Meridian >Food & Dining > Great Beginnings Cafe
11800 E Oswego St, Englewood, CO | Directions 8011239.537282 -104.853684
Big changes needed for dinner – Very disappointed with the quality of the dinner. I had a chicken breast and my wife had salmon. This is the worst dinner we can remember having at any restaurant. The chicken was overdone and inedible. The salmon was also overdone and tasted like sawdust. The server explained that the dinner menu was new and they didn't have a lot of experience with dinners. I suggest they make drastic changes because the dinners are expensive especially considering the quality. We will not be repeat customers.
Breakfast was like heaven! – Eggs Benedict was delicious; a dish consisting of poached eggs and sliced ham on toasted English muffins, covered with hollandaise sauce. What I imagine heaven taste like! If you love eggs Benedict, you will love Great Beginnings!
All around excellent experience – I had a burger and it was excellent. I'm talking In-'n-Out (for all you Californians) tasty! I didn't see a dessert that I was craving (hot fudge sundae) on the menu and asked if that was a possibility. The owner was nearby and said "No problem". The sundae was beyond good so I had to ask and of course, it was Godiva chocolate. Excellent service, excellent food....a little hard to find, but worth the effort.
A great start to the day! – I personally have been coming to GB for years and it keeps getting better every time! The new gluten free menu has been a long waited item (my wife now gets up to go with me before work). The staff is great and the atmosphere is amazing! If you haven't tried it i would highly recommend you go today for breakfast or lunch!
Best Restaurant in South Tech Center – I have been going to Great Beginins for the past 8 years. This has to be the number one spot for breakfast and lunch meetings in the south Denver Tech Center area. The new staff provides exceptional & professional service which makes this place the best for business meetings....I will be taking the majority of my clients there in the future. Can't beat the French Toast and Omlets!
New owners! – We have been to this restaurant with friends twice now. Both times the food was excellent and the service, although not fast, was pleasant. The main reason I'm writing is to let those who had previous negative experiences with the past owner know that there is a new owner! Actually, friends of our purchased the restaurant recently (since any of the negative posts on this site). He was a manager of several well known restaurants in the metro area before purchasing Great Beginnings (about Jan. of 2008). Although I haven't had the opportunity to dine there since he's taken over, knowing them personally, I can guarantee that the negative issues are resolved!
Avoid this Manager – Very disappointed, Third visit to this Restaurant over the last year, food is average at best, the potatoes are horrible. Took almost 30 minutes to get our food and the Restaurant was only half full. The worst part of the visit was having to see the Female manager yelling at one of the Waiters for all to see. On the prior visits I have seen this Manager walking around with an angry look on her face, treating her customers very rude. If she is having a bad day I understand but don't take it out on your customers. Will not return to this Restaurant, I will stay going the The Pancake House even though they are so busy I have to wait out side.
Comfortable, Friendly Atmosphere and Good Food! – I don't agree at all with some of the negative reviews of this restaurant. I have been to this restaurant a number of times over the last several years -- weekdays and weekends and for breakfast as well as dinner -- and I have always been more than satisfied with the food and the friendly, efficient service. This has also been a great place to meet with friends or just enjoy a leisurely meal with my husband, and I never feel like we are being rushed to leave. I agree that the food isn't cheap, but the quality and portion sizes are good and I always feel like I got my money's worth. Overall, it is a pleasant place with a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere and good food.
Good Food, Horrible Owner – The food was great, the servers were terrific and friendly but the owner was horrible to her servers. I will not support her. I will not go back. I've been there several times and the same thing. She is an extremely rude woman.
Inconsistent Food and Service – We have eaten breakfast here over a dozen times in the past 2 years. The food and the service are inconsistent - it varies from great to poor. I agree with the bacon comment of a previous reviewer as well as the inattentive staff comment by another reviewer. They used to have the best bacon and French toast. We had not been back in 6 mos and went there recently (mid Dec.) on a Sunday morning. The French toast was barely coated with egg (it used to be excellent) the bacon was incinerated and forget asking for any changes to the menu (for example substituting tomatoes for potatoes - It simply can't be done). There are too many excellent restaurants in south Denver to frequent one that has inconsistent food, poor customer service and a bad attitude. This is not an inexpensive restaurant. The staff and management are in serious need of rediscovering that the customer pays their wages and that attentive service constitutes a large part of one's dining experience.
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