Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Randazzo's Clam Bar
2023 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123540.583894 -73.947670
Mon-Thurs; Sun 11am-11:15pm
Neighborhoods: Sheepshead Bay
I came here twice. The first time, all the food was superb. I got the New England clam chowder and a lobster with noodle dish. The lobster was cooked perfectly and even though the dish was huge for one person, I ate almost everything because it was so good.
Now, the second time was a different story. I ordered the same lobster dish, but this time it was tasteless and overcooked. I was truly disappointed, especially because you pay a good amount for it.
1-star eatery at best – At best a 1-star eatery that charges and 'thinks' it's a 4-star restaurant. Upon entering this eatery, it was pretty empty at peak lunch hour (that should hv been a big warning). But we were hungry and hoped for the best. Ordered the NE clam cowder which was full of flour, no clams. Their 'filet sandwich' was frozen flounder and not fresh at all. For $17, it should have been at least, fresh. The only decent plate was the clams on half shell. With one more entree, bill came out to $75 w tax and 15% tip! Truly ridiculous for below mediocre food. Really don't understand the 4 star rating. AND horrible, dated decor. DATED.
Whoever rates this place w 5-stars is obviously the owner!
STILL THE BEST!!! – best seafood around. down to earth atmosphere. great for a quick bite or to sit down with the family. great soups also.
= D – I would say the only thing holding Randazzos back from being the best food on SHeapshead bay is the prices.
Don't expect much – Raw items are okay, but anything that needs a cook to prepare is far from being acceptable at these prices.
The place is dingy. They don't spend a dime toward customer comfort, nor do they try to make you feel welcomed.
The help is miserable, and the mexican kitchen workers look dirty.
skip this one – If -1 was on the rating scale i would give it -5.
Here is what we ordered.
Baked clams --> tasted like rubber bands
Crab cakes --> burnt and tasted like rubber bands
Shrimp scampi --> tasteless, just like eating cardboard.
Oysters --> those were actually good but only because nobody had a chance to mess it up.
All condiments like dressing, sour cream, oyster sauce, cole slaw were in PLASTIC CONTAINERS !!!
ahh.. they also serve plastic cups !!!
And the meals are $15-20 !!!
Service was good. But when we commented on the food the manager didnt even bother to talk to us.
i just have no words for this place...
but if you like re-heated food.. this place is for you..
no.. i eat re-heated food and i wouldnt come back there.
the best seafood. period. – We have been going to Randazzo for more than 10 years now and I am happy to report that there have been no issues with food and no rude waitresses and no water spilled on anyone. Rather, it was mostly my kdis spiling water all over which was promptly cleaned by the friendly waitresses. People who are going out on Father's Day and Mother's Day should know better that these two days are an absolute zoo and even the most impeccable restaurant is going to have incidents. We have not had a singular bad experience. And now, to my favorite part, the food. We usually order baked clams, calamari, lobster bisque soup and zuppa di mussels in the red sauce. All dished are fresh and delicious. We recently tried zuppa di mussels in the white sauce and my husband absolutely loved it. Before kids came along, we would eat at Randazzo every week and then we stopped going out for like two years and when we resumed, that first time I could not get enough. They are taking credit cards now, but back then, it was cash only and we almost ran out of cash because all of a sudden, I was craving more and more of the food. I don't know how anyone could not love this place and I was a "newcomer" there as well and treated nicely. I think it's all about the expectations. If you are thinking that this is Le Bernardin, fogget about it! This is Brooklyn and the place feels like your old grandma's kitchen where things are down to Earth but feel so familiar, you just feel that time had stopped. So, take a trip to Sh.Bay, walk the canal, shop for off price designer stuff at Loehmann's and discover this place.
Bad service - owner did not make amends – The raw bar is ok, the food is ok. Our own waitress was actually wonderful - if you ever go, she's the only young female waitress that is pretty.
Went there for father's day and braved the rainstorm to make it across town to eat there. When they brought out raw oysters and clams, the water that was in them that they use to clean them spilled on my mother and her purse. My mother shrieked from the ice water and the server who brought them yelled at my mother to "relax - it's only water". She didn't even offer a napkin to wipe or even bother to apologize, she shook her head and walked away. I was appalled at that and on top of that the average price of a dish is $18.95!! We ordered over $145 worth of food (there were 6 of us) and not once did anyone come to give napkins or an apology. We had to ask for napkins to clean my mother up.
So after we received all our dishes we notified our waitress our displeasure and she profusely apologized on behalf of the lady who spilled the water on my mother. If you're on the look out - it's the older fat lady with the dark (dye-job) short boy cut hair. She offered to notify the owner who came over and just simply said "Sorry" - not sincerely and he didn't even offer a discount on the bill or at least free dessert. He just said "sorry" and walked away. Seriously, you should walk away from a dining experience with an overall satisfaction at paying what you pay given today's economy, but I can honestly I would never eat there again, the food was average and the disrespect to my mother was unacceptable.
I'm tired of NY restaurants that are willing to sacrifice service and offer moderate food. Competition is tough, gas prices are on the rise, offer us something to be satisfied about!
we got ill – we were 4 adults, and we all ate a different dishes. we all got serverely sick.. my husband needed to go to the hospital that night. we were warned about this place and didn't listen. i went back to see if they would pay the doctor's bill, but they were very rude. i have hired a lawyer.
bEst sauce in br0oklyn!!!! – I have been comming to Randazzos since im a little kid. The food has always been amazing the Sauce never changed & the service always fast and entertaining!! The Calamari is so tender They make it to order and make it how ever you want it!! (extra legs, rings only, no biscuit, well done, in & out..) the steamers are so tastyy- i have never tasted better!! The raw oysters and clams are so fresh and ice cold!! The last time i was there i ordered a zuppa di muscles RED and it was fantastic!!!! i recomend Randazzos to everyone because unlike all the other resturaunts in brooklyn they just dont change a thing! the menu is simple the place itself is simple and you cant come into sheepshead bay without stopping here & leaving happy!!
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