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318 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
at Havemeyer St.
By joyva76 on 1/23/2011
It's a warm cozy place but the food is average (at best) and the service is certainly sub-par. We went for brunch and dealt with what seemed like a disgruntled bartender (perhaps she was having a bad day) and meals that were so so. My egg sandwich was standard (bun a bit stale) and bacon way overcooked. It's too bad when the sweet potato fries side are the highlight of a meal!
By little_edie on 8/20/2010
because it's so close to my house, i gave this place a lot of chances and this is what i received in return: 1. my name inexplicably disappearing off of the "to be seated" list 2. salad so overdressed it was inedible 3. cold steak 4. raw soup. yes, there were crunchy lentils and uncooked vegetables in the soup. 5. a cup of tea that employed water so tepid it couldn't get enough energy together to steep a damn teabag. 6. a bartender who sighed heavily and rolled his eyes when i ordered a bloody mary while waiting for a table for brunch. to be fair, every time i pointed out these shortcomings the staff was apologetic and very, very accommodating. still, quality control is their job, not mine.
By jackhorner on 11/4/2009
Cute restaurant and wait staff but AVOID THIS PLACE! The food is repulsive. Onion rings that have a nutmeg in the batter and served with a huge bowl of mayo w/blue cheese chunks. Hands down the most disgusting food I have ever had. Like giant onion donuts sprinkled with nutmeg. There was a charred trout that tasted like licking a dirty outdoor grill. It arrived at the table black as coal and had a terrible after taste. There was a mushy bland chicken smothered in mushroom sauce. A pungent beet salad with salmon that tasted like a salt lick. It was a memorable meal because it was so terrible. Cute bar but I couldn't go back after the catastrophe of a meal.
By FaulknerIdontEvenKnowHer on 10/23/2009
I don't know what the rest of these people are talking about--Lodge is wonderful! The food is really solid American fare--most ingredients are locally grown and the restaurant buys them from Urban Rustic (local grocery shop/restaurant in Billyburg). Not to mention the atmosphere is so cozy and original. It really does take you back to summer camp (GO KENNOLYN and JEFF LAKES!!) The service can be relaxed--but that's just it, relaxed, not bad. When I went with my friends and the servers knew we were catching up on gossip, life, love, etc., they let us alone and didn't pressure us to leave. But they still brought the food in a reasonable amount of time and always kept the drinks flowing. Finally, the prices are soooo right at this little rustic gem! Two for one drink specials also ease the strain on the purse strings. Basically, I will continue to go back to lodge over and over again!
By ginakay on 9/7/2009
I have been a few times now. The food is ho hum but the service is terrible.
By dunham on 7/27/2008
The first time I went to Lodge, the food was good and I enjoyed the atmosphere but the service was bad. Each visit after my first, the food got progressively worse and culminated in my being served the worst waffle that I have ever tasted at a restaurant. Also, the bartender made me and my friends awful tasting drinks. The service is very hit or miss and the clientele is fairly annoying. I will not be returning.
All american lodge meets williamsburg
By jcarlos0076 on 3/28/2008
it was good
loved it since 2006
By mariaoliver on 10/17/2007
I moved into the neighborhood in early 2006 and met one of my current best girl friends while eating at the bar. Since then it has remained a very comfortable meeting grounds for all my friends. I feel that the food has increased in quality in the past year. With 3 new cooks joining the team, I have enjoyed the daily specials. there's always something for everyone. I was a vegetarian for a long time and also enjoy dairy free foods, and they have an option for those diets as well. Kids are welcome, some of my friends have kids and feel comfortable taking them there.
Best Brunch in town
By nicebliss13 on 12/16/2006
Great brunch and super kid friendly. Love to meet friends and have a meal or just cocktails. Lodge has made its mark on the neighborhood...Like it or not!
Totally disagree w/TC's review
By lala_c on 11/5/2005
The atmosphere at Lodge is hip - true. TCooper's review states that this is worth the trip into Brooklyn. I live around the corner from Lodge so have been there a few times. The food is NOT worth the trip. Go for drinks in the stageset room, but don't bother with the fried chicken. I know chicken and this ain't it. Bland overcooked crust encases a bland piece of poultry. The chicken n'dumplings was also a mess of bland chicken, soggy dough, and weak broth. The fritters could've been tasty (though not cheezy enough) if not for the oil. Service is also hit and miss depending on who you get. The burgers are decent enough, but again NOT worth the schlep when I'm sure your nabe also has decent late night grub. Again, great place to meet friends for drinks, but go somewhere else for food.
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