1901 S St, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581138.567302 -121.485222
Neighborhoods: Richmond Grove, Central Sacramento
Slow and disappointing dinner – My wife and I have had lunch at Sweetwater several times and been pleased with the food and the service. Unfortunately the first time we had dinner here will be the last. It took a long time for our appetizer to arrive and what was supposed to be calamari tasted like deep-fried slices of bicycle inner tube. Then we waited for our dinner, and waited, and waited. The staff seemed to be carefully avoiding us, that isn't a good sign because it means they already feel guilty. Nobody refilled our water glasses, nobody asked if we wanted another drink. When our stuffed chicken finally arrived it was overdone and tough, although the mashed potatoes and green beans were okay. When we asked our server about the incredible delay we heard about a troublesome evening cook. I don't know why by that time we didn't leave money on the table for our drinks and the horrific appetizer and walk out, I suppose because we were really hungry by this point. By way of apology our server got the manager to remove our drinks from the bill. But there is no way we'll risk dinner at Sweetwater again, if the manager apparently knows his evening cook is problematic and chooses not to fix that situation then we'll eat elsewhere in future.
Awful meal – We had dinner at Sweetwater on a Saturday night. I had to send back the first glass of cabernet, because it smelled and tasted like it belonged on a salad, not in a glass. The bread that was brought to the table had unincorporated, dry, flour in the middle. The appetizer, slices of pear wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, was overcooked; the proscuitto was more like turkey bacon after being cremated. We also had the poached pear salad with candied walnuts and goat cheese. The pear was poached in vinegar and was inedible. The candied walnuts were soggy and coated with anise flavored sugar; likewise inedible. I had the meatloaf, which was O.K., with good garlic mashed potatoes, but the vegetable was awful--hard, wrinkled cold peas with slices of flabby cold carrots. My dinner companion had veal saltambucca, which was TOUGH and rubbery. Both the meatloaf and the veal seemed to have the same gravy. We didn't try any desserts.
Our server took the wine and the inedible salad off of our tab, but didn't seem to want to know much about our reasons for sending them back.
I'm a very good cook, so I don't need to go out to feed myself. I go out to enjoy good food in a nice ambience. Don't waste your money at Sweetwater.
This is a great neighborhood place! – The food is excellent and the service is great. The menu is packed with delighful items. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
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