501 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.988997 -93.253453
Interesting latino food -- terrible service.
The 3 dishes we shared were very tasty: Creole fish, chicken in curry, fish in coconut curry. They were not spicy enough for us, but we like Mexican and Thai food.
I would like to return, but only if the service improves.
The waiter was nice in the beginning, when we were alone in the restaurant. We hardly saw him after ordering. I told him I have allergies and what they were. He said there would be no problem with the vegetables and when he brought them, I showed him that there was little I could eat, but he did absolutely nothing. The next time we saw him, he dropped off the next table's and our checks. Then he disappeared again. Finally my husband went in search and found him in the other dining room chatting with a table of young women. (He sat us and the other table, also older people, in the "quieter" dining room, thereby separating us from the younger women. With 2 waiters, this might be a good idea, but in this case, it was abysmal! ) He had no idea how to do his job and, I'm sorry to say I made a mistake early on -- I told him we had a restaurantcom certificate. That means he gets 18% automatically. He certainly didn't try to earn it!
The only other comment I should make -- this is NOT a Mexican restaurant. It has Spanish, Cuban and other latino food. If you are willing to brave the terrible service and dine here, look at all the choices you have and order something interesting. Otherwise it is definitely not worth it!
I used to work with restaurants (advertising) and have rated on zagat for years, as well as having done some restaurant training of waitstaff. This is the some of the worst service I have encountered in the twin cities. No diner should be left alone for 45 minutes at a time.
Sketchy Place. I few friends and I went to the Latin Bistro a few nights ago, and for the most part the food was fairly good. The Chicken Parmesan was good. It gave me the taste like I was eating at McDonalds :). Out whole point by going there was to dance on their dance floor. Once we hit the dance floor, some old random guy tried to hook up with my girlfriend. I gave him my death stare and he backed off. This gave me the impression that this place is very sketchy. My suggestion is, if your going to dance at this place, go with a large group of friends, because you never know what is going to happen
They must have good music.
Because the food ain't all that.
Maybe it was because I had high expectations, but I should have known better when I had to change my reservation twice (on Valentine's Day) and they had no problem changing it...probably because it was mostly empty..red flag number 1
No manager, no host we stood in the entry way for 2 minutes before anyone said hello (on Valentine's Day)
Advertised there would be specials on V alentines Day...there were none..
I had a restaurant coupon they wouldn't accommodate b/c it was a holiday (ok, but remember mostly empty restaurant).
I couldn't decide which wine I wanted and asked for a taste of 2 (couldn't accommodate)
We ordered appetizers to share
ceviche...not fresh and very bland and the chips were frito lay or something similar.
Cuban burrito, was ok but some rice that was undercooked (hard) inside
tacos, wanted to have one of each (pork, chicken and beef) again...couldn't accommodate had to pick one chicken it was....and to my surprise...the cheese...American..is that even a cheese?
On the good side (hence 2 stars) our server was nice, and my husband liked the spicy salsa served with the tacos (in hindsight, we weren't even served chips and salsa when we sat down). the decor was fun but looked like it was rode hard and put away wet.
In Conclusion Congo Latina Bistro is completely devoid of any understanding of service whatsoever and a great one to miss. Don't get caught up in the fun name and the idea of fun food...not so much. So glad I didn't wait the 50 minutes it takes to order the paella.
Paella was amazing!.
We went here on a Friday night around 6-7. It was great case they had a happy hour with half priced drinks and apps. We ordered the Paella, which takes 50 minutes to make and it was amazing!
We had to call a friend to help finish it. It took three of us.
Keep in mind it is not a real fancy posh place but the Paella was as good as I have had in Spain!
Service sliced?. We enjoyed the food. the drinks, and the atmosphere. However, we were left with a not so good impression of the place based on service. The dress code doesn't seem to be enforced. We waited 15-20 min to be served or I should say even asked what we wanted to drink. The bill came bill came and all was good so we gave our card to pay, but when it came back there was an automatic 18% gratuity that was added in and already charged. Pretty shocking to us since there was only 2 of us and the service was not up to par for 18%. There was no show when we went either, but the music was great for open dancing.
Don't get knifed. I am in the industry and am very forgiving, but here's what you should expect. You will walk in and no one will greet you for ten minutes. Next you'll be escorted to your "fine dining" booth, passing by the bar with toddlers playing on the floor next to drunken adults. Next the food will take awhile, but be affordable and tasty - not the sort you'd go back for, but might look impressive otherwise. When you go to the restroom, plan to see the inside of the door carved up with knives from top to bottom (no joke) and black toilets (so you don't have to clean them?) Next, plan to see no one there, no scene at all. Plus, get an automatic 18% gratuity for you and just your special someone!?!?!?!?! Then, when you pay with a credit card they show all the digits of your card, which is against some federal law, on your receipt. Needless to say, I grabbed both copies with my card number and B-lined it for the door. Never again.
fantastic food & service. Our server, Pedro, was so sweet and friendly. We had a fantastic dinner. We will go back for sure!!!!
DON'T GO THERE. THE PERSON AT CROWN PLAZA SAID THAT IT WAS CLOSE BY AND THAT WAS THE ONLY REASON WE WHENT. WHEN WE GOT THERE AND IT SEEM A LITTLE SHADY BUT WE DID NOT KNOW ANY OTHER PLACE TO GO THAT PLAYED LATIN MUSIC. BUT AT THE END OF THE NIGHT SOMEONE PICKED OUR POCKETS AND ROBED US OF ALL OUR CASH. 250 BUCKS. WE GOT NO HELP FROM THE STAFF AND AFTER REFUSING TO LEAVE TILL WE GOT OUR STUFF BACK THE WALLET WITH ALL THE IDS AND CREDIT CARDS MAGICALLY APPEARED WITH NO CHASH OF COURSE. IT ENDED UP WITH ONE OF THE BARTENDERS AND STRANGELY ENOUGH THEY DID NOT KNOW WHO TOOK IT THERE OR WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.
BEST SPAIN AND LATIN FOOD, GOOD MUSIC, AWESOME DRINK AND FRIENDLY SERVICE.
I admit that we was scared to go there, BUT IS THE ONLY PLACE INT TOWN MAKE PAELLAS. the place is really beatifull, the dinner area is separade of the bar are, so we have a quiet dinner, with good foo, the only that the waitress inform us that they make all fresh and we have to wait one hour for the paella, because for this dish we need to make a reservation. The was nothing when we eat this YUMMMMMMMMY FOOD, RICH AND TASTY, SAVORY THAT REMEMBER US YEAR AGO IN SPAIN. After that we stay for dance a litler bit and i learn to dance regeton, bachata and meremgue AT NO COST, because the cover is free when you make dinner. The restaurant service wasnt bad, but the bar service was excelent. The pretty dominican girl (angela) take care of us was so respectful and know a lot about drink, we doesnt have to think a lot about what we want to drink because she give us the direction. She make awesome drink for my group, a terrific martini and nice tropical cocktail. After that went we decide to go and pay she ask us about if we a need a cab and give us a freee water( house act) that nice things about bartenders!!!!!!!!!!care about customer.
SO WE COME BACK AGAIN.
PS we no saw any cop issue and we stay till closed.
WORST SERVICE & FOOD EVER. I went to this restaurant for my friend's b-day party. The waitresses were so rude and disrespectful they threw menus on the tables and were so impatient when it came to ordering. The food was tasteless and prepared quickly. When we were about done the waitress called my friend (who was the birthday girl) snobby because she simply asked the waitress a specific question about the bill . No server should ever call a customer SNOBBY when they ask a question about the bill. Please if you want good service spend your money elsewhere, I will not ever waste my money at a place like that again.
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