Banderas - Loved IT!!!. Our first time at Banderas this past week. Everything my friends said was true. The cornbread was amazing (and I don't normally like cornbread!). The salmon appy was so yummy. Free corkage and great service!!
Consistently good food and service !. We're locals and eat here regularly. Here's the scoop - they don't take reservations and unless you get there shortly after they open, plan for a wait and it can be as long as an hour. Great news - they have a happening bar and a nice outdoor seating area by the fire. You can order wine and appetizers (so just relax and hang out ). Service - The restaurant staff work very hard. They work as a team and anyone can help you - therefore, don't ever hesitate to ask for help and you'll get it immediately. Service has always been good. Food - We've never had a dinner we didn't like - but a few favorites are anything with prime rib, the macho salad, and the fresh fish (including the sandwich). The rotisserie chicken is good - but boring compared to everything else on the menu (pick something else if it's your first time there). We always get the artichoke - it's now our benchmark for all artichokes. The cornbread is amazing. Little known secret - you can bring your own wine and there is no corkage fee. However, the house wines are great and have become some of our new everyday favorites.
Awful value. 1/2 chicken is $17. For $24 you can have 1/4 chicken and two pcs of ribs. OR if you want to do takeout, you can get a whole chicken for $15. Does this make sense to anyone?
Hurried. Good food but we were pushed incessantly to get on with it and finish. Displeased major.
Take Out Might break you?.
Love/hate this place.
example: tonight i will pick up dinner to go for 4.
(1) Full cut chicken, (2) orders of ribs, and a few sides.
$80 - $100? Dang. Sure glad i can afford it.
Or for $30.00 I can do Baja Fresh. :)
If you have not been here - you should check it out.
Horrible customer service. Great place with great quality food however its not the only place in Newport Beach you can get good quality food plus customer service. The customer service was absolutely disgusting.
Great Experience!!. My boyfriend and I had dinner there our last night in Newport Beach and it was one of the best resturants that we have been to. We went earlier in the day to put our name on the list since it was a Saturday night and when we arrived they had our table ready for us. The food was really delicious!! My boyfriend ordered the prime rib which was juicy and really good with the mashed potatoes!! I had the roast chicken with mashed potatoes and it was simply yummy. We shared a ceasar salad and even that was really good!! We had a really great time and the waitstaff was really friendly!! I can't wait to go back to Orange County and have dinner here again!!
not a fun ride.
After a longer wait than the hostess had estimated, we were seated at a nice booth for an equally long wait for service. This would have all been acceptable if the food had been as good as touted, but we found the chicken and lamb to be utterly bland, and side dishes uninteresting, except for the spanish rice which was overly peppered. The only defense of the chicken is it was not dry, but otherwise it was quite ordinary.
The whole experience was a bit like a Disneyland ride - an hour-long wait for a few minutes of fun, except in this case not a ride I'd do again.
Disappointing. Wait was longer than hostess told us. Long wait for service after we were seated. Food was bland and tasteless. For the price, there were no extras such as bread and service was poor. After an hour wait, it was disappointing.
Over-Hyped. Sat night at 7ish this place was packed with an hour and half wait. This has got to be some great chicken.....NOT!!!!!! I don't like to find under cooked chicken in my salad with a lot of grizzle. Ribs were good. Still not worth an hour & half wait. If it's trendy your after, there's many other options even as close as Newport Beach or Laguna.
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