Spice Street

★★★☆☆
  • 201 S Estes Dr

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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  • 919-928-8200

About Spice Street

Hours
Sun 5pm-9pm; Mon 10:30am-2pm; Mon 5pm-9pm; Tue 10:30am-2pm; Tue 5pm-9pm; Wed 10:30am-2pm; Wed 5pm-9pm; Thu 10:30am-2pm; Thu 5pm-9pm; Fri 10:30am-2pm; Fri 5pm-9:30pm; Sat 12pm-9:30pm

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Food is good, and it's a nice place BUT If you're having a late dinner on a Friday, make sure you ask what time you have to leave or if you have to pay in order to stay after 10pm. After having dinner, my friends thought we would stay a

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★★★★★

Food is good, and it's a nice place BUT If you're having a late dinner on a Friday, make sure you ask what time you have to leave or if you have to pay in order to stay after 10pm. After having dinner, my friends thought we would stay a

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My husband and I took his sister who lives out of town to Spice Street on a Saturday night as we remembered it as a place with a happening crowd, great ambience and a fun menu. It had been a couple of years since we had been there, and it turns out that Spice Street has lost its lustre. We arrived at 7:30 to find the restaurant almost empty. A couple of the tables were populated by couples sporting t shirts and shorts with babies and toddlers, a strange sight to me as I recalled it as usually filled with more chic patrons, including college undergrads and graduate students attired in nice clothes. I thought maybe we were just early and that the restaurant would eventually fill. It never did. And the large, high ceilinged restaurant echoed with the emptiness of all of the tables scattered throughout. Very depressing.

Our waitress did not help make the evening any better as she did not know the menu and could not describe any of the dishes with a description of flavor or presentation. We ordered a bottle of white wine and she did not know to bring an ice bucket to keep it chilled -- we had to ask for one. She was absent for most of our meal and did not refill our glasses of water or wine.

We had the kabobs, sushi and steak frites all of which were pretty flavorless and fell short of the kind of food we had had there two years ago. The potstickers we had as an appetizers were no better than what I have at local fast food Chinese restaurants. The menu is a hodge podge of cuisines, so it is hard to describe the restaurant's focus.

The most bizarre thing was the belly dancer that performed around the dining room, stopping to perform at each table. She suddenly appeared at the edge of the dining room as loud music was piped into the restaurant. It was so loud that it was hard to hear and have a conversation at the table. Because there were very few dining patrons, the belly dancer spent most of her time dancing with toddlers and an eight year old boy who was fascinated with the dancer. We were puzzled by her presence as the restaurant really doesn't have much of a middle eastern menu and other than the decor and name, there doesn't seem to be any connection to the middle east. She performed, not just once, but twice during our meal. It was very strange, distracting and out of place.

It is clear that this restaurant is beyond its heyday and has lost any sense of identity it had. The subpar meal, untrained waitress and strange ambience made for a lousy evening out. We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I took his sister who lives out of town to Spice Street on a Saturday night as we remembered it as a place with a happening crowd, great ambience and a fun menu. It had been a couple of years since we had been there, and it turns out that Spice Street has lost its lustre. We arrived at 7:30 to find the restaurant almost empty. A couple of the tables were populated by couples sporting t shirts and shorts with babies and toddlers, a strange sight to me as I recalled it as usually filled with more chic patrons, including college undergrads and graduate students attired in nice clothes. I thought maybe we were just early and that the restaurant would eventually fill. It never did. And the large, high ceilinged restaurant echoed with the emptiness of all of the tables scattered throughout. Very depressing.

Our waitress did not help make the evening any better as she did not know the menu and could not describe any of the dishes with a description of flavor or presentation. We ordered a bottle of white wine and she did not know to bring an ice bucket to keep it chilled -- we had to ask for one. She was absent for most of our meal and did not refill our glasses of water or wine.

We had the kabobs, sushi and steak frites all of which were pretty flavorless and fell short of the kind of food we had had there two years ago. The potstickers we had as an appetizers were no better than what I have at local fast food Chinese restaurants. The menu is a hodge podge of cuisines, so it is hard to describe the restaurant's focus.

The most bizarre thing was the belly dancer that performed around the dining room, stopping to perform at each table. She suddenly appeared at the edge of the dining room as loud music was piped into the restaurant. It was so loud that it was hard to hear and have a conversation at the table. Because there were very few dining patrons, the belly dancer spent most of her time dancing with toddlers and an eight year old boy who was fascinated with the dancer. We were puzzled by her presence as the restaurant really doesn't have much of a middle eastern menu and other than the decor and name, there doesn't seem to be any connection to the middle east. She performed, not just once, but twice during our meal. It was very strange, distracting and out of place.

It is clear that this restaurant is beyond its heyday and has lost any sense of identity it had. The subpar meal, untrained waitress and strange ambience made for a lousy evening out. We will not be back.

Pros: None

Cons: Waiter didn't know menu; subpar food; belly dancing was odd

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We went as a family to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday last night. We were seated and then were given five menus for nine guests. Then we had to ask for the wine menu. The person that sat us seemed dazed and confused and never returned with more menus. Strike one. Our waiter finally greeted us and got our drink orders, which were delivered. Then we waited for over 45 minutes for him to return for our order. My 89 year old father, who was paying for the bill mind you, got up to find someone to take our orders. Strike two. We ordered two appetizers and our dinners. The appetizers were nothing to write home about. Our main meals came and it was tasteless. Almost bar food-like. Add it up - nine people, with a couple bottles of wine and six desserts. My dad paid a lot for this mediocre meal. Strike three. Shame on them.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went as a family to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday last night. We were seated and then were given five menus for nine guests. Then we had to ask for the wine menu. The person that sat us seemed dazed and confused and never returned with more menus. Strike one. Our waiter finally greeted us and got our drink orders, which were delivered. Then we waited for over 45 minutes for him to return for our order. My 89 year old father, who was paying for the bill mind you, got up to find someone to take our orders. Strike two. We ordered two appetizers and our dinners. The appetizers were nothing to write home about. Our main meals came and it was tasteless. Almost bar food-like. Add it up - nine people, with a couple bottles of wine and six desserts. My dad paid a lot for this mediocre meal. Strike three. Shame on them.

Cons: Bad service, mediocre food

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I've been to Spice Street several times, and after last night's experience, have decided I won't be returning. I've always considered their food good, not great. However, the service during our dinner (for 6 people) was poor, especially considering the price tag for the meal. Our entrees were served before the appetizers. When the wait staff was made aware of the situation, we were told that they would "hold" the entrees until after we finished our appetizers. We asked for clarification - "please tell us that you are not going to hold the entrees under a heat lamp for the next 45 minutes". We were assured that they wouldn't. When the entrees finally arrived, it was clear that the food had been sitting for a while. In addition, water glasses went unfilled during the meal, pita bread that we requested never arrived, etc. All in all this was an amateur execution of the meal. I realize that every restaurant can have an off night, but given the cost of the meal, I would never return and risk experiencing the fairly low quality performance again.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been to Spice Street several times, and after last night's experience, have decided I won't be returning. I've always considered their food good, not great. However, the service during our dinner (for 6 people) was poor, especially considering the price tag for the meal. Our entrees were served before the appetizers. When the wait staff was made aware of the situation, we were told that they would "hold" the entrees until after we finished our appetizers. We asked for clarification - "please tell us that you are not going to hold the entrees under a heat lamp for the next 45 minutes". We were assured that they wouldn't. When the entrees finally arrived, it was clear that the food had been sitting for a while. In addition, water glasses went unfilled during the meal, pita bread that we requested never arrived, etc. All in all this was an amateur execution of the meal. I realize that every restaurant can have an off night, but given the cost of the meal, I would never return and risk experiencing the fairly low quality performance again.

Pros: Good food, but not great

Cons: Poor service

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Our company had our holiday party here. Tables were too small to sit 6 people at. The dinner was served family style, which of course cut down even more on table space. Our beef was raw red and cold, one table never received vegatables. They only found out there were vegatable from other employees talking at the office the Monday after. My waiter handed me a plate of chicken and expected me to find room on the table for it. Desert was not brought to the table but left on a table by the bar. Each table had to get their own. We were upstairs...downstairs had a DJ. We were informed prior to our party this was going to be the case, but that we should not worry because the sound will not be a problem upstairs. Not so. We had to shut the doors overlooking the downstairs resturant because we couldn't hear our own party events. No coat closet. 70 people had to jam their coat on a 4 foot rack. Not bad for $8,000. Grrrrr!

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★☆☆☆☆

Our company had our holiday party here. Tables were too small to sit 6 people at. The dinner was served family style, which of course cut down even more on table space. Our beef was raw red and cold, one table never received vegatables. They only found out there were vegatable from other employees talking at the office the Monday after. My waiter handed me a plate of chicken and expected me to find room on the table for it. Desert was not brought to the table but left on a table by the bar. Each table had to get their own. We were upstairs...downstairs had a DJ. We were informed prior to our party this was going to be the case, but that we should not worry because the sound will not be a problem upstairs. Not so. We had to shut the doors overlooking the downstairs resturant because we couldn't hear our own party events. No coat closet. 70 people had to jam their coat on a 4 foot rack. Not bad for $8,000. Grrrrr!

Pros: I gave it a 1 star because a rating was required to publish

Cons: Poor service, Ignorant Manager, Cold food

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old ,needs repair , new carpet,paint.Smeels like mold.Hate to see the kitchen!

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★☆☆☆☆

old ,needs repair , new carpet,paint.Smeels like mold.Hate to see the kitchen!

Pros: food was ok.

Cons: manager was a a#$.

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This is a great date night restaurant. My husband and I have been here several times and have not been disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere are spectacular.

5
★★★★★

This is a great date night restaurant. My husband and I have been here several times and have not been disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere are spectacular.

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Spice Street is a great place to go if you're looking for something different. The atmosphere is great and the service is spectacular. The prices were quite fair as well. The menu has a variety of options, so even the pickiest eater could find something they'll like.

5
★★★★★

Spice Street is a great place to go if you're looking for something different. The atmosphere is great and the service is spectacular. The prices were quite fair as well. The menu has a variety of options, so even the pickiest eater could find something they'll like.

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It's kind of sad, expensive, but sad nonetheless.

The decor of the restaurant is impressive, but frankly my chair was uncomfortable and the table was quite small, even for two people. The music is techno/trance/rave which is okay I guess at least it wasn't very loud.

I started with the curried oysters. The oysters were perfectly cooked, but there was just no curry taste to it at all. They were served with an apple/spinach salad which might have been better if it was slightly warm. The presentation of the dish was a bit contrived and simply added to the overall disappointment.

My main was the pan seared rare tuna with sesame. Again, a rather disappointing dish. The sesame simply overwhelmed the taste of the tuna, which by the way was lukewarm and just not that good. The soba noodles and spinach (again with the spinach) salad was good and seasoned quite well, but frankly I didn't pay that much just for the salad.

A brief glance at the desert menu didn't yield anything of interest, although they did offer a green tea creme brulee. However, my dining experience did not predict that the kitchen could produce a good creme brulee, so I passed, went to A Southern Season and got some good quality chocolate instead. At least that part of the meal was quite nice.

Overall, though not exactly a "bad" place to eat, the quality of the food certainly didn't rise to fine dining, and certainly didn't match the price.

Of all the places in Chapel Hill that purportedly offer fine dining, I will admit that this one tried the hardest. It's almost painful to note that all the trappings were in place, but the food simply wasn't.

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★★★☆☆

It's kind of sad, expensive, but sad nonetheless.

The decor of the restaurant is impressive, but frankly my chair was uncomfortable and the table was quite small, even for two people. The music is techno/trance/rave which is okay I guess at least it wasn't very loud.

I started with the curried oysters. The oysters were perfectly cooked, but there was just no curry taste to it at all. They were served with an apple/spinach salad which might have been better if it was slightly warm. The presentation of the dish was a bit contrived and simply added to the overall disappointment.

My main was the pan seared rare tuna with sesame. Again, a rather disappointing dish. The sesame simply overwhelmed the taste of the tuna, which by the way was lukewarm and just not that good. The soba noodles and spinach (again with the spinach) salad was good and seasoned quite well, but frankly I didn't pay that much just for the salad.

A brief glance at the desert menu didn't yield anything of interest, although they did offer a green tea creme brulee. However, my dining experience did not predict that the kitchen could produce a good creme brulee, so I passed, went to A Southern Season and got some good quality chocolate instead. At least that part of the meal was quite nice.

Overall, though not exactly a "bad" place to eat, the quality of the food certainly didn't rise to fine dining, and certainly didn't match the price.

Of all the places in Chapel Hill that purportedly offer fine dining, I will admit that this one tried the hardest. It's almost painful to note that all the trappings were in place, but the food simply wasn't.

Pros: Nice decor, attentive wait staff, lots of parking.

Cons: Disappointing food.

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Ok, so the place is really nice and huge, there was a Christmas party going on so we sat upstairs and were waited on by a Chris Kattan look a like (old SNL cast member), didn't get his name b/c he quickly offended me so much that I was ready to leave but decided to try and not let it bother me. When he was reading off the specials I asked about something I read on the website about half price apps.
Well, he looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I had a coupon, to which I replied "no" it was on the website, and he condescendingly said, "unless you have a coupon, like from a coupon book or something they pass out on campus, then there are no half price apps, plus we don't run any specials on the weekend since that is a time when we actually get a lot of business and don't have to offer coupons to get people to come in" and then started laughing at me. Well, I was ready to walk out b/c I'm not a college student, can easily afford a very nice meal and did not need to be treated like an idiot. Since it was a friends birthday I decided to stay and stick it out. It only got worse as he didn't come around for long periods at a time and you could tell he just didn't want to be there. In the end as we were waiting to get our check for about 20 mins, he was folding napkins for the next day and we had to get somebody's attention. In all, the food was good, service was soo bad that if I ever do go back to this place I will make sure we don't get this a-hole again!!! Go to their site at ghgrestaurants > see Sat night specials. I was right and he was obviously unaware or didn't care about his company's website. To help you avoid this guy, he is about 35 years old, black curly hair and probably 5'8". On and don't get the calamari, it's really greasy.

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★★☆☆☆

Ok, so the place is really nice and huge, there was a Christmas party going on so we sat upstairs and were waited on by a Chris Kattan look a like (old SNL cast member), didn't get his name b/c he quickly offended me so much that I was ready to leave but decided to try and not let it bother me. When he was reading off the specials I asked about something I read on the website about half price apps.
Well, he looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I had a coupon, to which I replied "no" it was on the website, and he condescendingly said, "unless you have a coupon, like from a coupon book or something they pass out on campus, then there are no half price apps, plus we don't run any specials on the weekend since that is a time when we actually get a lot of business and don't have to offer coupons to get people to come in" and then started laughing at me. Well, I was ready to walk out b/c I'm not a college student, can easily afford a very nice meal and did not need to be treated like an idiot. Since it was a friends birthday I decided to stay and stick it out. It only got worse as he didn't come around for long periods at a time and you could tell he just didn't want to be there. In the end as we were waiting to get our check for about 20 mins, he was folding napkins for the next day and we had to get somebody's attention. In all, the food was good, service was soo bad that if I ever do go back to this place I will make sure we don't get this a-hole again!!! Go to their site at ghgrestaurants > see Sat night specials. I was right and he was obviously unaware or didn't care about his company's website. To help you avoid this guy, he is about 35 years old, black curly hair and probably 5'8". On and don't get the calamari, it's really greasy.

Pros: Nice bar, friendly good looking hostess.

Cons: Worst waiter I've ever had!!!

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We first went to Spice Street as part of a big event- a few hundred people. It seemed like a small restaurant but was actually quite big. It never felt crowded and we all had a lot of fun. We also went for dinner after that night and really enjoyed the food. We love all of George's restaurants.

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★★★★☆

We first went to Spice Street as part of a big event- a few hundred people. It seemed like a small restaurant but was actually quite big. It never felt crowded and we all had a lot of fun. We also went for dinner after that night and really enjoyed the food. We love all of George's restaurants.

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This is a great date resturant. The lighting is low the food is fancy and if you are trying to impress that special someone then this is the place for you. They also turn into a night club very often through out the year. And the parties are usually for the older crowd.

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★★★★☆

This is a great date resturant. The lighting is low the food is fancy and if you are trying to impress that special someone then this is the place for you. They also turn into a night club very often through out the year. And the parties are usually for the older crowd.

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Good food but only if you have an eating disorder.....lame lame lame lame lame lame portions!!! I've travelled all over the US and this is one of the worst rip-offs yet. Shame on the owners. You'll leave hungry and disappointed. We weren't going to say anything until a table of 12 next to us had a five minute conversation about how small their portions were too. We actually leaned over and talked to them for a minute about it! Unbelievable how this joint has pushed the limits of acceptable amount of food per price! Shame on you Spice Street....we left hungry after dropping over 120 bucks.

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★★☆☆☆

Good food but only if you have an eating disorder.....lame lame lame lame lame lame portions!!! I've travelled all over the US and this is one of the worst rip-offs yet. Shame on the owners. You'll leave hungry and disappointed. We weren't going to say anything until a table of 12 next to us had a five minute conversation about how small their portions were too. We actually leaned over and talked to them for a minute about it! Unbelievable how this joint has pushed the limits of acceptable amount of food per price! Shame on you Spice Street....we left hungry after dropping over 120 bucks.

Pros: Food tastes good.

Cons: Ridiculously small portions and extremely over-priced.

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Spice Street definitely has the potential for great atmosphere but it fails to truly impress. Each time I've been there the bartenders have outrageously overcharged. $14 for a mixed drink and a beer, when it should have been $9, and $8 for a $6 LIT that didn't come close to actually resembling a Long Island Iced Tea. When you pay such a high cover to get it, it is definitely not worth going to a strip mall establishment like Spice Street to get sub par service.

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★★☆☆☆

Spice Street definitely has the potential for great atmosphere but it fails to truly impress. Each time I've been there the bartenders have outrageously overcharged. $14 for a mixed drink and a beer, when it should have been $9, and $8 for a $6 LIT that didn't come close to actually resembling a Long Island Iced Tea. When you pay such a high cover to get it, it is definitely not worth going to a strip mall establishment like Spice Street to get sub par service.

Pros: Classy

Cons: Over-priced

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Spice Street is an artful representation of the confluence of diverse peoples in modern America. Something about the eating experience is mystical. It must be the physical set-up - the high ceilings, the fountain of water, the relationship of lighting and space, the Arabic food - that makes me feel I am eating fruits in the garden of Eden. The menu, the interior design, the wait and culinary staff merge the whole world in one kitchen and dining room. Some think the colors, sounds, and smells fight, but I see a microcosm of the mosaic that is Chapel Hill. What an appropriate restaurant to have in this town. It is a total testament to our cosmopolitan, open-minded, forward-moving community.

The food service is simply remarkable. The staff gave me a tour behind the scenes. I inspected the kitchen and the two room-sized fridges. The kitchen is at the heart of the restaurant. It is meticulously organized and clean. The vegetable storage is stocked with fresh, whole produce - pyramids of romaine lettuce, eggplant, okra, chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, russet potatoes, zucchini, green chili, red bell peppers, yellow squash, onions, yardlong beans. Raw black and white chocolates and custards sit behind a smaller glass fridge. In the meat storage are packages of fresh squid, beef steaks, whole chicken. The head baker kneads dough and bakes pastries and bread in a large oven in the center of the kitchen. If you imagine that Spice Street is overpriced, you do undercredit the freshness of the food and the authenticity of its preparation. Seven dollars for a Fatouche Salad is a pretty good deal, considering that Spice Street has "kept it real," or at least as real as it can get on Estes Drive.

I recommend that you have lunch or dinner at Spice Street. You would have a luxurious and delicious experience, but just as important, you would patronize the local color(s)!

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★★★★★

Spice Street is an artful representation of the confluence of diverse peoples in modern America. Something about the eating experience is mystical. It must be the physical set-up - the high ceilings, the fountain of water, the relationship of lighting and space, the Arabic food - that makes me feel I am eating fruits in the garden of Eden. The menu, the interior design, the wait and culinary staff merge the whole world in one kitchen and dining room. Some think the colors, sounds, and smells fight, but I see a microcosm of the mosaic that is Chapel Hill. What an appropriate restaurant to have in this town. It is a total testament to our cosmopolitan, open-minded, forward-moving community.

The food service is simply remarkable. The staff gave me a tour behind the scenes. I inspected the kitchen and the two room-sized fridges. The kitchen is at the heart of the restaurant. It is meticulously organized and clean. The vegetable storage is stocked with fresh, whole produce - pyramids of romaine lettuce, eggplant, okra, chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, russet potatoes, zucchini, green chili, red bell peppers, yellow squash, onions, yardlong beans. Raw black and white chocolates and custards sit behind a smaller glass fridge. In the meat storage are packages of fresh squid, beef steaks, whole chicken. The head baker kneads dough and bakes pastries and bread in a large oven in the center of the kitchen. If you imagine that Spice Street is overpriced, you do undercredit the freshness of the food and the authenticity of its preparation. Seven dollars for a Fatouche Salad is a pretty good deal, considering that Spice Street has "kept it real," or at least as real as it can get on Estes Drive.

I recommend that you have lunch or dinner at Spice Street. You would have a luxurious and delicious experience, but just as important, you would patronize the local color(s)!

Pros: Architecture, interior design, cuisine, service, parking

Cons: Spice Street is simply fine dining.

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My boyfriend and I went to Spice Street last year and had a great experience. We've gone back 3 times since then and things have been progressively worse each time. The food tends to be bland-- tonight I had orange beef and perhaps one bite actually had orange flavor. The service tends to be poor-- there are lots of waitstaff, but little coordination between them and simple requests take forever to fill. We've had problems with our orders in the past, but been unable to flag down a server within 15 minutes to fix the issue. I would suggest trying somewhere new-- there are a lot of new restaurants in the Triangle and I've had better experiences at most for much less money.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went to Spice Street last year and had a great experience. We've gone back 3 times since then and things have been progressively worse each time. The food tends to be bland-- tonight I had orange beef and perhaps one bite actually had orange flavor. The service tends to be poor-- there are lots of waitstaff, but little coordination between them and simple requests take forever to fill. We've had problems with our orders in the past, but been unable to flag down a server within 15 minutes to fix the issue. I would suggest trying somewhere new-- there are a lot of new restaurants in the Triangle and I've had better experiences at most for much less money.

Pros: Good parking, easy to get a reservation

Cons: food, service, ambience.

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We also went to Spice Street on Valentines Day. Even with a reservation, we sat in the bar 20 min past our reservation time. The service was very slow and the food was very uneven. One entree (bouillabaisse) was excellent; the other (fillet mignon) was badly overcooked. We were eventually able to get the server?s attention, the meat replaced, and removed from the check. We also experienced the "intimate dining" seating at card-tables, the knee slamming and uncomfortable seating (see an earlier poster). There are too many excellent dining options in the Triangle to have to put up with this place. I would never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We also went to Spice Street on Valentines Day. Even with a reservation, we sat in the bar 20 min past our reservation time. The service was very slow and the food was very uneven. One entree (bouillabaisse) was excellent; the other (fillet mignon) was badly overcooked. We were eventually able to get the server?s attention, the meat replaced, and removed from the check. We also experienced the "intimate dining" seating at card-tables, the knee slamming and uncomfortable seating (see an earlier poster). There are too many excellent dining options in the Triangle to have to put up with this place. I would never go back.

Pros: some ofthe food is great

Cons: some of the food is poorly done; service is very slow

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I went there for lunch because it was on the way home from UNC, and being very finicky about food in general, this gets a moderately positive review. I ordered steak and frites with sweet tea alongside. They started with this complimentary fresh baked thin bread to put a wonderful olive tapenade on--delish.The tea was remarkably fresh, always a good sign. The ambience was really delightful, too, right down to the bathrooms having raised sinks and teak counters scattered around different parts of the restaurant. Service was grade A (could only have been improved, perhaps, with an earlier "how is it," though having a bit of time alone with my food was, too, appreciated). My central problem came with one part, though only one, of my food. My portions were closer to $20 than $12, not complaining mind you! The frites=perfect in texture, flavor, etc. though they could stand to offer more dipping sauces if they want to use the Belgian term. The steak=tender, served with a red pepper sauce that was great, not my usual cut of choice but still well-prepared, but oops, I could only eat 3 bites... coated in fresh ground pepper was good... salt being heavily added along with the pepper (probably to make it seem hotter)... ugh. I just couldn't do it. Not enough water in the world could get that "just ran a mile" sweat taste out of my mouth-was just too salty. That said, she asked if I wanted a box, and when I said I couldn't eat any more b/c it was too salty... no problem, taken off the bill. When she asked if there was anything else she could get me, I pondered and asked about dessert-anything salt-containing was unwelcome by then. I got a bloodorange sorbet for $4, and it was enough to serve 2--2 very large scoops, like Ben and Jerry's size scoops, beautiful and fresh. All in all, I'd probably go back and give it another try, being mindful to ask about anything that might be too salty and probably just steering clear of soups and the like.

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★★★★☆

I went there for lunch because it was on the way home from UNC, and being very finicky about food in general, this gets a moderately positive review. I ordered steak and frites with sweet tea alongside. They started with this complimentary fresh baked thin bread to put a wonderful olive tapenade on--delish.The tea was remarkably fresh, always a good sign. The ambience was really delightful, too, right down to the bathrooms having raised sinks and teak counters scattered around different parts of the restaurant. Service was grade A (could only have been improved, perhaps, with an earlier "how is it," though having a bit of time alone with my food was, too, appreciated). My central problem came with one part, though only one, of my food. My portions were closer to $20 than $12, not complaining mind you! The frites=perfect in texture, flavor, etc. though they could stand to offer more dipping sauces if they want to use the Belgian term. The steak=tender, served with a red pepper sauce that was great, not my usual cut of choice but still well-prepared, but oops, I could only eat 3 bites... coated in fresh ground pepper was good... salt being heavily added along with the pepper (probably to make it seem hotter)... ugh. I just couldn't do it. Not enough water in the world could get that "just ran a mile" sweat taste out of my mouth-was just too salty. That said, she asked if I wanted a box, and when I said I couldn't eat any more b/c it was too salty... no problem, taken off the bill. When she asked if there was anything else she could get me, I pondered and asked about dessert-anything salt-containing was unwelcome by then. I got a bloodorange sorbet for $4, and it was enough to serve 2--2 very large scoops, like Ben and Jerry's size scoops, beautiful and fresh. All in all, I'd probably go back and give it another try, being mindful to ask about anything that might be too salty and probably just steering clear of soups and the like.

Pros: service, ambience, no arguments if something isn't to your taste

Cons: my main course was way too salty, though 1 trip might not count for much

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Made the mistake of taking my wife here for Valentine's Day. Now I know why the restaurant was not crowded. Shame on me for not making reservations elsewhere earlier.

Our crabcake appetizer was very bland, the lobster bisque was overly salty, and our meals were average (that's being kind) - overly oily and overcooked. Certainly not worthy of the price of the meal.

On top of this, they had set up small card-tables for "intimate dining". We slammed our kneecaps sitting down and were not comfortable throughout our meal due to the limited legroom.

The staff seemed pleasant and attentive, but I would not return for a meal. The best part of our evening was going to Southern Seasons to select take-away desserts.

1
★★★☆☆

Made the mistake of taking my wife here for Valentine's Day. Now I know why the restaurant was not crowded. Shame on me for not making reservations elsewhere earlier.

Our crabcake appetizer was very bland, the lobster bisque was overly salty, and our meals were average (that's being kind) - overly oily and overcooked. Certainly not worthy of the price of the meal.

On top of this, they had set up small card-tables for "intimate dining". We slammed our kneecaps sitting down and were not comfortable throughout our meal due to the limited legroom.

The staff seemed pleasant and attentive, but I would not return for a meal. The best part of our evening was going to Southern Seasons to select take-away desserts.

Pros: Staff seemed attentive and pleasant

Cons: Food was flavourless and overcooked

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For a restaurant in that price range-etiquette is a must.

Please! If there are customers in the restaurant do not come out with a crate of glasses to put on the tables without covering up the sides of the crate at the very least.

The sushi bar-yikes-what a mess and that is one of the first things one sees coming into the restaurant-what message do you think that sends?

The bar-what's with bringing out the garbage bins whiles there are customers sitting at the bar? Very disgusting.

Please some finesse and decorum that befits a restaurant of your stature is in order please.

The food and presentation was yummy and pretty but the other distractions really wrecked the overall experience for me.

Please take this criticism as constructive and do something about the whole dining experience and not just the food.

Thanks.

1
★★★☆☆

For a restaurant in that price range-etiquette is a must.

Please! If there are customers in the restaurant do not come out with a crate of glasses to put on the tables without covering up the sides of the crate at the very least.

The sushi bar-yikes-what a mess and that is one of the first things one sees coming into the restaurant-what message do you think that sends?

The bar-what's with bringing out the garbage bins whiles there are customers sitting at the bar? Very disgusting.

Please some finesse and decorum that befits a restaurant of your stature is in order please.

The food and presentation was yummy and pretty but the other distractions really wrecked the overall experience for me.

Please take this criticism as constructive and do something about the whole dining experience and not just the food.

Thanks.

Pros: Lovely Ambience

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I can't figure out why anyone would give this restaurant a good rating. The food is sub-standard, the atmosphere is contrived and unsophisticated (the abominable artwork doesn't help) and the staff seems on-edge. I ate with three others and had a chance to try many different dishes. The first blunder was a salmon roll, which we received and mistook for a donut. I'm all for experimentation with new tastes and textures, but some ideas should never be realized. Such as DEEP FRYING a salmon roll so that it is inconceivably salty, heavy, and rather disgusting. None of the other dishes tasted fresh, flavorful or unusual in any way. This restaurant has the feel of a chain but with higher prices. Definitely would not return.

1
★★★☆☆

I can't figure out why anyone would give this restaurant a good rating. The food is sub-standard, the atmosphere is contrived and unsophisticated (the abominable artwork doesn't help) and the staff seems on-edge. I ate with three others and had a chance to try many different dishes. The first blunder was a salmon roll, which we received and mistook for a donut. I'm all for experimentation with new tastes and textures, but some ideas should never be realized. Such as DEEP FRYING a salmon roll so that it is inconceivably salty, heavy, and rather disgusting. None of the other dishes tasted fresh, flavorful or unusual in any way. This restaurant has the feel of a chain but with higher prices. Definitely would not return.

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The food is usually good but inconsistent. Sometimes it is spoiled and I have gotten sick from the food once. It is not wholesome in its decor or family friendly as the tasteless art in the entryway precludes this.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food is usually good but inconsistent. Sometimes it is spoiled and I have gotten sick from the food once. It is not wholesome in its decor or family friendly as the tasteless art in the entryway precludes this.

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I would rather drink and dance there. It has a sophistication to it, a place the mature crowd can "hang-out" if you will. Though I wasn't convinced on the meal. It could be enjoyable.

1
★★★☆☆

I would rather drink and dance there. It has a sophistication to it, a place the mature crowd can "hang-out" if you will. Though I wasn't convinced on the meal. It could be enjoyable.

Pros: nice atmoshpere

Cons: confused menu

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this place has changed so much for the better that I really dont know where to begin..they have a new chef, a great new menu, the lunch is incredible, the prices are great..but the dinner is amazing, the fish we had there recently was the best i have ever had, after traveling the world and eating in hundreds of resturants, the thing i like most are the salads, the best in the triangle..you can see all the work that goes into making a perfect salad..the chef came to our table and brought our daughter a rabbit shaped cookie with vanilla ice crean bunny tail, she loved it .
the wine list needs serious work, and the manager is not very helpful, but the food is worth it.

we had a large party and the service and food were excellent and really beautiful food too,
we plan to go back often, on sunday night they have 1/2 price bottles of wine, the patio is gorgeous and our waiter was very very good on the night we sat out there. go to this place.

2
★★★★★

this place has changed so much for the better that I really dont know where to begin..they have a new chef, a great new menu, the lunch is incredible, the prices are great..but the dinner is amazing, the fish we had there recently was the best i have ever had, after traveling the world and eating in hundreds of resturants, the thing i like most are the salads, the best in the triangle..you can see all the work that goes into making a perfect salad..the chef came to our table and brought our daughter a rabbit shaped cookie with vanilla ice crean bunny tail, she loved it .
the wine list needs serious work, and the manager is not very helpful, but the food is worth it.

we had a large party and the service and food were excellent and really beautiful food too,
we plan to go back often, on sunday night they have 1/2 price bottles of wine, the patio is gorgeous and our waiter was very very good on the night we sat out there. go to this place.

Pros: fresh mediterranean food, comfort food, delicious

Cons: erratic and chaotic

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I came here with 9 other people with my dining out group, The Triangle Singles Dining Out Meetup Group... Here is the review(s) we gave about our dining out adventure at this restaurant on our site!

I absolutely loved this place. The waiter's and staff turned themselves inside out for a very difficult member in the group, and never flinched...My hat truly goes off to them... They were excellent! I enjoyed great conversation with the rest of the group of friendly down to earth people, who were delightful! The food was unbelievable, and I can't say enough good about this place... I had the Tempura Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, and it was amazing... The sauce really made the dish... The Bean Soup was also delicious, and the Gelato for dessert ended the meal with a smile on my face :) I will definately be coming here again. All in all a very pleasant evening!"

Another member of my group: Awesome restaurant! Great food, great service and an elegant atmosphere. Its always a pleasure to meet new people. & see familiar faces. I had the beef tenderloin, very tender and so lean it melted in my mouth. I also had the black bean puree soup which had a sweet taste and was topped off with an unusual spice & mozzarella cheese."

"As usual a terrific event."

2
★★★★★

I came here with 9 other people with my dining out group, The Triangle Singles Dining Out Meetup Group... Here is the review(s) we gave about our dining out adventure at this restaurant on our site!

I absolutely loved this place. The waiter's and staff turned themselves inside out for a very difficult member in the group, and never flinched...My hat truly goes off to them... They were excellent! I enjoyed great conversation with the rest of the group of friendly down to earth people, who were delightful! The food was unbelievable, and I can't say enough good about this place... I had the Tempura Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, and it was amazing... The sauce really made the dish... The Bean Soup was also delicious, and the Gelato for dessert ended the meal with a smile on my face :) I will definately be coming here again. All in all a very pleasant evening!"

Another member of my group: Awesome restaurant! Great food, great service and an elegant atmosphere. Its always a pleasure to meet new people. & see familiar faces. I had the beef tenderloin, very tender and so lean it melted in my mouth. I also had the black bean puree soup which had a sweet taste and was topped off with an unusual spice & mozzarella cheese."

"As usual a terrific event."

Pros: Food, Parking, Ambience

Cons: Absolutely None!

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My friend was brought the wrong entree, he sent it back and was brought the correct entree. It was pork and was rare, too rare to consider eating. He asked nicely to have it cooked a little longer, the waiter was nice and took it back to the kitchen. The manager brought back the plate, sat it on the table, and walked away, with not a word of apology or explanation. He then stayed in our area for the rest of dinner, walking by our table 8-10 times. When we were brought our check and were paying it, he hovered around us, about 5 feet away. I can only presume this was to make sure we didn't try to skip out without paying. The food was fine, and people get orders wrong sometimes, but the rudeness of the management was so infuriating, I will not dine here again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My friend was brought the wrong entree, he sent it back and was brought the correct entree. It was pork and was rare, too rare to consider eating. He asked nicely to have it cooked a little longer, the waiter was nice and took it back to the kitchen. The manager brought back the plate, sat it on the table, and walked away, with not a word of apology or explanation. He then stayed in our area for the rest of dinner, walking by our table 8-10 times. When we were brought our check and were paying it, he hovered around us, about 5 feet away. I can only presume this was to make sure we didn't try to skip out without paying. The food was fine, and people get orders wrong sometimes, but the rudeness of the management was so infuriating, I will not dine here again.

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My wife and I went to Spice Street with great expectations, having been a fan of Mr Bakatsias for many years. Seatring was prompt and waiter was attentive -- to start with, but finished up virtually ignoring us. Waiting 15-20 minures for our check was ridiculous -- and was reflected in my gratuity! The ceasar salad was good but the main course scallops on tabouli was blah and boring. Plus the scallops were definitely old. Good wine at a fair price. Would I go back -- NO.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went to Spice Street with great expectations, having been a fan of Mr Bakatsias for many years. Seatring was prompt and waiter was attentive -- to start with, but finished up virtually ignoring us. Waiting 15-20 minures for our check was ridiculous -- and was reflected in my gratuity! The ceasar salad was good but the main course scallops on tabouli was blah and boring. Plus the scallops were definitely old. Good wine at a fair price. Would I go back -- NO.

Pros: seating quickly

Cons: blah food, poor waiter

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I had an amazing meal at this restaurant and plan to return often! The service was a bit slow and the sushi was not wrapped tightly enough, but everything else about this restaurant was worth every penny! I thought the jazz band on the patio was a particularly nice touch. I truly felt as though I had a dining experience rather than just a full belly at the end of my night at Spice Street.

2
★★★★★

I had an amazing meal at this restaurant and plan to return often! The service was a bit slow and the sushi was not wrapped tightly enough, but everything else about this restaurant was worth every penny! I thought the jazz band on the patio was a particularly nice touch. I truly felt as though I had a dining experience rather than just a full belly at the end of my night at Spice Street.

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I had the worst time every in a restaurant .... Frist the service just S _ _ _ _ D.. Food was not done right.. cold and not much taste.. And nothing to do with Greek like city search said to be... I will not be back !!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had the worst time every in a restaurant .... Frist the service just S _ _ _ _ D.. Food was not done right.. cold and not much taste.. And nothing to do with Greek like city search said to be... I will not be back !!!

Pros: good parking

Cons: service bad, Food wasn't great, bid a loud

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I live in Silicon Valley, but whenever I visit my parents in Chapel Hill, I always insist on eating at Spice Street at least once. And if not to eat, to go there for drinks! The ambiance is great, decor is awesome and the drinks are yummy. It makes you feel like you are in a big city and not in NC.

2
★★★★★

I live in Silicon Valley, but whenever I visit my parents in Chapel Hill, I always insist on eating at Spice Street at least once. And if not to eat, to go there for drinks! The ambiance is great, decor is awesome and the drinks are yummy. It makes you feel like you are in a big city and not in NC.

Pros: Decor, Drinks, Food

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After experiencing terrible service with a large party last year I was hesitant to give Spice Street another try, but did so since it's so large and an interesting space. When I called to make my reservation they were incredibly rude. But the worst part was the evening itself - starting with the waiter asking "Do you know the rules?". Everyone at the table was appalled by the service. I'll definitely take my money elsewhere next time. It's just not worth it.

1
★★☆☆☆

After experiencing terrible service with a large party last year I was hesitant to give Spice Street another try, but did so since it's so large and an interesting space. When I called to make my reservation they were incredibly rude. But the worst part was the evening itself - starting with the waiter asking "Do you know the rules?". Everyone at the table was appalled by the service. I'll definitely take my money elsewhere next time. It's just not worth it.

Pros: food, atmosphere

Cons: service, price

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I was a bit skeptical about this place since it's attached to an old mall, but from the moment I walked in I knew it was a gem. The atmosphere is unlike any other, perhaps more like a trendy NYC restaurant, and it's a huge, versatile space. The "Copper Room" really inspired me, so much that I held my wedding reception there! But the food is even more impressive than the decor, especially for the price. It's tough to comment on specific dishes as the menu changes often, but the chicken they served at our wedding was the most flavorful I've ever tasted! I find it hard to believe some of these other reviews, because I've dined here at least 3 times and I've always been treated like royalty. I'm not a huge fan of some of George's other restaurants, but this place is hands-down a real winner!!!

2
★★★★★

I was a bit skeptical about this place since it's attached to an old mall, but from the moment I walked in I knew it was a gem. The atmosphere is unlike any other, perhaps more like a trendy NYC restaurant, and it's a huge, versatile space. The "Copper Room" really inspired me, so much that I held my wedding reception there! But the food is even more impressive than the decor, especially for the price. It's tough to comment on specific dishes as the menu changes often, but the chicken they served at our wedding was the most flavorful I've ever tasted! I find it hard to believe some of these other reviews, because I've dined here at least 3 times and I've always been treated like royalty. I'm not a huge fan of some of George's other restaurants, but this place is hands-down a real winner!!!

Pros: atmosphere!, taste/price ratio!, great for events too

Cons: none

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From the outside decor, this place doesn't lure you in at first, but once inside it's as if you walked into a more fashionable P.F. Changs. The atmosphere is great, the food is unbelievable (you have to try the duck or the ahi tuna) and service was unmatched. It's as if you've stumbled upon a great "unknown" restaurant... definately a place you could call your own.

2
★★★★★

From the outside decor, this place doesn't lure you in at first, but once inside it's as if you walked into a more fashionable P.F. Changs. The atmosphere is great, the food is unbelievable (you have to try the duck or the ahi tuna) and service was unmatched. It's as if you've stumbled upon a great "unknown" restaurant... definately a place you could call your own.

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

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Spice Street is one of those places that does not impress you from the outside, but once inside you say "wow!" The restaurant could really be located in the best corner of Manhattan or San Franciso. I have been there several times now and always had great food. One tip: don't always expect spicy food. The concept is about spices, not spicy. Another tip: they open a few weeks ago a great sushi bar like I haven't seen in the Triangle (both in menu and quality). Although it's expensive, it is worth trying.

2
★★★★★

Spice Street is one of those places that does not impress you from the outside, but once inside you say "wow!" The restaurant could really be located in the best corner of Manhattan or San Franciso. I have been there several times now and always had great food. One tip: don't always expect spicy food. The concept is about spices, not spicy. Another tip: they open a few weeks ago a great sushi bar like I haven't seen in the Triangle (both in menu and quality). Although it's expensive, it is worth trying.

Pros: Use of spices in food, ambiance, again, ambiance

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Note to the management at Spice Street: waitstaff delivering monologues that have nothing to do with dinner does not equal good service. Oppressively attentive table-wiping between courses, when the table isn't dirty, does not allow me to relax and enjoy my meal. Food was okay but expensive for what it is; service was bizarre. I didn't come to the restaurant to hear about my waiter's library card, or last night's event. We won't be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Note to the management at Spice Street: waitstaff delivering monologues that have nothing to do with dinner does not equal good service. Oppressively attentive table-wiping between courses, when the table isn't dirty, does not allow me to relax and enjoy my meal. Food was okay but expensive for what it is; service was bizarre. I didn't come to the restaurant to hear about my waiter's library card, or last night's event. We won't be back.

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Wow!
I took my Party from GSK around 40 people
into Spice Street Most of Us for the First Time I was so Impressed with everything Especially The Food & Service We received From a Waiter called morgash And Said TheyWere Perfect My Friends are still talking about it ,I was Reccomended this Location by one of my Bosses Who also Had a great Function . Well all I can say Is well done George and His Team we will be back!

2
★★★★★

Wow!
I took my Party from GSK around 40 people
into Spice Street Most of Us for the First Time I was so Impressed with everything Especially The Food & Service We received From a Waiter called morgash And Said TheyWere Perfect My Friends are still talking about it ,I was Reccomended this Location by one of my Bosses Who also Had a great Function . Well all I can say Is well done George and His Team we will be back!

Pros: fun service, great menu, ambaince amazing

Cons: none, none, none

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I ate at Spice Street with my business associates after being told NOT to by several others. I can honestly say that it was one of the nicest meals I've had in Chapel Hill in a long time. For that matter, it is one of the best restaurants in the triangle. I recommend it to all.

2
★★★★★

I ate at Spice Street with my business associates after being told NOT to by several others. I can honestly say that it was one of the nicest meals I've had in Chapel Hill in a long time. For that matter, it is one of the best restaurants in the triangle. I recommend it to all.

Pros: impressive, good value, great atmosphere

Cons: not good for kids

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I recently had the unpleasant experience of eating at Spice Street. This by far and away was the WORST dinning experience in my history of eating out. The food and service were TERRIBLE. I would never go back nor recommend any one else to eat there. The owner should be ashamed of the food and should fire the chef. The restaurant décor is nice but never judge a book by its cover. We even could hear others in the restaurant complain about the food and service.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I recently had the unpleasant experience of eating at Spice Street. This by far and away was the WORST dinning experience in my history of eating out. The food and service were TERRIBLE. I would never go back nor recommend any one else to eat there. The owner should be ashamed of the food and should fire the chef. The restaurant décor is nice but never judge a book by its cover. We even could hear others in the restaurant complain about the food and service.

Cons: Food Horrendous, Service Poor

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I dine out often in this town, and I love the variety of experiences I can have. It seems that George has created another with his newest concept of Asian themed dishes, but at a more modest price point. Only one of the entree dishes was priced over $20.00. The portion sizes were fine, the decor and music were great, but the service was a little slow. (Not bad, just slow). Overall, worth a visit, but I'll let the waiter know that there's no need to be shy in taking the orders.

1
★★★☆☆

I dine out often in this town, and I love the variety of experiences I can have. It seems that George has created another with his newest concept of Asian themed dishes, but at a more modest price point. Only one of the entree dishes was priced over $20.00. The portion sizes were fine, the decor and music were great, but the service was a little slow. (Not bad, just slow). Overall, worth a visit, but I'll let the waiter know that there's no need to be shy in taking the orders.

Pros: Unique Idea, Good Food, Fair Prices

Cons: Slow Service

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Hip decor with so-so food and good-looking low-IQ staff do not add up to a good restaurant. Service is not on par with a true upscale restaurant. A place for the trendy wannabes.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Hip decor with so-so food and good-looking low-IQ staff do not add up to a good restaurant. Service is not on par with a true upscale restaurant. A place for the trendy wannabes.

Cons: poor service

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Overpriced and over rated. Service slow and food not what I expected for the price paid

1
★★★☆☆

Overpriced and over rated. Service slow and food not what I expected for the price paid

Pros: ambience, easy parking

Cons: expensive, poor value for money

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I went there for lunch, and there was a decent variety of food, but it pretty much tastes like Weaver St Market and it costs more than twice as much.

1
★★★☆☆

I went there for lunch, and there was a decent variety of food, but it pretty much tastes like Weaver St Market and it costs more than twice as much.

Pros: cool archetecture

Cons: overpriced

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I think that it is somewhat misleading to keep the lunch and dinner ratings together, as the service, food selection... are quite different. I have gone twice, but only at lunch. I really liked the flatbread sandwich and love the opportunity to have a sampler plate of many of the different types of side dishs. Service is very fast as you mostly serve yourself. I do agree that it can be quite pricey, but will go again occasionally.

2
★★★★☆

I think that it is somewhat misleading to keep the lunch and dinner ratings together, as the service, food selection... are quite different. I have gone twice, but only at lunch. I really liked the flatbread sandwich and love the opportunity to have a sampler plate of many of the different types of side dishs. Service is very fast as you mostly serve yourself. I do agree that it can be quite pricey, but will go again occasionally.

Pros: Lunch, flatbread sandwiches

Cons: Expensive, decor

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My wife & I experienced impressive, exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, & a most attractive setting - the experience was a true triumph!
- Dr. Daniel Kolzet

2
★★★★★

My wife & I experienced impressive, exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, & a most attractive setting - the experience was a true triumph!
- Dr. Daniel Kolzet

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I had A great dinner Last night,after reading other reviews I was some what reluctant to dine there,but after going with my wife and friends we all thought the place was fantastic Service was prompt food was great the ambiance was like a place I remember In New York!
We met the Manager he had mentoined a lot of changes had been made from behind the scenes he was very Charming but unfortunately ladies married!
We look forward to telling our friends about this Venue Well done George!!!

2
★★★★★

I had A great dinner Last night,after reading other reviews I was some what reluctant to dine there,but after going with my wife and friends we all thought the place was fantastic Service was prompt food was great the ambiance was like a place I remember In New York!
We met the Manager he had mentoined a lot of changes had been made from behind the scenes he was very Charming but unfortunately ladies married!
We look forward to telling our friends about this Venue Well done George!!!

Pros: goodparking, great food, reasonable pricing

Cons: not for kids, loud music

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Prior to dining at Spice Street myself, I had heard rave reviews from friends. I went to CitySearch to check it out for myself and I was dissappointed to see the poor ratings. I had already agreed to meet a friend there so I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try it out. Although we did not have reservations, we were seated (maybe) 15 minutes after arriving. While we waited, Alana served us a wonderful bottle of wine at the bar. Then we sat down and to my great surprise, the food was outstanding ! Extremely fresh, an interesting mix of flavors and combinations, and a to die for dessert sampler platter. Bryson, our waiter was almost too attentive, if you can beleive it ! The ambiance was wonderful. Overall, an amazing experience.

2
★★★★☆

Prior to dining at Spice Street myself, I had heard rave reviews from friends. I went to CitySearch to check it out for myself and I was dissappointed to see the poor ratings. I had already agreed to meet a friend there so I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try it out. Although we did not have reservations, we were seated (maybe) 15 minutes after arriving. While we waited, Alana served us a wonderful bottle of wine at the bar. Then we sat down and to my great surprise, the food was outstanding ! Extremely fresh, an interesting mix of flavors and combinations, and a to die for dessert sampler platter. Bryson, our waiter was almost too attentive, if you can beleive it ! The ambiance was wonderful. Overall, an amazing experience.

Pros: Great Ambiance, Great Cuisine, Great Service

Cons: Will soon be crowded, when people see the, quality

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For a place called "Spice Street," this restaurant had apallingly bland food. We got calamari, sate, and salmon roll appetizers, all over which were ok, none great. The chicken I ordered had the most bizarre texture of any chicken I've ever had. It didn't taste rotted, but the consistency was so mushy it was as if it had begun to decompose. The restaurant was indeed beautiful however, and I hope they manage to get the food together. With some trepidation, I have to say I'm highly suspicious of the four reviewers who gave this restaurant a 9 or 10. None of the four reviewers has reviewed any other restaurants, and three of the four cite George Bakatsias by name. Could he be narcissistic enough to write fake, glowing reviews of himself? You bet!

1
★★☆☆☆

For a place called "Spice Street," this restaurant had apallingly bland food. We got calamari, sate, and salmon roll appetizers, all over which were ok, none great. The chicken I ordered had the most bizarre texture of any chicken I've ever had. It didn't taste rotted, but the consistency was so mushy it was as if it had begun to decompose. The restaurant was indeed beautiful however, and I hope they manage to get the food together. With some trepidation, I have to say I'm highly suspicious of the four reviewers who gave this restaurant a 9 or 10. None of the four reviewers has reviewed any other restaurants, and three of the four cite George Bakatsias by name. Could he be narcissistic enough to write fake, glowing reviews of himself? You bet!

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this restaurant has a great decor, but that's where it ends. the food is uninspring. for the price you pay, you would expect more innovative fare--fish is constanly undercooked, and flavors run on the bland side (where is the spice in spice street???). wait staff is inattentive for the most part. after being open for a while, these kinks should have already been straightened out.

also, it is very offensive that the management feels they need to have a person hand out towels in the restroom. most people are caught off guard, and are unclear on tipping the towel attendants. moreover, we do not live in the 50s where such degrading work is necessary. the restaurant isn't even fancy enough(it's in the mall!!) to justify it. instead, they should concentrate on the food, that is lacking.

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★☆☆☆☆

this restaurant has a great decor, but that's where it ends. the food is uninspring. for the price you pay, you would expect more innovative fare--fish is constanly undercooked, and flavors run on the bland side (where is the spice in spice street???). wait staff is inattentive for the most part. after being open for a while, these kinks should have already been straightened out.

also, it is very offensive that the management feels they need to have a person hand out towels in the restroom. most people are caught off guard, and are unclear on tipping the towel attendants. moreover, we do not live in the 50s where such degrading work is necessary. the restaurant isn't even fancy enough(it's in the mall!!) to justify it. instead, they should concentrate on the food, that is lacking.

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the worst dining experience. the appetizers were OK(salmon tempura roll that was decent). the entrees were a total letdown. they were completely bland(we had the red snapper, tuna and filet mignon)--how could you make something with no seasoning at all. the red snapper didn't have all it's scales removed, and for $19, it was too much money to pay for a small fillet. while i don't mind eating rare fish, the snapper was totally raw on the inside and i had to send it back to the kitchen. the waitress was inattentive and we had to ask 3Xs for lemon. it's ridiculous to have to order side items, given that you are paying so much for the meal. the scalloped potatoes looked like applesauce and had no taste(looked like brown gravy slapped over potato slices). if you want a better meal, go to the lantern.

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★☆☆☆☆

the worst dining experience. the appetizers were OK(salmon tempura roll that was decent). the entrees were a total letdown. they were completely bland(we had the red snapper, tuna and filet mignon)--how could you make something with no seasoning at all. the red snapper didn't have all it's scales removed, and for $19, it was too much money to pay for a small fillet. while i don't mind eating rare fish, the snapper was totally raw on the inside and i had to send it back to the kitchen. the waitress was inattentive and we had to ask 3Xs for lemon. it's ridiculous to have to order side items, given that you are paying so much for the meal. the scalloped potatoes looked like applesauce and had no taste(looked like brown gravy slapped over potato slices). if you want a better meal, go to the lantern.

Cons: bad food, bad service

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I was a bit skeptical of hosting my girlfriend's birthday dinner at Spice Street, having read some of the reviews posted, however I decided to try it out anyway, at her request. There were six in our group, and we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time (not too bad for a Friday night).

The ambiance was amazing--between the music and the exotic decor, there is an energy I haven't found anywhere else. Our waited found us right away and answered our questions about some of the dishes, which need some explaining as they are quite different. I had the salmon at our waiter's suggestion and was not disappointed. We waited no longer than a half hour for our food. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, espeically for special occasions, and I will certainly be returning soon myself. Good work George!

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★★★★★

I was a bit skeptical of hosting my girlfriend's birthday dinner at Spice Street, having read some of the reviews posted, however I decided to try it out anyway, at her request. There were six in our group, and we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time (not too bad for a Friday night).

The ambiance was amazing--between the music and the exotic decor, there is an energy I haven't found anywhere else. Our waited found us right away and answered our questions about some of the dishes, which need some explaining as they are quite different. I had the salmon at our waiter's suggestion and was not disappointed. We waited no longer than a half hour for our food. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, espeically for special occasions, and I will certainly be returning soon myself. Good work George!

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This exotic-looking venue, originally designed for a restaurant concept featuring street food from all over the world, has evolved into a Mediterranean rim eatery. Pita slices served with spicy harissa sauce set the culinary tone as soon…

 

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