Menu changed for the worse.
I've been a Palomino fan for years and have loved the expansive menu selection. You couldn't really go wrong with any of the choices. Imagine my surprise when we went there a few nights ago only to discover that they revised the entire menu. Gone were many tried and true favorites, only to be replaced by a narrow and less appealing selection. After looking through the new menu, I decided to stick to a "safe" option that Palomino is known for - roasted chicken. I was incredibly disappointed.
The chicken was dry and lacked any flavor. I can honestly say that the roast chicken at my local grocery store tasted superior to Palomino's roast chicken. The roasted vegetables were also flavorless. I wondered if they forgot to season the food altogether. I don't know what went wrong. It's as if along with the revised menu, the quality went down the tubes. The only redeeming part of the dinner experience was the Tiramisu and our nice server - at least this dessert was retained and tasted just as good as I can remember. The tiramisu and friendly server bumped this from a 0 to 1 star rating.
Oh My God-. The system won't let me give it less than one start- Two of us stopped in late Saturday night- wasnt' busy which should have been a clue. Ordered a drink- the bartender had to check on pricing on a couple of different brands of scotch and then couldnt remember which of us had ordered which, one on the rocks, one neat. At this point a smell overcame us. It was as if smoeone had just taken off a pair of athletic shoes. I mentioned it to the server and he said he didn't smell anything, he must just be used to it. It was so bad we had to move- we moved to a table across the room. The floors were dirty, used napkins under tables after they had been re-set etc. We sat there for a while- were never approached by any staff to offer us another drink or refill water, not to mention never presenting a bill. Finally we were tired of waiting- despite multiple attempts to flag down staff- so we left money on the table and left. I doubt we will be back- there are too many other choices in the area- Try Pearl instead.
Terrific happy hour and almost never a wait.
The happy hour menu is great, I recommend trying the artichoke at least once. Most happy hour menu items are at or under $3 which means that the bar will be full and the service will be a little slower, this shouldn't stop you from trying it. You get food that tastes good (never bland) and it's a screaming deal.
I have gone for dinner but consider the service isn't much faster in the restaurant and I'm not getting happy hour pricing, it's not worth it to me.
Happy Hour Review. Never been for actual dining, but have come here quite a few times for happy hour and have enjoyed each experience. There's a $3 beverage minimum for happy hour, so if I'm feeling like alcohol, I get one of their beers or strawberry lemonade if I want to keep things simple. I've sampled most of their happy hour menu items, but my favorites include the burger sliders - mini burgers (mini patties, mini toasted buns, cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes, I think) that are sold for $1 each! So cheap, two of them usually leave me feeling decently satisfied if I'm only moderately hungry. I also enjoyed the santa fe flatbread; it's served pizza style. Lastly, the service is memorable - the staff is attentive and sincere. I don't normally think of service too much unless if it's completely horrendous, but the waitresses I encounter here are always so sweet.
Nice atmosphere, attentive staff. I have eaten here on numerous occasions since it opened. We have eaten with large and small groups, with and without reservations as well as around/on holidays. I love it here. I definitely recommend the hummus and the half sandwich/soup combo which also comes with a salad or french fries. The apple dessert is definitely more than you could handle with even someone to share with. I have not experienced any issues in the bar or any problems with inconsistent staff. This is definitely the place to take people for good comfort food. The only time I havent been there is for breakfast, which I keep meaning on trying to catch.
Editorial Review by Allison Espiritu. With a Tex-Mex flare in its ambiance and food, this Lincoln Square spot is prime for group and family dining.
Love it. I've gone here for dinner and lunch. Wonderful service, wonderful food. Everything is very filling and the atmosphere is nice.
Food is OK, service needs work.
If you go to Manzana in Bellevue, I suggest that you:
1. Ask for bread. Whether you get bread or not without asking depends on your server.
2. Ask your server if they are a trainee. We were served by two different servers and after a while, I didn't know who was our server.
3. If you are not in a rush, make sure that your server knows. We got our entrees after finishing half of our starters. By the time we got to the entrees, they were cold.
good happy hour food. we tried manzana for happy hour and really liked the food but will agree that the service wasn't great. the bar wasn't very crowded and i watched our beers sit on the counter for 10 mins. and watched her walk back and forth down the hall to talk to the other servers- not sure what she was doing but it looked like they were just hanging out. i do recommend that you do go and try the food though!
Great beers, good food, terrible bar service!. My boyfriend and I have tried Manzana right after it opened. Restaurant service was excellent, and the food was quite okay. At the bar, great deals are offered for happy hour on the appetizers. The beer is always cold, but always served at regular price. Now, the servers, in general are pretty bad (we recently had our first good experience with a server named Char (?)). About 3 months ago we were there on a Sunday afternoon. No servers to be found. Bartender and host both noticed us sitting there for at least 10 minutes, but no help from them arrived. After I asked the host if they had any servers available, one showed up, unapologetic and looking annoyed that we had gone asking for her. We decided Manzana was not for us. Yesterday, while waiting for a friend in Bellevue, I decided to try my luck again at Manzanas bar. This time, the Server was even worst than the first one. My food arrived before my beer (I had to go get my beer from the bartender). Then I had to go ask for another server (Char, the nice one), for fork. Then I had to go get my napkin. Then, a little too late, she showed up. No apologies offered.
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