Sunday, August 3, 2008


Geronimo's of Santa Fe, New Mexico...
It will leave a HUGE dent in your pocketbook, and it is not worth it, I'm afraid.
Just came home from a disappointing meal---not necessarily because the food was bad, but the overall experience was not up to snuff for such a high-end, high-priced restaurant.  Service is poor.  The wait staff is just terrible.  For instance, we went to dinner with our friends from Denver, Colorado---they are a lovely couple and we had also brought our nearly 8 month old baby.  When the food arrived, they never served the ladies first.  That was the first NO-NO of the evening.  Our drinks were not properly refilled in a timely fashion.  To get plain bread with the cheese plate at the end of the meal was a challenge rather than something that should have been accompanying the plate to begin with.  When our coffee and cappuccino's arrived, there was no proper sized spoon to stir in the cream and sugar.  Little things like that, make a bad impression for a big restaurant like Geronimo's.  Despite all of that, the restaurant, on a Sunday night, was packed.  If only they'd train the wait staff better, I wouldn't be kvetching about what an indifferent meal we had there for nearly $500.00 USD.  For our party of 4, we had 2 bottles of wine, appetizers all around, main courses all around, 2 desserts, 1 cheese plate, 2 coffees and 1 cappuccino.  With tax and tip, it wound up being $475.00 USD.  I ordered the crab cakes for the appetizer and they were just o.k.---not exceptional.  They were actually a bit bready and not very tender, crabby or flakey.  I had the Alaskan halibut as the entree, and it came with a saffron risotto with roasted peppers and chorizo.  I think the risotto was better than the fish, to tell you the truth.  Halibut is a dense fish, and it was cooked densely as well.  It did not melt in your mouth or flake on your fork.  The cheese plate was fine, but again, nothing special.  All in all, a mediocre meal for a high price.  Thankfully, our company made the night wonderful nevertheless.  My rating and thoughts on this place is---don't ever need to go again.  Never ever.  And I don't recommend this place to others unless they want to be totally ripped off with bad service to boot.  I don't ever mind paying big bucks for an overall fabulous experience, but if the wait staff continues the way it is, this place won't be in the restaurant line-up for years to come.

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