First of all the 5-stars are for the awesome food.
On the weekends, my fiance and I usually frequent this restaurant for lunch. However, we decided to take his parents there for dinner on a Saturday night around 6:30pm. The entry area was packed with people waiting but there were more than just a few empty tables; when I asked the hostess how long was the wait she said about 45 minutes. We could deal with that since the food is amazing and the service has always been good. But when I asked why there were so many empty tables she snapped at me and said that they were out of SILVERWARE! Ummm, ok. I would never tell my prospective patrons that I was out of silverware. Nonetheless, we decided to have cocktails and wait the 45 minutes. I asked the hostess (mistake) if it was ok to wait in the bar area since we were having cocktails and she said that they were going to be seating the bar tables, so...no. As my fiance and his father brought over our drinks, we perched them on a wall adjacent to the bar. Well, I felt really silly looking over the wall into a half-full bar while sipping my cosmopolitan so I made a beeline to an empty high-top and signaled my 60-something future in-laws and my fiance over to join me. Ultimately, no one came over to ask us to move but the hostess came by and gave us the stink eye and I smiled. We were seated avout 15 minutes after that.
So, to the staff at Apollonia: Your food is awesome but the customer service skills need some polishing. Oh yes, hope you bought some additional silverware and extra plates for the ones that I may throw next time I have too much ouzo and decide to finish with a loud OPAH!
This Greek restaurant, with the new name Apollonia, is one of my new favorite restaurants in San Diego. The atmosphere is wonderful, nice and cozy inside or out, and the service was awesome. If you are looking for a real authentic Greek bistro in the area where the food is awesome, and the cost is very fair, this is the place to go. My favorites are the sampling platters because you get a little of everything, and all of it is soooo good.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at the restaurant, although my specific entree was not very good.
But they overcharged my credit card!! I have called a couple times, and it is turning into quite a hassle. I will never eat there again, that is for sure!
the food was good, but the service was not that great. either that or our waiter was just having a bad day. He wasn't helpful or friendly. and our food took a really long time to come out even tho they were not that busy.
i can't believe as a middle easterner that i finally found a place here in san diego comparable to the quality of food at home! i always find too many different things i want on the menue so i end up ordering a bunch of sides of all the delishes stuff i want so that i can eat everything and it's still affordable! A MUST!
I have been going to Aesop's Tables for a long time 10+ years and it was always a worthwhile trip. After my last dinner I will try it again - hoping that the new management can get it together otherwise I would not go back. The service was still good, with many of the same faces but the menu was a disapointment, many of our favorites gone, and what we did order was just average. I used to recommend Aesop's tables to everyone, now I can't do that. It is at best average so why bother when there are so many places that are above average.
They definitely had a management change! Aesops used to be good for excellent food, now the food is just average. The tea is that fake stuff that comes from a dispenser (that's right, the tea is no longer brewed, yuck!) and the hummus is watered down. I get the idea that the new owner is trying to increase the bottom line at the expense of what Aesops was known for, good food. Personally, when I want average Greek food, I just go to Daphnes, it's cheaper.
It took awhile for the owner change transition to smooth out. The food is still good. Not sure about the pricing anymore because while entree prices have dropped, the salads and soups are now offered at an additional cost. The saganaki is still amazing and the staff hasn't changed.
I think there may have been a management change. I used to love this place and it was one of my favorite places to go for Greek food. It has always had a great atmosphere and excellent service. My husband recently picked up a take out order and discovered that the management and menu had changed. I am sad to report that the quality of the food was not good. Also, I don't feel it was a very good value for what we got.
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