Not what it used to be:(
Since we hadn't been in a while, we decided to celebrate our father's birthday here. We were seated on the inside patio, which was lovely and quiet. The first thing we all noticed was how informal the table was--not cloth, only placemats. It was a teak patio furniture table. Really? At The Mansion? Maybe for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, but absolutely not for dinner. For a restaurant the caliber of The Mansion, that seemed a little casual to us. Then the server forgot to change my mother's appetizer order, and we had to wait an additional ten minutes for them to bring her the right food while we all sat and looked at ours. Dinner was good, not great. I live in Southern CA, so maybe my expectations are just too high. The worst part was trying to get our car. When we checked in, they took our name instead of giving us a claim check. We told them our name and the type of vehicle, and they brought us someone else's car! Meanwhile, they'd brought this little old couple their car (a high-end SUV) and the lady got in. Because she was so small she couldn't reach the door. I ran over (in 4 inch heels) to close it so she wouldn't topple out. There were 4 attendants there and not a one in sight to help them into their car. Not good. At any rate, after watching 4 other couples get their vehicles we finally got ours. The atomosphere is lovely, but the service seems to be lacking for the reputation. This place is an institution, a landmark. It should strive a little harder to live up to it.
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