Spokane >Catacombs Pub
Not as goog as before.
The first several times we went for happy hour at the catacombs, we were very happy with the service and they had excellent appetizer prices. We would get the $5.00 pizza and it would feed both of us. Then we didn't go for several months. This last time we went the prices had shot up and the quality dropped to fair. Tasty still, but not for the price.
The atmosphere remains charming and warm, however I don't think we'll be going back.
A star for the wait staff, but the food reveals several misses and few hhits..
My wife and I have dinner for her birthday last Saturday (2/28).
The interior of Catacombs is very Goth and cool, dungeonesque, so we are anticipating a unique and fun dining experience... There was a screw up from the hotel who told us not to make a reservation when we clearly needed one. The hostess and waitress were both excellent and completely took care of us, which is why the review gets 2 stars instead of one.
The food was hhit and miss. I had the Hungarian goulash which was barely palatable, and this is coming from a person who has had hungarian goulash in Hungary. The goulash is suppposed to be a beef thing, not big chunks of carrots and potato with a few scant pieces of beef mixed in. It appeared to be something like, they make a roast with carrots and potatos and etc... then, depending on the dish, throw spices on it and call it something different. Paprika makes it Hungarian, a bottle of guinness makes it Irish stew, etc... All you could taste was the paprika, so it was like a strong bitter dirt flavor over carrots and potatos. Good food is all about balance!
My wife has the garlic pizza with pesto sauce. She thinks this pizza would be fine as an appetizer, but not as a meal. Once again the spice/herb was overpowering and not balanced. I tried a bite and, well, my opinion is probably skewed because I don't believe pesto belongs on pizza, but it was very strong. 2 couples sitting beside us sent back 2 pizzas because they were burned so badly. The wood fired oven is supposed to give a little burn and that gives a little character, but these pizzas were the Bill Shatners of character.
My wife orders apple crisp and I order the cast iron cookie. The apple crisp was literally sliced apples with granola thrown on top. It was not cooked, no caramel, no brown sugar, etc, She sent it back. My cast iron cookie was one of the best deserts I have ever had, and a big hhit in my book. The Catacombs pub needs to lessen the misses and increase the hhits.
Worst service in Spokane. To echo the other reviews, the service was just awful. Thankfully, there were only 5 in our party, so we didn't need to leave the 20% as did the table behind us. It took close to an hour to get our appetizer, which was cold. We saw our waitress maybe three times in the entire 2 hours it took to have dinner - the first about a half-hour after we were seated to take our order, the second to deliver our food, and the third to respond to the complaint we voiced to another server. The restaurant wasn't busy at the time - there were plenty of open tables. The food itself was so-so; nowhere near to negating the wait or the service. With so many other options in Spokane, no one in my group will be returning or recommending this establishment.
Food is 5 stars, but service is 1.
Bottom line: It's a shame that such a beautifully appointed restaurant that serves such excellent brick oven pizza should have such excerable service. The 6 people in my party agreed that the service cancelled out our enjoyment of the food & we won't be back. Well, maybe if they offer take out.
Food: The brick oven pizzas were all fantastic; we tried 3 with the rosemary white sauce with garlic and roast chicken as the highlight. The entrees we tried were also very flavorful and perfectly cooked - meatloaf & a hungarian dish. The dinner salad was a pass - basically a bagged salad with some stuff added. Avoid the chocolate calzone - the shell was so overdone that we had trouble cutting it even with a knife.
Atmosphere: great - very chic & European, but warm - lots of wood and stone- with flagstone floors & tapestries on the walls.
Service: the worst I've EVER experienced & I travel and eat out often. No one greeted us when we came in- we weren't even sure we were in the right place. We had to flag down 2 people before we were acknowledged and seated. Once the server took our orders, she disappeared, which was odd as the place wasn't busy at the time. I actually had to leave my seat and go find someone at the bar to get our water carafe refilled!!! Simple deserts took over 30 min. to bring to the table with no apology or explanation from the server. There were 6 of us so a 20% gratuity was automatically added to our bill - perhaps that's why the server was so neglectful? I would not have tipped her at ALL otherwise - she was that bad!
I wasn't impressed at all. The atmosphere was pleasant but the service was slow and unfriendly. I got the impression that they do not want college-age customers. For the price it wasn't a good value. I expected at least some bread on the table but there was none. The food itself wasn't very impressive either and the dinners had no side dishes. There are good places to go for a nice meal and this isn't one of them.
Catacombs is a must see!. I stumbled across this pub during a walk and was immediately drawn into it by the name and a long but inviting downward stairway that lead into (what appeared to be) a very clean and well-polished dungeun. As soon as I reached the bottom of the stairs I was greeted by the glow of lights and even a fireplace. It was earthy, with quarry rock walls and old brick; yet warm and cozy with huge chandeliers mounted to large wooden beams high above and new hardwood flooring at your feet. All it needed were flaming torches mounted to the walls. The menu selection seemed somewhat limited though all sounded tasty. 'Old-world' dinner entrees and brick-oven pizzas are the norm. I found myself enjoying the surroundings as much as I did the Hungarian Goulash and bread. It was obvious that everyone else there enjoyed the atmosphere too!
definitely worth a visit. The ambience is really what makes this place special. It's a kind of classy casual experience that's a nice place to share a civil time with friends. The food is good and there are many interesting menu items. The history of the pub is intersting, and the cozy environment is accented by medieval-esque decor. This is a nice place to go.
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