I gathered up a group 8 of my friends to go to Lavomatic on Wednesday night for restaurant week. The earliest reservation we could get was 8:00. I thought that's great they are doing so well.
We were seated on the rooftop by request, and ordered drinks right away. It took 30 minutes until we got our drinks. This was irritating to me due to the fact that I brought everyone there, but everyone seemed okay at this point.
After we got our first round of drinks we decided we better order right dinner right away. I had the mac and cheese, the shrimp and chicken pasta and ordered one of the two deserts they had left. We finished or drinks and nobody came to check on us for probably 20 minutes when our appetizers came. We ordered another round of drinks that were slow to come out. The Mac and Cheese was bland and only had two small slivers of bacon in it. Dinner took a long time to come out, and when it did they only brought half of the tables, and one of my friend's salmon was closer to raw than medium rare. You could tell that the dinners were sitting under the heat lamp for a while. The pasta was okay, but nothing I couldn’t have done myself
When the waitress came bring out deserts she said that the chief had whipped up some of the other desserts and we would be getting samplers. That sounded great, and I figured it was their way of apologizing for the slow service. When they came out it was one strawberry with whipped cream, a quarter of a cookie, and a tiny scoop of mousse. The desert was good, but very small, and none of us got any of the desserts that we ordered. The table of two next to us got the pie that we had all ordered and it looked a hell of a lot better than what we got.
All said and done it took 2 hours and 15 minutes, and everyone left saying they would never come back. I was very disappointed and embarrassed that I had recommended it.
Hopefully we just had a waitress that had too many tables, but it’s too expensive for me to keep giving them the benefit of the doubt. I've been there 7 times and never been impressed since Jean Robert left. After reading all the reviews after the renovation I thought they had turned the corner, but I think they still have a long way to go.