great place, "fish bowl" canbe loud
We were in the fishbowl at the back of the restaurant. It was wonderful. Then a party of 8 were seated. They were having fun, but their conversations funneled back to us. We should have requested a different location because we were on a date night. Not a bad thing, just not for us on our date night
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day is a very busy time to make a change, but they did, and with a smile. I loved that they offered vegetarian dishes, and the wine was delicious. We wanted for nothing, the service was friendly and thorough yet unimposing. I"m glad I tried it, glad I took my Mom here, and I would definitely dine here again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small but special
This hidden gem is a wonderful spot for food lovers. Their Thursday special is called Fat Tuesday. They roast a whole pig on their barbecue and serve to varied tastes. These and other items on the menu are all worth trying. They have a full bar and we opted to have our meal in this area of the restaurant.
We will definitely be back soon.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual atmosphere, great service, great, interesting food.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place to eat a unique meal...
.....but over-the-top noise level for intimate conversation.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming a favorite brunch option
Agate Alley's Laboratory has quickly become one of my family's favorite brunch locations. They have a great menu featuring many local ingredients. The staff is outstanding, and the food is even better!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The presentation was wonderful! I had the steak special, it was tender and flavorful. Three of the group had the scallops and they were beautiful and they all loved them. My husband is an opportunist vegetarian. He had the pumpkin enchiladas and thought his was just okay. Probably would not order it again. We ate outside and had a great experience. Our waiter was outstanding. I would definitely go back. Thanks!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is outstanding, the servers are ultra knowledgeable and personal service is exemplary.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, strange decor
While the decor is eclectic, the food was great. The drinks were unique and the wine list was fairly large. The chef came by our table and that was a nice touch. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and we hope to go back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent All Around
Quality ingredients, superbly prepared. Unique dishes and decor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. We'll definitely be back.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu was interesting and refreshing for Eugene. Staff friendly. Ambience retro and fun. Food was OK, but with better prep, could be great. Presentation on 3 out of 4 plates good. The 4th plate was not clear what is was and when it arrivedwas a complete surprise. We made it work with a really nice side salad. The waitress could have let us know that the "broth" was not a soup side and actually was a dipping sauce for the sandwich which arrived on a rather anemic looking dry hoagie roll. It was obviously awkward, but maybe wasn't noted because our waitress/waiters changed between the time we placed our order, and arrival of the food. The salmon was overdone. Good wine list.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and funky spot for foodies!
Great service, interesting drinks, outstanding food, relaxed ambiance. I went to get caught up with my best friend. The service was excellent - we always had what we needed without having our conversation interrupted. She had the boar which was melt-in-your-mouth tender. I had the lab burger - perfectly toasted onion bun, high quality meat, truely carmelized onions, smoked mozzerela cheese with a side of crispy and delightfully seasoned fries. I noticed they have a tasty looking vuger too for when I come back with my vegetarian friends. We loved the fun and relaxed decor. As for the noise level, it was easy to talk but there was enough background noise that we didn't notice the other tables (even though the place was full).
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Plus for Eugene's Food Scene!
When we eat out, it's got to be better than what we can cook at home. And there is no question that Agate Alley Lab meets that benchmark! Creative menu with a great blend of flavors, well-prepared. Whimsical décor. Good service. I'm a "burger snob", so just had to check that out and it was terrific. Can't wait to dig into the rest of the menu!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
good experience with some caveats
the food was excellent: portions not too big or over sauced. liked bottles of chilled, not ice, water (ice is highly overused in american restaurants: dulls the taste buds!)
lighting made it hard to read the menu (along the front glass wall)
accustics (sp?) not great, a little hard to talk (but i don't have the greatest hearing to begin with)
prices on the high end but felt the food worth it.
overall, a very pleasureable experience. we will be returning
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef adds to the menu. Service is always good. Always great cocktails!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quirky but nice
A little far from campus - but that meant no crowds. Great service, interesting menu options, science jokes really appealed to the geek in us.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM