I've never written an online restaurant review before but my last experience at T-Rex, just two days ago, compels me. In general I like this place OK; however, detractions drive me to designate this place as a bottom of the list destination for food and drink. It's the service. Frankly, it sucks. I've gone in there several times and just been ignored, or had ambivalent or snotty servers. The other day I went in at 3:30 p.m. Decided to treat myself to a pint of Racer 5 IPA and some oysters after a long week. The place was full of servers and not anywhere near full. I smiled and try to make eye contact with a number of people who just whizzed by me. Finally, someone came by and asked me if I'd been helped. This is absolutely not the first time that I've had to crane my neck around to look for someone to take my order. They make good food and their bar selection is both expansive and impressive. The ambiance is good- open, airy, lot's of light. The Monday through Friday Happy Hour is good- they have good eats that are very reasonable, such as great local oysters for only $1 each and $3 pints of top end micro brew. However, their food is otherwise crazy expensive, even though the portions are healthy. T-Rex can be a really comfortable place to hang out and enjoy some incredibly overpriced food served by ambivalent or snotty people. For casual dinning I recommend Picante (great fresh Mexican fare)on 6th street and Gilman, right around the corner from T-Rex, or Lanesplitter (pizza and pub)on Unveristy and San Pablo for good food and beer, which is consistently delivered with good service and even better- good attitude.
I guess the owners of this place own a couple of other places that have been successful. Well, I'm not sure if this place is successful, but based on the food the night I was there, it should flop. The burger was dry and the brisket was super dry. The drinks were good. I had beer. Can't screw that up. I didn't have any mixed drinks, but I'll assume that these are things that can't be messed up. So needless to say, it was overpriced for the quality of food that we received. Beyond the food, I would like to say that the service was great. Unfortunately, it was not enough to make up for the food.
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