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It took a long time for our server to come to our table. They were not busy at all. When she came, I specifically asked her about whether a particular sauce contained dairy. She told us twice that it did not, that it was just a glaze. The food took 30 minutes to reach our table, again, they were not busy. They could have at least brought the salad out first. When I tried the sauce, I was not convinced it was dairy free. I went to the cooks station and inquired about the sauce. Turns out it is a butter-based sauce. I don’t think it’s too much to expect that the servers know about the ingredients in the food they serve. It’s not like the food menu is extensive. Food was so-so, very simple, but not worth the cost.
Gift certificate did not work. Very dissappointing.
We went to Martin's for a pre Fox Theater show. We sat at the bar for a few apps and drinks. the bartenders and drinks were good.
We were sat in the back which was an empty area, at least it was quiet, but we missed out on the ambience of the front restaurant and better lighting.
The food was just not good. It feels like they are trying to have a modern menu with unique ingredients and blending, but it just didn't work. the veggies were limp, my husbands burger was over done even though he ordered medium rare, my sister's fries came 20 min before our meal (were supposed to be part of the meal) and she had to have them returned to be re-heated when her meal came. the kitchen was slow and we had to track down the waitress for the bill.
Had a great time - girl’s night out to watch the KU game at the bar. Michael, the bartender/server, was fabulous. Great cocktail (“Spring Break”), Tandoori Fries ❤️, asparagus and lamb burgers. Loved the vibe - relaxed. A great experience all the way around.
Had a very odd experience at a restaurant I used to frequent when they did lunch. The sever informed us that there was no fries with the fish. It was listed as fish and chips online and I believe on the menu, but was told that chips now needed to be ordered separately. We did not order the fries and left feeling irritated. Maybe there has been a change in management. Felt like we were being nickel and dimes. Did not like it.
Long wait for service, the waitress was extremely tired. Did not enjoy all the food, specifically the octopus. However the pate was excellent. Bone marrow was excellent as well.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Wonderful, as always.
I chose this placed based on favorable reviews. If you're looking for bar food then you'll be happy. I prefer vegetables without tons of oil and garlic. We sat at the bar and the bartenders were excellent and really friendly as was the host. Fish n chips super greasy with batter layer way too thick, gummy, heavy. Fries good. Empanada things terrible. Drinks good.
My first visit was quite enjoyable. Menu was appealing and service prompt. Our server gave us plenty of time to settle in and chat. Food was delicious and well portioned. Nice place I will visit again!
I love the diverse menu at Martin's West. We never leave disappointed. The Scotch Eggs are a rare treat. They make their own sausage for the charcuterie platter, and it's delicious. The bar offers a variety of whiskies including bourbon, scotch, and Irish varieties. It's a great place for food and drink you might not find everywhere.
Having moved from London, we missed our local pub until we found Martin's West. It take gastropub to a new level with upscale takes on Scottish & British favourites. A deconstructed chicken & leek pie consisted of a chicken leg on top of creamy leeks, baby carrots, and more delicious vegetables and topped with a square of fluffy, golden pastry.
Our must-have starter is the Scotch quail's eggs - the sausage is delicious and yolks are always the perfect, slightly runny, consistency. Our latest trip we also tried the haggis "corndog" bites - delicious!!
Their cocktails are creative and the staff are always happy to customize wherever they can (adding a Scotch egg to the portion because we were a table of 4 or mixing a Pimm's Cup for me as a specialty cocktail request).
It was extremely loud. Food portions were small and really nothing special.
Went for a quick post movie meal. Food was good - the pot pie was unique and the Brussel sprouts nicely prepared. Our experience was that the service was a little slow, especially as it did not seem very busy. We would have enjoyed it a lot more if we could hear each other talk. It looks like the front room may be better for conversation.
Food is a bit expensive for what it is. Generally good though. Cocktail selection is fun
First time visit and while the menu posted on Open Table was VERY different from what was offered, we found a few items to pick on.
Entering on time we were swiftly seated and it took a good 5 minutes before our server addressed us, welcoming us and asking for our drinks and appetizer orders....
Once placed another 5 minutes before Drinks arrived (glass of red and a draft).
First up: Oysters on the Half Shell.
Oysters placed on a coolant (slush) ice with two slices of lemons.
Judging from the dry surface on both Oyster and Lemon sliced there were not freshly prepared, but rather that afternoon for then to be cold stored until ordered up.
1/2 Dozen for $16.00. Not worth it.
Smoked Duck Rillette:
Good, Tasty, a little salty but a good combo with the toasted baguette slices
Deep fried, dark, tasty yet mushy inside.
Cod and Clam
Cod was tiny but tasty. Clams OK.
Fish & Chips
Load of fish which were freshly fried.
First piece was fantastic.
Second piece was very undercooked, soggy and raw pretty much.
Tandoori Fries w/tamarind Ketchup was wonderful.
All in all an “OK” experience and as usual I am giving a restaurant a couple of tries and we decided that we would come back.
Bare brick and tall ceilings do NOT go well together.
The room is extremely loud, and while the two-tops are narrow and deep, people almost need to yell at each other to have a conversation.
Highly suggest to invest in acoustic panels to kill noise.
Go to 31st Union in San Mateo as reference as they did a great job addressing same challenges.
Interesting items on the menu, but I don’t think I ordered the right thing. I had the sautéed snapper sandwich, which sounded healthy, but the bun was way too bready and big. It would have been nice to have a whole wheat bun that didn’t have so much bread. I will try the shrimp salad next time. Many of the menu items sounded like they included Middle Eastern spices, which was appealing. The catsup included with my French fries must have been homemade and was nice. The ambiance is very casual and like a pub. It could have been nicer for the prices, which were a little high.
Our server was very nice. Lamb burgers delicious and french press coffee a nice touch
a great Tuesday night place to get good food in a casual environment.
Very good cocktails, the food was rather oily. Deserts were fantastic. Quick and friendly service.
This is a nice pub. The homemade pickles (both an app and also sides/toppings with entrees) are the star of the show. My lamb burger was delicious, but my friend was disappointed that the carmelized onions promised with his burger were cooked in, losing the appeal.
Not appropriate for our age group (80+). Way too noise!
Not fault of restaurant !
I've never had a better martini! The food was flawless. Came out hot and everything was excellent! Couldn't of found a way to improve upon it... Went twice in one week...
We had a larger group (7) and were seated towards the back of the restaurant, which was great. The service was a bit confusing, however as the waitress was taking appetizer orders from half of us, main dish orders from the rest, so the food was coming out in fits and bursts.
I ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken is cooked in a sous vide method and the waffles were savory with herbs in them. Rather than syrup, the sauce was a savory sauce that I could not even begin to describe but was not delicious at all, and my food was room temperature at best.
My daughter ordered the fish and chips, and they tasted fine. The dessert menu pricing did not match up with the pricing in the hand out menus so there was some confusion there. This is a good place if you're interested in a mediocre attempt at being different and delicious, I've given it a few chances, and really am not interested in coming back.
Real nice servers, but not attentive once the initial order was taken. We waited forever for drink refills, the opportunity to order more bites and drinks, dessert menus, and the check. Scouting missions came up empty at times because we didn't know where the servers or the manager were hanging out. Maybe that's just the deal on a slow-ish Monday night. Everything else was awesome.
Overall the cocktails were good and the beef and lamb burgers were really good. The meat was really good quality, good size and actually cooked to medium rare! My date had the Black Pearl (rum) and I had the JNF (mescal). His was very good; mine was nondescript. Mine needed a better presentation. Came in a tall glass, no decoration. Needs improvement in these times of unique cocktails. Both had a good amount of alcohol. When we arrived it took a bit long to get waited on but she was very good after the initial introduction. We had reservations at 6:15 so it was quiet enough to have a conversation. By 7:00 a party of 18-20 had arrived and the noise level naturally rose. Decently priced, very casual, kid friendly.
The food was creative and delicious. The chicory salad was delightfully refreshing and a nice counterpoint to the savory bonemarrow starter. We ordered a wide variety of starters and one entree, the duck - which was tender and juicy, to make an eclectic, fulfilling fall meal for the entire table of 4. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem and look forward to sampling their burger next time.
I've been going to Martins West for years now and it is a local fave. Whether on a date with my hubbie, dinner and cards with my kids, a drink and quiet lunch by myself, it's at the top of my list. The food is creative and the environment spirited.
The food and cocktails were great. We had the porcini croquettes, charred carrots, cauliflower fritters and shepherd pork pie. All were quite good with out of the ordinary presentations and spices. The desserts were excellent also. Will definitely go back. Service was very efficient and friendly.
Waiter had no idea what was on the menu, recommending items that weren’t there. They were then out of an item that was on the menu, after he recommeded that as well, and then charged for it anyway. The cauliflower fritters were too greasy/oily to detect any presence of cauliflower.
This place is excellent for amazing craft cocktails and appetizers. It is ideal for happy hour (4-6pm). The dinner entrees are kinds meh.
Creative menu. Great service!!! Staff is friendly and has been well-trained. They care about doing a good job.
Jacob is an excellent bartender!! Thinks outside the box.
Perfect for pre and post movies in downtown Redwood City
Always very energetic, a lot of drinks to choose from, and great food!
The food was well prepared with a different use of spices and ingredients not normally seen. The presentation was very nice and the taste/quality was wonderful. A definitely worthwhile visit which will happen again.
Service is excellent. Our waitress and other servers that assisted our table were very diligent and prepared to take care of us.
We visited Martin's West based on a review on KQED's Check Please. Unfortunately, we were greeted by a surely hostess which did not set a good tone. However, our server was very friendly and attentive. They have an interesting cocktail menu, my wife and I both were pleased with our choices. The pickled vegetables and dungenes deviled eggs were very tasty appetizers. We both had fish and chips...the batter on the fish was very light, similar to a tempura. The ambiance was nice, but nothing special. Overall, we enjoyed the food and would return if we were already in the area.
Overall, we had a nice time at Martins West. The cocktails are great, and their food is creative and fun. It's a very, very loud place, though, so not ideal for a date or intimate conversation. We were also surprised at how understaffed they were for a Friday evening. Our poor server had a large area/number of tables. She handled it well, but service was very slow.
Way too noisy! There was a table behind us with kids running around. I think in deference to safety I would think mgmt would develop the nerve to speak to the parents of these little darlings. What does it take? A tray of plates and food dumped on some child's head?
The Happy Hour menu and drinks were great. The main course was completely on point. Hadn't been here in a while, the kitchen has truly stepped their game up! Well done Martins West! Well done!