Romano's Macaroni Grill

★★★☆☆
  • 8000 El Cerrito Plz

    El Cerrito, CA 94530

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  • 510-524-9336

About Romano's Macaroni Grill

Hours
Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

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"veal" is made by tearing crying calves from their mothers who cry for days) at birth or just a day or so after. They are TIED into tiny crates, or chained by the neck to the floor of them, so that they can't even turn around! kept in the dark usually (out of sight) and fed milk and gruel to make their flesh "tender and pale". hey are anemic, and have constant diarrhea.This is an abomination visited on helpless babies. They are kept this way for six entire months, and then killed. Do not ever support this barbaric activity by patronizing a restaurant which serves tortured babies, and certainly don't eat "veal! Shame,

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★☆☆☆☆

"veal" is made by tearing crying calves from their mothers who cry for days) at birth or just a day or so after. They are TIED into tiny crates, or chained by the neck to the floor of them, so that they can't even turn around! kept in the dark usually (out of sight) and fed milk and gruel to make their flesh "tender and pale". hey are anemic, and have constant diarrhea.This is an abomination visited on helpless babies. They are kept this way for six entire months, and then killed. Do not ever support this barbaric activity by patronizing a restaurant which serves tortured babies, and certainly don't eat "veal! Shame,

Cons: veal on menu..many items!

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This resto looks like a typical franchise or chain resto, but actually their food is excellent, starting from their bread. I've been to Italy before, and let me tell you that taste-wise, Macaroni Grill taste better than Italian food found in Rome!

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★★★★★

This resto looks like a typical franchise or chain resto, but actually their food is excellent, starting from their bread. I've been to Italy before, and let me tell you that taste-wise, Macaroni Grill taste better than Italian food found in Rome!

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I noticed that it has been almost two years since a new review has been provided for this location but not much has changed since that review. The service is terrible at this location. I'm just sorry that I cannot rate it lower than the one star provided. On a night when there were few people in attendance at the restaurant, it took forever to get seated. Once seated, we waited approximately ten minutes for our waiter to arrive. We placed an order for appetizers as well as our entrees. The appetizers were delivered at the same time as part of our entrees. I say part of our entrees because, my pasta arrived but the meat sauce was not yet ready to be served. It took a full ten minutes before the meat sauce arrived to be placed on top of a, by then, cold sticky plate of pasta. In addition, the wine we had ordered had not yet been provided. The waiter apologized and indicated that they were understaffed that night and that he would quickly bring the wine. This was surprising since, that night, looking around we noticed that there were very few people at this location. A full fifteen minutes passed without the wine arriving nor our waiter being in sight. I went to the maitre-de and requested that we be provided with the bill. The bill was given to us and, sure enough, the wine had been included in the bill. To their credit when we explained that we never received the wine, they did deduct the wine from the billing. We left vowing never to return. I have never experienced worse service at a restaurant than I did at this location.

By the way, I should add that when I spoke to three other folks at work who had gone to the same restaurant location, they indicated that they found the service to be equally poor and that each, upon inquiry, had been told that the restaurant was understaffed.

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★☆☆☆☆

I noticed that it has been almost two years since a new review has been provided for this location but not much has changed since that review. The service is terrible at this location. I'm just sorry that I cannot rate it lower than the one star provided. On a night when there were few people in attendance at the restaurant, it took forever to get seated. Once seated, we waited approximately ten minutes for our waiter to arrive. We placed an order for appetizers as well as our entrees. The appetizers were delivered at the same time as part of our entrees. I say part of our entrees because, my pasta arrived but the meat sauce was not yet ready to be served. It took a full ten minutes before the meat sauce arrived to be placed on top of a, by then, cold sticky plate of pasta. In addition, the wine we had ordered had not yet been provided. The waiter apologized and indicated that they were understaffed that night and that he would quickly bring the wine. This was surprising since, that night, looking around we noticed that there were very few people at this location. A full fifteen minutes passed without the wine arriving nor our waiter being in sight. I went to the maitre-de and requested that we be provided with the bill. The bill was given to us and, sure enough, the wine had been included in the bill. To their credit when we explained that we never received the wine, they did deduct the wine from the billing. We left vowing never to return. I have never experienced worse service at a restaurant than I did at this location.

By the way, I should add that when I spoke to three other folks at work who had gone to the same restaurant location, they indicated that they found the service to be equally poor and that each, upon inquiry, had been told that the restaurant was understaffed.

Cons: Extremely slow service.

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We tried this place 3 times, thinking the first time the food was good but they must be having an "off" night. But every night seems to be off. Getting seated was slow, ordering was slower, & the food took forever. We had to ask for silverware on 2 visits. On the 3rd, they kept trying to give us someone else'es order. They just didn't get that it wasn't ours. Our food finally arrived stone cold. We'd brought grandma for her birthday; to be seated, she was told to step over food scraps on the floor (from a baby that just left). Then it took 15 minutes for someone to clean up the mess that was still right next to her chair. They charged for dessert we didn't order--it was just not fun. People told me the service is better in other locations, but this one we would not ecommend.

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★★☆☆☆

We tried this place 3 times, thinking the first time the food was good but they must be having an "off" night. But every night seems to be off. Getting seated was slow, ordering was slower, & the food took forever. We had to ask for silverware on 2 visits. On the 3rd, they kept trying to give us someone else'es order. They just didn't get that it wasn't ours. Our food finally arrived stone cold. We'd brought grandma for her birthday; to be seated, she was told to step over food scraps on the floor (from a baby that just left). Then it took 15 minutes for someone to clean up the mess that was still right next to her chair. They charged for dessert we didn't order--it was just not fun. People told me the service is better in other locations, but this one we would not ecommend.

Pros: tasty food, big portions, ambiance

Cons: bad service, bad service, bad service

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This restaurant is excellent for a family environment. They have comfortable booths, friendly wait staff and crayons for the little ones. The service is fast, the food wonderful and quick. Even on busy days you don't have a tremendous wait for your food.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is excellent for a family environment. They have comfortable booths, friendly wait staff and crayons for the little ones. The service is fast, the food wonderful and quick. Even on busy days you don't have a tremendous wait for your food.

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This restaurant has very dim lights. The waiters are super nice. They serve you politely and friendly. It is very common, but somehow, they really want to satisfy their customers even though the place is very busy. This place has seats block by block. Some of them are filled with sofas while some use regular chairs. A romantic place for couples because again, it has dim lights. Although you go there in the morning, it is also dim. A good place for families because it's not very noisy, so children won't get disturbed. This place is huge, so the noise won't bounce around and disturb the little ones that are sleeping :) One more thing. When you go to the bathroom, somehow, it is teaching you how to speak Spanish. So, when you are in line for the bathroom, you can learn Spanish as well.

PROS: Super nice waiters and noise-less.
CONS: n/a

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★★★★★

This restaurant has very dim lights. The waiters are super nice. They serve you politely and friendly. It is very common, but somehow, they really want to satisfy their customers even though the place is very busy. This place has seats block by block. Some of them are filled with sofas while some use regular chairs. A romantic place for couples because again, it has dim lights. Although you go there in the morning, it is also dim. A good place for families because it's not very noisy, so children won't get disturbed. This place is huge, so the noise won't bounce around and disturb the little ones that are sleeping :) One more thing. When you go to the bathroom, somehow, it is teaching you how to speak Spanish. So, when you are in line for the bathroom, you can learn Spanish as well.

PROS: Super nice waiters and noise-less.
CONS: n/a

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I was reluctant to go here since the outside looks like a
"Dennys" but my family and I were pleasantly surprised
when we stepped inside. We have eaten here 3 times and
enjoyed our meals. There is something on the menu for
everyone.....from my Vegan husband to our discerning teen
and my veggie but cheesy taste! I liked the fact that it's
one of the few places we've been to in the El Cerrito area
where all kinds of people were enjoying their meals under
the same roof!!! Young, old, couples, families, singles and
a diversity of races and dress styles! The inside seems
fancy but the wait staff is friendly and helpful.
They have a very nice Kid's menu (for kids under 10? or 12?) We all enjoyed the desserts too! Not cheap but not
pricey either (About $45 for salads, entrees, soft drinks, desserts and a 20% tip)

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★★★★☆

I was reluctant to go here since the outside looks like a
"Dennys" but my family and I were pleasantly surprised
when we stepped inside. We have eaten here 3 times and
enjoyed our meals. There is something on the menu for
everyone.....from my Vegan husband to our discerning teen
and my veggie but cheesy taste! I liked the fact that it's
one of the few places we've been to in the El Cerrito area
where all kinds of people were enjoying their meals under
the same roof!!! Young, old, couples, families, singles and
a diversity of races and dress styles! The inside seems
fancy but the wait staff is friendly and helpful.
They have a very nice Kid's menu (for kids under 10? or 12?) We all enjoyed the desserts too! Not cheap but not
pricey either (About $45 for salads, entrees, soft drinks, desserts and a 20% tip)

Pros: Great food!, Excellent Kids Menu!, Plenty of parking!

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Macaroni Grill is characterized by its fast service, attentive staff and traditional Italian cuisine. Parents love Macaroni Grills classy atmosphere...

 

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