Karoun Restaurant is one of the few dining and entertainment destinations located in and around Boston. The restaurant primarily serves delicious ... More
Karoun Restaurant is one of the few dining and entertainment destinations located in and around Boston. The restaurant primarily serves delicious Middle Eastern fare however it also has a few dishes borrowed from the Armenian, Mediterranean and other Eastern Cuisines. A good list of wines and other alcoholic drinks are served at the bar which are worth a try. Also every Fridays and Saturdays the restaurant features live music and belly dancing.
WE GOT THERE WHILE THE BELLY DANCER WAS PERFORMING HER DANCE AND THE ATMOSPHERE WAS PRETTY EXOTIC....THE HUMMUS WASN'T THE BEST ONE I EVER HAD, BUT THE LAMB DISHES WERE TASTY. WITH 2 DRINKS PER PERSON, THE BILL FOR 2 PEOPLE WAS OVER $100.....THE FOOD AND THE ENTERTAINMENT WERE GOOD OVERALL, BUT THE SERVICE WAS PRETTY BAD....
Karoun is an Armenian owned family restaurant large enough to serve a
birthday party banquet.
I haven't tried all the items on the menu, but those that I have can be
characterized as mediocre or worse. Such a 'must' for Mediterranean cuisine
as humus is far worse that can be purchased in a store like Costco.
Wine selection was in sync with food.
Belly dancers perform live on Friday and Saturday starting at 9:30 pm.
Shows are followed by tip collecting by performers that some people may find
offensive. I personally feel tip collecting is more appropriate for street
performances rather than for family style restaurants.
There is no cover charge for entertainment.
Belly dancing performance is followed by live dancing that includes French
songs from the 60s performed by the owner who apparently has no formal
singing training accompanied by 2 musicians. Group plays disco style music
that mostly includes hustle, rumba and also Armenian folk music.
Service was not great from the beginning, but what happened after we got our
bill is worth mentioning. I was there with a party of six people. We came
late (in the middle of belly dance) and were not really hungry, so we
ordered wine, appetizers, one main course and a dessert platter. Our order
total was approximately $80. We got a bill that only indicated the total of
$126 and were asked to pay. After the bill was paid in full I asked the
waitress to explain where this amount had come from but the only explanation
I got from her - was that this amount was recommended by the owner and there
was some kind of minimum charge per person (which was not mentioned at time
we placed the order).
I was curious to find out how total was calculated (mostly because we wanted
to know how to split the moneys among the group member) and called the owner
Here came the real surprise came: On my polite request to explain how the
total was calculated and a request to provide an itemized bill for services,
the owner in a very high-pitched and irritated voice lectured me that the
entertainment provided was not free. We tried desperately to clear up any
possible confusion and to understand why he was so angry in the first place.
However he became more and more angry, finally demanding that we leave
immediately and never come back again. This kind of horrific treatment of
customers was unexpected to say the least and I want this review to act as a
warning for potential customers.
I used to live across the street from this place, great great food and wonderful ambiance, especially with a 3 man band they have on certain nights. On all 3-4 occassions, however, the service ranged from horrible to decent.
Overall, the food makes up for the service, would still recommend.
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