Way better places in the cities than this one.... Their quality of food was trash... and paying 14 dollars for 5 small raviolis was ridiculous. Also, someone brought the birthday cake, and they charged a 2 dollar cake plate fee… It’s dinkytown…. Not downtown. Ohh then if we wanted to stay there after 10, we had to pay a 10 dollar cover… even though with the amount of people we had our tab had to have hit over a grand…. NEVER again
Wont go again unless I get a gift certificate. Wow where do I start, love the atmosphere but the service and food were terrible, we ordered our drinks and appetizer first, three minutes later literally the appetizer came to our table luke warm, drinks came five minutes after that and ordered our entree, 6 minutes later the entree came out, so in 20 minutes we were served our entire meal. The food was really salty and our table wobbled so bad it was hard to eat off the plates without worrying about spilling our drinks. The live music was great!!! However not enough to make up for a very poor experience. The only suggestion I would make is if you want pasta go somewhere else or make it your self because you can probably make it just as well if not better.
2nd Trip-Ambiance great-but food sub-par. The seafood pasta is salt, salt ,salt. There are miniscule amounts of pasta. Please, you have a great spot, now tone down the salt and up the subtlies of flavor and, yes, some pasta in the pasta dish would be a bonus. We loved how the unbeieveable Brazilian music, almost seamlessly transformed into a salsa fiesta.
Ambience great, but food needs tweaking.
One of ordered the orza and another ordered the pasta. The Orza had a nice prestentation, but was what some restaurants would call a "small" plate. Not a good value.
The seafood pasta lacked....well it lacked PASTA, at least enough of it to call it a pasta dish. The seafood was hard to find, and the sauce could have used a more distinctive flavor.
The server was GREAT! Everyone was very friendly and I would recommend this restaurant with the caveats mentioned.
If you love Salsa dancing,then this is the place with the best DJ in town.
In response to the johnbilski fan of Loring Pasta Bar. After waiting for 20 minutes for them to bus a table on a "Monday" night, and then another 20 minutes before we were even noticed or actually, before we got up ourselves and went back to the host stand...you call that service? This was our second attempt to enjoy this place after hearing so much about it. Both times...we never even got a meal. And yes, the staff does have a problem, but you must be a regular or you might even work there in order to write such a great review about this place. When three different waiters walk past you on the patio and stare you straight in the face, and you know this is one of their sections, you know you have a problem. The staff is not "wise", just a bunch of ignorant young people who were probably hired by the same standards Abercrombie and Fitch hire their staff. I cannot of course, comment on the food, because I have never had the satisfaction of even trying it. ( special note-one star is obligatory, there's no option for "none")
Sunday Brunch. I came for Sunday hoping for some nice lunch only to find them serving brunch. It was like eating at Old Country Buffet and they charged $15 per person!
A group of us (9) went to Loring for NYE with high expectations. The music was great, the setting was gorgeous, and the staff seemed cool and friendly. Our waitress was really nice, although slightly slow on service. It was NYE, after all, so some leniency was to be made.
We order and waited. Then waited. And waited some more. Between ordering and the actual arrival of the food, it was probably and hour and a half. Good thing we had the complimentary bread, otherwise we would have starved.
Two out of the nine were satisfied with their meal; the rest of us were not. Last time I checked, a 22% satisfaction rate is not acceptable. For the rest of us, our food was cold, the meat was chewy, and the pasta was brittle. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be served cooked, not raw. One of my friends received what looked like a prison shank rather than a steak knife...the handle piece was completely burnt and not usable.
Of course we complained; most of us didn't finish our food! For my 6'2'', 200lb boyfriend to not finish his meal is probably the 7th wonder of the world. What did they do? They gave the standard college student discount, whatever meager amount it totaled I don't know. (30% on alcohol, says my better half).
At the end of the night, our waitress couldn't manage to split our bill evenly. After three hours wasted, empty stomachs, a $80 ticket, and a group of very irate people, none of us will ever venture there again.
You Get Out Of Something What You Put Into It. Let's face it...the staff don't have a problem; you probably do. You come in from the 'burbs in your Hummer and expect some type of Oceanaire experience. The Pasta Bar isn't that place. I've never had a bad experience there. Of course, I tip well. Do you? The Loring is what it is. The bar is comfortable, the people watching great, the bread spectacular, and the staff is wise. These reviews seem to not tell the whole story - I would guess the "food send-backs" were largely questionable and maybe your rudeness offended the server from the get go. You don't dictate the terms at a place like the Pasta Bar; you should be on your best behavior and hope for the best. They don't really need your business as much as you need them. These kinds of establishments do not exist alongside the Barnes and Noble nor the Gander Mountain back home. My only complaint is the Salsa Weekend. Not a big fan.
Very cool surroundings, interesting food choices, and slow service. I have recently discovered Loring Pasta Bar, I absolutly love the atmosphere but the service is slow and the staff is not very friendly. I have age there twice now and the food was not as hot as I would have liked, this might be because the place is awfully drafty. Overall I liked it, mainly due to the decor.
Great atmosphere...and that's about it. Servers didn't have a very good attitude, they give you small portions (no refills on the small bread basket), my food was bland and lukewarm and there wasn't much of it, and too expensive for that kind of low quality. Me and my boyfriend were both still hungry and walked over to Annie's Parlour...there's a place that looks run down, but the food is amazing and the servers are really nice, helpful, and funny. I'd skip the overpriced atmosphere at Loring Pasta Bar for some great food at Annie's anyday.
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