Great food, below average service
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Valencia for Valentine’s Day. Which was superb. We selected Dorrego’s and they did not disappoint. Every course was a true pleaser. We started with the Shrimp and Grits appetizer that was seasoned perfectly. We both took a chance on the soup and were both nervous of having scallops in the soup. It was simply delicious. The steak was perfectly cooked and paired well with some delicious oven roasted potatoes and asparagus. The chocolate ganache cake and champaign soak strawberries finished off the evening in style.
We even met a great couple dining next to us which topped off the night.
Located near The Majestic theater. Went there prior to attending play.
Arrived at the restaurant right at 7:30 pm along with at least 3 other parties with the same reservation time. After a short wait we were seated at our table. Food was great, the ambiance of the restaurant was very chill. One thing noted was they only had two servers waiting on table, so it was a gap in between the course. We we’re also at a table near the patio door and the one waiter that was assigned to the patio left table door open every time he stepped out which let a very cold draft in the area where we were seated. When my husband asked him to please shut the door when after him his reply was “I’ll try”. Other than that we enjoyed our meal. Will return.
Our service was slow, the wine was warm, and the meat and fish were all over cooked. I think they had staffing issues the night we were there. Our waiter was friendly and described the various dishes to us. We asked for a table side cooler for our wine and they didn't have any.
Feb 9th, 6:15pm Dinner for 2 was good : Waiter was nice, prompt and knowledgeable. The Octopus was a bit over cooked. The lamb meatballs were great. The Sea-bass was average.
Feb 10th, 10:30am Breakfast for 2 was a disaster: Not crowed (maybe 4 tables being served). Waitress was in disarray, we sat 15 min before taking our beverage order, another 15 mins to bring tea and coffee, and only had enough coffee for half a cup and it was lukewarm, also forgot the water. Took another 20 mins to receive the meal and the other half of coffee and 2 glasses of water, I actually had to locate the manager to receive our meal. The manager offer very little concern (most restaurants would have offered a discount). The food (egg and bacon tacos, fruit tray and oatmeal) was good but not worth the wait.
Dorrego’s has potential but is not worth the prices charged especially considering the service provided.
It is the ideal place to go before a show. You can park your car, eat and walk to the Majestic or the Tobin.
The food is very good and a good value
Very nice argentinian cuisine among many tex-max and tourist-trap restaurants along the Riverwalk. Very good food, great service, comfortable and quiet place.
We enjoyed the Restaurant Week Menu for dinner. Service was excellent, with no water glass left unfilled. Food came out quickly and hot. Hits were the stuffed quail and gnocchi. The "lamburguesa" hamburger was also tasty. Misses were the overdressed salad and squash and ginger soup that had little squash or ginger flavor. The restaurant, recently redecorated and rebranded, should be a hit for the Hotel Valencia. Check out the pre and post theater menus, as this is next to the Majestic and Empire theaters.
The experience felt like the hotel seems obligated to have a restaurant but they are not committed to a quality product. Food was average and supposed to be Argentinian. Service was polite but inexperienced. The bar was where the energy was, not the restaurant.
The staff was wonderful, but the food was awful. We aren't picky eaters, but we sent everything back and didn't re-order. Octopus like shoe leather and served with nearly raw potatoes. The Parrillada meat that came out was not on a sizzling plate and was dry as a bone, and you could break your teeth on the chorizo in the brussels sprouts. The au gratin potatoes were also undercooked. Avoid this place at all costs.
I expected more. Food was ok but nothing special. Salad had no taste. Pasta was gummy and overloaded with sauce. Too many kids around and wasn’t really a good dinner experience. Not bad but nothing to rave about.
Our dinner reservations were on Christmas Eve 2017. This restaurant is new inside the hotel, having been formerly called Citrus with a completely different menu prior to a recent hotel renovation within the last year. Dorrego‘s is themed Argentinian and the food was very good. Given that Argentines love their meat, we were expecting the menu to be heavily meat based, but to our pleasant surprise it was a well-balanced menu. We ordered a bottle of champagne and the manager came out and did the presentation. They also accommodated me with some gluten free bread. Our food order did take an unusually long time and when it did arrive, the duck I ordered was cold. I did send it back to be reheated and when it was delivered the second time, it was still cold. The server handled the situation very well offering to have my plate remade, but considering how long it took to get our food, I felt like that would be a complete interruption to the flow our meal, as my boyfriend would have been eating without me or letting his food get cold in the process of waiting on mine, so I accepted the plate as it was. The manager did come by and inquire offering a complimentary dessert, neither of us were able to oblige being so full. Overall, the food was good (in spite of the duck snafu) as the shrimp dish my boyfriend ordered was good, as were all the sides we ordered, the street corn being the best among them, topped with cotija cheese. The Hotel Valencia is absolutely beautiful and the ambiance of the restaurant was well done.
Great food and service. The space itself is beautiful. Can't recommend enough!
My wife and I really enjoyed the food. We had a few really good unique cocktails too. I ordered an additional cocktail 1/4 of the way through the meal. By the time we finished the meal (20 minutes after I ordered the cocktail) I was still waiting for the cocktail. After telling the waiter that I no longer wanted the cocktail, he and the manager were very apologetic and reasonable. We told them we loved the food but the fact that the 2nd cocktail never showed up was unacceptable. We will come back.
For my birthday! Great food, nice atmosphere!
Bread before and during dinner was burnt. First drink choice was unavailable, and the second one (both bottled drinks) took until appetizer to get. Bar and dining areas were small and not full to capacity (on a Saturday evening), so the wait was beyond puzzling. Waiter delivered and collected food/drinks as if unsure of how to properly handle. Portions were in between single and family-size so ordering is challenging. Prawn dish was flavorless. Short rib ravioli was over cooked/dried out and tasted like sausage. Asparagus tasted as if Twang had been sprinkled on after. Disappointing cuisine experience for what should have been finer dining.
The kitchen was super slow however the waiter tried his best to compensate for it. The food was average and therefore too expensive for was it was. The fillet was good!
We waited 10 minutes for water, ten more for bread. Two waiters thought they were our waiter and appeared to be stoned. The giggled a lot. Food is good. Just a need for a manager.
The Sunday lunch menu is very limited but the food we got was very good as was the service.
The food was okay but not worth the cost. Wine was very over priced. For what we paid for dinner for 4, I expect much better food and service than we experienced. We won't go back and I won't recommend this restaurant to others.
Great food and service! We sat outside in a comfortable setting with good weather.
Enjoyed the restaurant very much. We dined on the patio which was pleasant and had pretty views. The food was delicious. The prawns were nicely done and tasty. The short rib ravioli is interesting and heavy and delicious all at the same time. We didn't care for the potato sides. It would have been nice to have a few more side options that were not so starchy. The waiter was polite - seemed new and nervous- and not as outgoing as we'd have liked. Overall I would recommend. I will be going back again.
My friend and I tried Dorrego's before seeing a musical at the Majestic Theater, just a half-block away. Overall, the food was inventive and pretty good, but not memorable. The Branzino was a whole fish with delicious seasoning sliced in half (with very few bones) that was easily enough for two. The hearts of palm salad, asparagus, and baked potato side dishes were fairly pedestrian, but the grilled street corn was fabulous. When we had questions about wine choices, our waiter very graciously brought out samples for us to try. The decor is tasteful and the atmosphere was thankfully on the quiet side, which is great for conversation. It was a bit too warm to dine outside, but the outdoor patio looked divine.
Very enjoyable. Service wonderful! Good meal. However, limited menu. Fantastic restaurant for pre-Majestic Theatre. So convenient.
Went with a group of friends and really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
Just ok. Service tried really hard but it lacks in everything to be a great meal. Food is ok, selection is underwhelming, ambiance is nice. Noting more.
The staff were very professional and attentive. We took advantage of the $35 restaurant week menu. We ordered two drinks Nostalgia (whiskey cocktail ) and My wife had the mango habanero gin cocktail both were excellent. The salad was very good, my had Shrimp and Grits and I had wyhgu steak kabob. The dessert for me rice pudding brûlée and My wife house made sorbet. All of the courses were superb. This was our first time and will not be our last. It was a delightful experience.
Birthday celebration for a friend who was excited to try this new restaurant. We waited an extremely long time between our first course and main dish. Then when the food arrived the portion was tiny. Disappointed.
Went for restaurant week. They had a rice pudding brulee that NEEDS to be on their regular menu. Absolutely delicious. Watermelon gazpacho was a refreshing appetizer. Only down side is the drink service was a bit slow for pairing with the courses.
Beautiful restaurant inside and on the patio. Too far above the river to receive decent breeze in summer. Pidgeons are brazen and annoying. Menu is limited. I had the short rib ravioli. It was decent but on the bland side...way too much sauce. Food is beautifully presented and wait staff is stellar.
The restaurant was well designed. The staff appeared to be very kind people, who were significantly under trained. The food is OK. But, the menu is very limited. Cocktails were not well selected or well made. Not one to try again.
Had a great anniversary dinner with our 8 year old in tow. Food was delicious and we had great service up until someone forgot to put in the desert order. Thankfully we were staying at the hotel so I could take our restless kid back while my husband waited 30 minutes for the desert. It was yummy too, but very small portions for that long of a wait.
Honestly, one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. I believe we might have been Michael's first table he's ever waited on. He didn't have any knowledge of the menu. I expected to be wowed and you guys missed the mark.
I ordered the ravioli dish and it appeared to be smothered in a watery tomato sauce to cover the fact that they were not holding together. Thumbs down on appearance, concept, and most of all flavor. The potato wedges were bulky and way over cooked.
The fried chicken breast was tasty. As was the grilled chicken salad.
For what you are trying to accomplish, you need a trained wait staff because we knew exactly what we were getting as soon as he stepped to the table. He was a polite kid who was in over his head!
The new decor and remodel is beautiful. Great job overall with the space. It seems like they may still be working on service. There were two waiters for 6 tables, so not overly busy, but our waiter seemed frazzled and forgetful. He did not check on the meal, did not refill waters and forgot to bring condiments when asked. We had the grilled meat platter, which was average, nothing that would bring me back. Perhaps some of the other menu items would have been better. In summary, I miss Citrus.
Always a great experience at Citrus, but unfortunately, we arrived on the evening of the river parade and lighting. Valet parking was not validated, which while only $7, was quite annoying when one considers the difficulty of even getting to the restaurant on that evening. If you can manage to valet on most other evenings, Citrus is a great venue.
Wanted to sit outside as it is highlighted as a fantastic river walk restaurant. Outside was closed for a private event...no signs, no mentions till we had invested money to take a uber there. Perfect....seating is not private, in any way. Almost on top of other guests. Compare to seating at a buffet. Open and super close. Good looked and sounded amazing. Wine was marked up 400-500%. Frogs Prince Cab $13 a glass. Yea right.
Good but not great. they have had some turnover in chefs and they haven't figured out how to distinguish themselves in a city with many spectacular venues.