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737 9th St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.009839 -78.922225
Market open daily 9am-9pm Restaurant open Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm Bar open daily 5pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Amazing place – I've been there for clubbing in my undergraduate years and I loved the ambiance. It's very roomy with a mixture of different genres of music playing. It attracts young professionals, undergraduates, and the hip population. I would return it when I get the chance and good company.
Worst Dining Experience EVER!!!! – This dining experience completely ruined what was supposed to be a very special evening out with my husband. Let me state that I have worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and so I tend to be very understanding. To point out just a few of the many offenses we experienced: It began by waiting for 15-20 minutes just to receive the beer and glass of wine we ordered, in a half full bar. We then waited more than 40 minutes for our entrees. At no point did our server stop to explain, offer us bread, etc. We were, however, positively thinking the entire time, the reason it was taking so long, was because it was going to be an amazingly superb dinner. Sad, sad, sad. My fish, which was the most expensive entree on the menu was SO overcooked and insanely bland. We sat there for 20 minutes, looking at our uneaten food, until the server finally stopped, and we politely asked for boxes (to take the fish home to our cats). She proceeded to get a manager who came to our table, and tried in a very unconvincing way to apologize for the inadequate dinners. He left us with two free dessert tickets; which were left on the table; as you could not pay me to go back to that restaurant. Again, worst dining experience ever. A $70 tab for two barely edible dinners. If you want a nice dinner try Metro 8 across the street where a less substantial financial obligation is required, for delicious food and wonderful service. (as a side note, George's seemed a bit trashy for the $30 an entree charge)
great food, terrific selection, with good or miss service. – I've gone to George's Garage since they opened. Once they served food during a blackout and that was resourceful. Another time I was alone at the bar making frantic calls for some emergency and the bartender was very kind and alert. On a few occasions the dinner service has been really off and the wait staff was not up to the level I thought they should be (ie very very slow and not really faking interest in their jobs which is intrinsic to their jobs, not getting orders rights or bringing condiments we requested) I just go during lunch where it is cafeteria style and forgo all the waiters don't like to wait on women thing.
The food is really good and fresh. IDK about the sushi, never had it.
Great Variety – We've been to George's Garage twice and took out of town guests with us both times. We were impressed by the variety on the menu since it is billed as a seafood restaurant, but it's a good thing because some of us don't like much in the way of seafood. The decor and ambience is nice and the service was good each time. The wait staff could have come by a little more to check on us and we were missing some plates, but we used our bread plates for the appetizers. People in our group ordered lamb, trout, pasta, and filet mignon and everyone loved what they ordered. Their chocolate mousse cake was also excellent.
Terrible service all around...very sad – I have been to Georges a bunch and always usually go for drinks or sushi. But last Friday 10 of us girls went for a girls night out on my recomendation. We were seated promptley but had to wait and wait and wait for a waitress. She finally deciced to get out drink orders, after that she was gone again...only to return with half of the drinks...it was horrible all night. I asked for a wine list and I waited only to see her in the corner dancing with another waiter! It was uncalled for and I felt horrible about suggesting it to anyone. Our sushi order was wrong when it got there and had to be sent back.....to top the night off the MIA waitress shows up with the check all together. Did she think 10 girls were all paying together..some of us had cash, some had cards. When I told her in a very nice way we had to make a movie and we wanted our checks seperated she snatched the check out of my hands, rolled her eyes and told me she had other tables and it would take a while! I was highley upset by now....the assistant manager came over and split the checks up only after we all had to write our orders down on napkins! It was truley horrible! Though they have good drinks and sushi..its not worth it for the terrible service, Just go to kanki for sushi and drinks and save your self the hours of waiting and bad treatment.
Good food but expensive – This is my second time going to George's Garage. When I went almost a year ago, I really liked the food. But what impressed me was the service. We were greeted very quickly when we got in and they saw on the reservation that it was our first time there. The waitress was very professional. This time, the food was still good. (But, like other expensive restaurants, the quantity is not great.) The service this time was bad. We went on Mother's Day, but at 5:00 when it was practically empty. It took the hostess awhile to even look up and longer to show us to our table (even though we had a reservation). The waiter had very little personality. In terms of food, we liked everything except for the cheesecake which was way too sour. Seems like they left out the sugar by accident. The food is rather expensive. I suggest getting a coupon at restaurant(dot)com.
Long wait for wrong order – My boyfriend and I went to dinner at George's on Friday night. After we were seated, it was 15 minutes before we were greeted. On top of that our waitress was hardly tentative, we only saw her twice during the whole meal; the first time was to take our order and the second was to bring our bill. My boyfriend ordered the New England Clam Choder and rainbow trout. The chowder was very salty and the trout lacked favor. I ordered the Ahi tuna entree and received the Ahi tuna appetizer. I would have asked our waitress to correct my order, but we never saw her. For the cost of the dinner, between $18-$22 per entree, I would go else where.
George's Rocks! Great food, Great sushi, great service! – My husband and I love to eat here. Soemtimes we will eat in the diningroom but often we sit at the sushi bar. Its the best sushi around. George's has a wide variety of choices: sushi, order from the menu or help yourself at the buffet.
Bad Expensive Sushi – This restaurant has a nice decor and very good entrees , but stay away from the sushi. It was by the far most expensive I have seen in the triangle and certainly no where near the best.
Yummy food but head to the bar! – George?s Garage is one of the many Giorgio?s Hospitality Group restaurants. This one is similar to Spice Street in that it?s a mix of sushi bar, lounge area, and main dining room. The lounge looked cozy, with warm, dim lighting, and I was quickly saddened that we chose to sit in the dining room instead. It was garishly bright. I felt like I was in a warehouse with bright yellow walls that was populated with families who wanted to see and be seen. So, if that?s what you like, you should really check it out.
My husband?s sashimi platter was very pretty but as I?m not a big fan of raw food, I didn?t sample it. I had the coldwater swordfish with linguini in a spicy clam sauce and I loved it. The steak was perfectly peppered. The sauce was very light yet full of rich flavor. I wasn?t hungry but couldn?t help cleaning the plate.
My meal was accompanied by an Alex Martini, which got high marks. Overall, the bland atmosphere was overshadowed by dishes that definitely exceeded expectations. I?ll just sit by the bar next time.
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