I finally had the opportunity to eat at Oregano Bar & Bistro on Johnson Avenue. I tried a variety of entrees and a cheese plate paired with a nice Pinot. You can customize you cheese plate with a selection of cured meats. There is a raw seafood selection, froi gras and pricey caviar.
The food is well-prepared with portion sizes that allow for multi-course dining. It is high-quality cuisine.
The service which has been a well-publicized issue continues to lack attentiveness and culinary expertise. The wait staff is ill-prepared to answer questions about entrees and one wait staff didn’t know what ales were on tap.
Wait time between courses is noticiable and there were only a handful of patrons in the vacuous restaurant.
At times, wait staff leaned on the bar and socialized with each other. The music was loud and did not compliment the decor and philosophy of the restaurant. “Heat of the Moment” by 80s band Asia doesn’t evoke Parisian life by the Seine. A soccer match on the TV looks like an attempt to maximize a bar crowd and revenue. These are management issues that need to be addressed in order for Oregano to justify its prices and become the top-notch eatery it was touted to be.
Great food, poor service. Not a bad thing considering if it was reversed – poor food, great service.