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Rosebuds of Nokomis Restaurant Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Art party of 2 had dinner at Rosebuds ordering Chicken Oscar and Lobster and rated the food poor because, "Martini was warm and the chicken oscar was sour. It was horrible" and writes on August 17, 2009, "This was a horrible experience. The Martini was served warm. The service was rushed and the Chicken Oscar had a sour taste.
Not my first time there but possibly the last."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 2
Wine List Rating: 2
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5
Times At Restaurant: 10

Kim Allen party of 5 had dinner at Rosebuds Chicken Fontana, Lobster, Prime Rib and rated the food poor because, "uninspired, generic and the service was terrible--please read for more info" and writes on June 6, 2009, "Our party of 5 went to Rosebuds for the first time to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. We anticipated a great dining experience, but we were fooled by a lovely menu. The food is sub-par, not even on the quality of Carrabba's--yet at higher prices! The sauces seem to be generic Campbell's' soup or melted Velveeta. The salads were iceberg lettuce and drenched with a choice of only 4 dressings--ranch, bleu cheese, Caesar, or raspberry vinaigrette. No Italian or oil and vinegar? Everything was heavy, uninspired, and and definitely geared to a mediocre palate.
The chicken Fontana was little pieces of chicken on top of Fontana (?) cheese and draped with at least a cup of some kind of creamy yellowish gravy. The mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat were flooded with a orange Velveeta-type cheese sauce. My broccoli was covered with orange Velveeta-type cheese sauce.
But the BIGGEST PROBLEM was when I ordered "the lobster", after the waitress had recited the nightly specials, one of which was a single Maine lobster for $16.99. The dish I received did not look like a Maine lobster, so I got the waitress's attention and told her I thought there was a mix-up. Oh no, she told me, that was a single lobster tail. I said I had not ordered a lobster tail, I had ordered a lobster. She told me that what I was looking at was a single Florida lobster tail. I explained that I live in Florida, I know what a Florida lobster tail looks like, and I had ordered a lobster--and I pointed to the diner at the table next to ours, where there was a bright red lobster. The waitress then argued that I did not order the lobster, I had ordered the lobster TAIL. [As a note, I do not care for Florida lobster tail, it is too tough]. I said, no, I had never said I wanted the tail. I waited for the waitress to pull her pad out and review my order to prove me wrong (though I knew I was right) but she didn't--instead, she once again insisted that I had said I wanted a single lobster TAIL. I told her that what I wanted was a single lobster. She THEN said "I'm sorry, but you ordered the tail" and then she walked away!!! At this point I could see my dad was upset--he had just finished listening to me discussing with my mom about how I hadn't had Maine lobster in years and years and how I was looking forward to the Maine lobster--but because I didn't want to wreck my parents' special, I just smiled and gave up trying to deal with the waitress, so I agreed to eat the lobster tail.
This was the WORST case of service I have had in a long, long time. I have been a waitress before and I know how hard the work is. I have messed up on orders--and I have had customers mess up their orders--and in all instances I have done what I could to make the situation "right". Never have I experienced the kind of service I had at Rosebuds--and this is an expensive restaurant, too!
Needless to say, we won't be eating at Rosebuds again."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 3
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 3
Kid Friendly Rating: 4
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 4

Anonymous part of 11 had dinner at Rosebuds Live Maine Lobster, Chick Marsala, Prime Rib, Brie and rated the food excellent because, "fantastic. Out of eleven people in our party everyone's food was excellent." and writes on July 7, 2007, "I had family visiting for summer vacation so we all decided to go out to eat. I wanted a place that had a varied menu, i.e., steaks, seafood, pastas etc... Eleven of us walked in. I thought we would have a long wait, but the hostess was very accommodating, and swiftly set up a table. We had a nice table by a fire place. The kids menu had great choices, even a steak option. We ordered the Brie appetizer which was very tasty, the Calamari was real and very good, and the Buffalo Shrimp Plank was excellent. We had a few Clam Chowders- thick and you can tell homemade. All of our dinners were cooked perfectly- Real Gulf Grouper! The Prime Rib was very tender, and the Live Maine Lobster was a definite hit, oh and it's nice to still have a restaurant that still includes salad with dinner! My family of eleven ran that poor waitress ragged... we can be very demanding... but she did great, efficient with no attitude... hard to find nowadays. We'll definitely be back. A very well run place."
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 2
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Kid Friendly Rating: 2
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Anonymous party of 2 had dinner at Rosebuds ordering fish and steak and rated the food excellent because, "everything was prepared just perfect from the drinks to desert." and writes on August 11, 2006, "I was pleasantly surprised once I entered Rosebuds. The atmosphere welcomed me inside to a wonderful dinning experience.
Once seated, our waiter came over to welcome us to Rosebuds and inquired to our desire for a drink. The selection was more than usual. I had a dirty Ketal One martini up with ice on the side while my wife, Diane, tried a cinnamon apple martini. Being our first time here we both ordered certain drinks and dishes to test and compare. We don't hesitate to drive hours just to try a restaurant and continue going back if we feel it's a good place to eat.
Our drinks were some of the best we had anywhere. My wife's fish not only tasted good, but it had a good aroma as it was served to her. My steak was prepared to perfection for me as I like it cooked Pittsburgh rare.
No pressure from the wait staff to hurry us through. We had a very relaxing dinner and I'm looking forward to going back again and again."
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

An anonymous writer rates the food very good because, "selection is very good; prepared properly and good portions" and writes on 10/30/03: "We like this restaurant because they take reservations, even in season, and the early bird specials are an excellent value. Service from friendly wait staff is reliable. We never felt rushed and were not invisible awaiting attention. If arriving for the early bird, we often order the prime rib or a chicken dish. Ask for the specials. Although not a gourmet's restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, most of the dishes are well-prepared and satisfying for a meal with friends. My husband's favorite is the macadamia nut encrusted grouper. The salads are mundane and a disappointment with too much dressing gobbed on them. We also don't enjoy the broccoli side dish which is huge and tastes as though smothered in salty Velveeta. Although the restaurant can be pretty noisy when full, the nice carpeting and "rosebud" touches make it feel like a "dining out" experience without too much sticker shock. Not a good place for children or privacy."

Jim Sanville writes on 4/6/2003: "We were invited to dine there by friends who had fine experiences there so we went on Valentine's Day. We were all surprised that the menu was different than our friends had experienced and much more expensive than they thought. However we stayed and had a fine dinner. Price and selection on this holiday was our only complaint."



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