, got up to find someone to take our orders. Strike two. We ordered two appetizers and our dinners. The appetizers were nothing to write home about. Our main meals came and it was tasteless. Almost bar food-like. Add it up - nine people, with a couple bottles of wine and six desserts. My dad paid a lot for this mediocre meal. Strike three. Shame on them.
Won't Be Going Back to Spice Street – I've been to Spice Street several times, and after last night's experience, have decided I won't be returning. I've always considered their food good, not great. However, the service during our dinner (for 6 people) was poor, especially considering the price tag for the meal. Our entrees were served before the appetizers. When the wait staff was made aware of the situation, we were told that they would "hold" the entrees until after we finished our appetizers. We asked for clarification - "please tell us that you are not going to hold the entrees under a heat lamp for the next 45 minutes". We were assured that they wouldn't. When the entrees finally arrived, it was clear that the food had been sitting for a while. In addition, water glasses went unfilled during the meal, pita bread that we requested never arrived, etc. All in all this was an amateur execution of the meal. I realize that every restaurant can have an off night, but given the cost of the meal, I would never return and risk experiencing the fairly low quality performance again.
Horrible – Our company had our holiday party here. Tables were too small to sit 6 people at. The dinner was served family style, which of course cut down even more on table space. Our beef was raw red and cold, one table never received vegatables. They only found out there were vegatable from other employees talking at the office the Monday after. My waiter handed me a plate of chicken and expected me to find room on the table for it. Desert was not brought to the table but left on a table by the bar. Each table had to get their own. We were upstairs...downstairs had a DJ. We were informed prior to our party this was going to be the case, but that we should not worry because the sound will not be a problem upstairs. Not so. We had to shut the doors overlooking the downstairs resturant because we couldn't hear our own party events. No coat closet. 70 people had to jam their coat on a 4 foot rack. Not bad for $8,000. Grrrrr!
not a good place for company party – old ,needs repair , new carpet,paint.Smeels like mold.Hate to see the kitchen!
The place tries really hard to deliver fine dining but falls short. – It's kind of sad, expensive, but sad nonetheless.
The decor of the restaurant is impressive, but frankly my chair was uncomfortable and the table was quite small, even for two people. The music is techno/trance/rave which is okay I guess at least it wasn't very loud.
I started with the curried oysters. The oysters were perfectly cooked, but there was just no curry taste to it at all. They were served with an apple/spinach salad which might have been better if it was slightly warm. The presentation of the dish was a bit contrived and simply added to the overall disappointment.
My main was the pan seared rare tuna with sesame. Again, a rather disappointing dish. The sesame simply overwhelmed the taste of the tuna, which by the way was lukewarm and just not that good. The soba noodles and spinach (again with the spinach) salad was good and seasoned quite well, but frankly I didn't pay that much just for the salad.
A brief glance at the desert menu didn't yield anything of interest, although they did offer a green tea creme brulee. However, my dining experience did not predict that the kitchen could produce a good creme brulee, so I passed, went to A Southern Season and got some good quality chocolate instead. At least that part of the meal was quite nice.
Overall, though not exactly a "bad" place to eat, the quality of the food certainly didn't rise to fine dining, and certainly didn't match the price.
Of all the places in Chapel Hill that purportedly offer fine dining, I will admit that this one tried the hardest. It's almost painful to note that all the trappings were in place, but the food simply wasn't.
Good food but easily the worst waiter I have ever had at any restaurant – Ok, so the place is really nice and huge, there was a Christmas party going on so we sat upstairs and were waited on by a Chris Kattan look a like (old SNL cast member), didn't get his name b/c he quickly offended me so much that I was ready to leave but decided to try and not let it bother me. When he was reading off the specials I asked about something I read on the website about half price apps.
Well, he looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I had a coupon, to which I replied "no" it was on the website, and he condescendingly said, "unless you have a coupon, like from a coupon book or something they pass out on campus, then there are no half price apps, plus we don't run any specials on the weekend since that is a time when we actually get a lot of business and don't have to offer coupons to get people to come in" and then started laughing at me. Well, I was ready to walk out b/c I'm not a college student, can easily afford a very nice meal and did not need to be treated like an idiot. Since it was a friends birthday I decided to stay and stick it out. It only got worse as he didn't come around for long periods at a time and you could tell he just didn't want to be there. In the end as we were waiting to get our check for about 20 mins, he was folding napkins for the next day and we had to get somebody's attention. In all, the food was good, service was soo bad that if I ever do go back to this place I will make sure we don't get this a-hole again!!! Go to their site at ghgrestaurants > see Sat night specials. I was right and he was obviously unaware or didn't care about his company's website. To help you avoid this guy, he is about 35 years old, black curly hair and probably 5'8". On and don't get the calamari, it's really greasy.
Cheapy Portions – Good food but only if you have an eating disorder.....lame lame lame lame lame lame portions!!! I've travelled all over the US and this is one of the worst rip-offs yet. Shame on the owners. You'll leave hungry and disappointed. We weren't going to say anything until a table of 12 next to us had a five minute conversation about how small their portions were too. We actually leaned over and talked to them for a minute about it! Unbelievable how this joint has pushed the limits of acceptable amount of food per price! Shame on you Spice Street....we left hungry after dropping over 120 bucks.
Close but not there – Spice Street definitely has the potential for great atmosphere but it fails to truly impress. Each time I've been there the bartenders have outrageously overcharged. $14 for a mixed drink and a beer, when it should have been $9, and $8 for a $6 LIT that didn't come close to actually resembling a Long Island Iced Tea. When you pay such a high cover to get it, it is definitely not worth going to a strip mall establishment like Spice Street to get sub par service.
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