River City Grill Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 131 W Marion Ave

    Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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  • 941-639-9080

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Had eaten here several years ago and had a good experience. Unfortunately this time it was not good. Hostess wanted to seat us in the front of the restraurant in the front window all by ourselves, asked for a booth and were told they only had ones in the bar as available, which would have been fine, but ended up in the window anyway. Server was not apparently happy that she had another table to deal with, apparently afraid to smile. My companion ordered a bowl of broccali cheese soup which she loved. Also ordered the Asian chicken wrap in lettuce. The chicken was tasty but the lettuce concept was a mess. Several large leafs ripped of off a head of iceburg lettuce piled on the plate and with the small loose pieces of chicken in the sauce was an impossible soupy mess to eat. I myself ordered the Halibut in a seafood glace. Ordered the Ceaser salad and asked if I wanted anchovies??????it was supposed to be a Ceaser salad,right? I received a small plate of finely chopped romaine lettuce with a tasteless dressing and two anchovie filets laying across the top of the defensless lettuce. The halibut came in a French oinion soup crock with a white sauce that had a few minced pieces of seafood in it. The included side dish was a scoop of some tasteless(I think brown)rice. and some fresh veggies consisting of carrots and some endamine, no butter and certainly no seasoning. Certainly not a value at $17.99 for the fish. My companion told the waitress she was not happy and the server asked if we wanted to speak to the manager who turned out to be the hostess. She did offer to make an adjustment of some type which we declined, explaining it was not necessary but to just make note of our comments. Interestingly when told about the lettuce wrap her response that she agreed about it being a mess and that she always ordered it as a salad. I suggested they may want to take a look at the presentation. Apparently this is a very popular bar but they have neglected the food & service for the liquor.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had eaten here several years ago and had a good experience. Unfortunately this time it was not good. Hostess wanted to seat us in the front of the restraurant in the front window all by ourselves, asked for a booth and were told they only had ones in the bar as available, which would have been fine, but ended up in the window anyway. Server was not apparently happy that she had another table to deal with, apparently afraid to smile. My companion ordered a bowl of broccali cheese soup which she loved. Also ordered the Asian chicken wrap in lettuce. The chicken was tasty but the lettuce concept was a mess. Several large leafs ripped of off a head of iceburg lettuce piled on the plate and with the small loose pieces of chicken in the sauce was an impossible soupy mess to eat. I myself ordered the Halibut in a seafood glace. Ordered the Ceaser salad and asked if I wanted anchovies??????it was supposed to be a Ceaser salad,right? I received a small plate of finely chopped romaine lettuce with a tasteless dressing and two anchovie filets laying across the top of the defensless lettuce. The halibut came in a French oinion soup crock with a white sauce that had a few minced pieces of seafood in it. The included side dish was a scoop of some tasteless(I think brown)rice. and some fresh veggies consisting of carrots and some endamine, no butter and certainly no seasoning. Certainly not a value at $17.99 for the fish. My companion told the waitress she was not happy and the server asked if we wanted to speak to the manager who turned out to be the hostess. She did offer to make an adjustment of some type which we declined, explaining it was not necessary but to just make note of our comments. Interestingly when told about the lettuce wrap her response that she agreed about it being a mess and that she always ordered it as a salad. I suggested they may want to take a look at the presentation. Apparently this is a very popular bar but they have neglected the food & service for the liquor.

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The other review made me think I must have been in a different restaurant. Our experience at the River City Grill (three times in past three months) was very, very good. The best wasibi tuna ever, and the other dishes were also given high marks by all five. Service was also excellent. Maybe a little pricey for Punta Gorda, but not by much. Well worth it and we are going back tonight.

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★★★★☆

The other review made me think I must have been in a different restaurant. Our experience at the River City Grill (three times in past three months) was very, very good. The best wasibi tuna ever, and the other dishes were also given high marks by all five. Service was also excellent. Maybe a little pricey for Punta Gorda, but not by much. Well worth it and we are going back tonight.

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First few visits were excellent. Been there twicw this year and has been anything but excellent. Level of service and quality of product have slipped. Too many items on menu that were not available - menu has not changed - menus dogeared - salad greens partially wilted - rolls tough - attention from server missing. Last visit 09-11-06. Used to brag about this establishment - will not recommend anymore.

PROS: Most of the pros have disappeared or gone downhill.
CONS: Now pricey considering level of mediocrity it has fallen to

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★★☆☆☆

First few visits were excellent. Been there twicw this year and has been anything but excellent. Level of service and quality of product have slipped. Too many items on menu that were not available - menu has not changed - menus dogeared - salad greens partially wilted - rolls tough - attention from server missing. Last visit 09-11-06. Used to brag about this establishment - will not recommend anymore.

PROS: Most of the pros have disappeared or gone downhill.
CONS: Now pricey considering level of mediocrity it has fallen to

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This restaurant is very hip and has great style. The food is decent but really pricey for what you get. The bar is nice and has great drinks. The atmosphere is better than the food but it is nice.

PROS: Great Decor
CONS: Pricey

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant is very hip and has great style. The food is decent but really pricey for what you get. The bar is nice and has great drinks. The atmosphere is better than the food but it is nice.

PROS: Great Decor
CONS: Pricey

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