Polpo - Avalon
Food was very good but all were $5 more than the other 3 restaurants they own for the same preparation. Service was excellent and the setting was more elegant.
Pasta is very mundane and over priced.
Service and is average.
This was the best experience we have had at Polpo since it opened. The reservation was honored on time. As always food was very good. The seafood Risotto was excellent. Very large portion. Spinach salad was good but not as good as in the past. Companion had the octopus and loved it. This time, unlike all prior times, service was rushed. Our appetizers came immediately. Unfortunately the entrees came before all were finished with the appetizers.
We ate outside and the service and food were great. We have been to his restaurant several times and it is always a great meal. We will be back.
Outstanding service. Food was excellent
I have been to polpo three times. The food has been really tasty each time! Unfortunately, the service has been rather poor each time as well. It just seems like this restaurant is still attempting to establish a routine, even though they have been open for over a year. Servers seem extremely frazzled. Water glasses are not refilled. Bread baskets are not delivered. Specials for the night are not read unless requested. Silverware not delivered with food. There also are not enough bathrooms for the number of customers, and the noise level is pretty high. But the food is so good, I keep coming back.
Food was delicious and service was very good
Will definitely go back
When the restaurant opened the service, food, and atmosphere were wonderful. Since that time, they have added many more tables and squeeze in as many patrons as possible. You are truly inches from the table next to you. The service is quick when you arrive however if you need bread or water refills, it is difficult to flag someone down to replenish. The food is very good however it is not a great experience.
Good food, good service, interesting menu!
The food was good the service was horrible. Really, really bad. Our food took 45 minutes to come out. Our server was not available through most of the night. When asked the timing/status of our order the server indicated..."well you didn't order any appetizers so the wait will be longer as you sit through what normally would be appetizers being served." A smart guy thinking he would BS a customer and be done with it. I saw several frustrated folks experiencing the same horrible service. The timing was early September not the peak season.
HORRID!! Cancelled my reservation through Resy even though I used Open Table. When I arrived and confronted them, the basically told me it was my problem. This is the 3rd negative experience in 4 months and we will not try again. If you are looking for classic old school Italian, there is a great option a few blocks away that treats customers with dignity and respect.
the food was very good and the service was excellent. I recommend outside seating because inside is very noisy.
Polpo is a wonderful and much needed restaurant addition to Avalon. And it's open all year which is even better. Great food, great servers. We love it.
Food was fantastic! The Gnocchi Carbonara was amazing!
Extremely disappointed. To start I got Steamed clams which say white wine and garlic and came in congealed butter. 10 clams 13 shells. I just told them I didn’t want it. They did offer to make it again but I declined. My wife got the shrimp with cannelloni beans. Which was good. We got lasagne for dinner. The sauce was hot but the lasagne was room temperature. It was like the they dump
hot sauce over a slice of lasagne. Lasagne noodle itself was doughy.
Not sure why we got tiramisu but we did. It had good flavor but lady fingers were dry and weren’t soaked in espresso. Overall might be the worst dinner we had all summer at the beach. Our reservation was at 9:15pm. Place was fairly crowded but most folks had food already.
Amazing food, atmosphere and all around great experience. Can’t wait to go back. Our waiter was ok. He definitely got better by the end.
We have given polpo 3 chances and will not be giving them a fourth chance. They were overbooked, the staff are poorly trained therefore service was horrible, we had a reservation but didn't seat us till 20 minutes after that time, once we were seated it was over an hour until someone came with water bread and napkins, and the noise level is very high making it hard to hear friends.
Our favorite place to go in Avalon. Food & service are consistently very good. Prefer to sit outside when weather permits!
Most of the food was great, specials a little pricey ($41) and caprese salad did not use Jersey tomatoes, a slight disappointment.
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Great place! Very busy but great food and great service! Happy to go again and again.
The food was absolutely delicious! First time there, would definitely go back again.
The food and service were excellent. The inside was very loud.
Angel hair w/ lump crab in light marinara was outstanding!!
Ate outside which was fine BUT the black flies were horrible ~ get citronella candles going ASAP !!
Delicious food with great service. The restaurant is very noisy inside, outdoor tables are much better.
We were seated immediately. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I had the special - ravioli with shrimp and crab. Both shrimp and crab were plenty on the plate. Entire meal was delicious.
We have been dining at polpo for 2 summer in a row.Food is always excellent and service great.Samuel,our waiter was amazing.will be back
The food was excellent and the staff was great.
Food always good and consistent. Sat outside and the noise level was not bad.
Great meal & better than expected. It was super busy but our server was attentive and answered all of our questions. The salads are shareable, octopus was great. All of our pasta entrees were awesome. I recommend requesting to sit outside as the ambience is way better in my opinion. Will be back !
I am gonna say that I was really happy with the service and the food. The servers paid a lot of attention to me while also not being over my head. The lamb chops dish was really delicious and was cooked to my liking. Compliments to the chef and will definitely return again hopefully with some company.
Not the first impression I was hoping for. Wife ordered scampi sauce and when the meal came out with a blush sauce I questioned it. I said I never had scampi sauce that was red. The waiter said then you never dined in every part of Italy! I said ok! When the bill came I gave the waiter my credit card! When he returned it was almost 20.00 higher. When I questioned it, he said I forgot to charge you for your dessert. I thought it would have been nice if he would have said something! Strange first experience!
We went early at 5:15. Service was good and food was excellent. Big portions, nice presentation and excellent quality!
Definitely will go again, even though it’s a little pricey.
The food was delicious, a very warm atmosphere, and terrific service.
The food is amazing and they make you feel like family.
The food was very good, and the employees were all great and friendly, even on their very busy night.
NICE FIRST IMPRESSION FOOD SERVICE SUPERB
Food was excellent. My friend & I started with the salad special which was delicious. We then shared both the mushroom risotto & veal piccata. The only negative I can say about the food is it would be better if they split both entrees in the back before presenting them to us. The risotto tends to be on the drier side, but whoever ends up with the veal piccata dish has the benefit of the sauce from the piccata. In my case, I had the risotto dish & the piccata was placed on the dish with none of the sauce. Therefore, my risotto was not as moist as the person who had the piccata sauce to blend in with the risotto. Noise level is very high so it’s not a place I would go if I wanted a lovely, quiet, romantic dinner.
This restaurant has some nice options at reasonable prices. The place is very busy as it is one of the best in Avalon. I feel that a lot of the dishes were under seasoned so we needed more dressing and salt and pepper. The server did check on us but we waited a long time for entrees after first course. It was good but not great.
The only negative it I would not take away any points, I wish I knew it was BYOB. Other than that everything was perfect