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Posted by s and K on 04/05/2008
I've gone to Coda for drinks and have liked the atmosphere and the bartendars are friendly. Went there for dinner tonight and was disappointed. We got a table in the bar on a Saturday night after about ten minutes, which was great. Waited 45 minutes or more for our food. The waiter forgot my drink. When I inquired about our meal because of the long wait, he said it was a "full house" rather than acknowledge that we waited a long time for our food. Our waters weren't refilled, sat there with empty drinks. The steak frites were ok. The frites were tasty. The meat was plain-could have used a bernaise sauce. When we asked for our check, someone other than our waiter dropped it off without acknowledgement. Everything was very so-so and we didn't feel like a lot of attention was paid to us .The cheesburger was okay. The meat was all separated on the bun. Perhaps other entrees are better. Not sure if we'll go back. Perhaps for a drink and an app. When we got there it wasn't too packed so not sure why the long wait and not a lot of attention. It looked as though tables in the dining room were taken care of better.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2007
The setting is great and the menu is nice and affordable. However it is impossible to hear the person sitting next to you. My voice was hoarse like I had gone to a Red Sox game afterwards. Unfortunately, he/she who shouts the loudest can socialize. Otherwise it might be better when you are alone or don't want to talk to the person you are with.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2007
Coda came highly recommended to me. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high. That said, they did a fantastic job with the design and atmosphere. Comfortable seating, nice bar, great functional and ambient lighting...the electric candles placed around added to the warm feel. The menu was simple and well balanced with a nice variety of choices at an affordable price point. Similarly, the wine list had a nice variety of affordable table wines from around the world. Cocktails were price well, but not particularly inventive. I enjoyed a nice Old Fashioned that was quite good for $8 made with Maker's Mark. The Malbec was very good as well. The Caesar salad was very traditional, good, but not exceptional... but, it was a Caesar after all. The rack of Lamb was good, though cooked more toward medium rather than the requested medium rare. It was presented on a dish with a demi glas and herbed grits. All was very simple and well executed with the exception of the temperature of the lamb. The herbed grits were a welcomed change to the usual potatoes or cous cous. They were moist, but not wet and runny as traditional grits often are. The texture was excellent and the subtle flavor of the herbs was just right. The service is where the experience fell short. We were seated without menus which had to be requested. The cocktails came without straws or stirrers, both were mixed drinks with ice that should always be served with something to stir. The wine order was forgotten by the server and the wine finally arrived half way through our entrees. The apology for the mistake was minimal with no offer of a second glass or something else to compensate for the error. Smiles from the staff were fleeting or absent for the duration of our dining experience. Over all the service was disorganized and utilitarian. My impression wasn't that the staff didn't care so much as they didn't know what they were doing. This is the biggest liability for this new restaurant that has great potential. To the owners and General Manager, train your staff in attentive, organized and friendly service and make sure they know that it's a priority. With that missing piece, Coda can certainly become more than just the latest addition to the South End restaurant scene with a fleeting popularity. Good food and great atmosphere, and exceptional service will give Coda longevity as one of the South End's favorite, affordable, comfortable, regular dining hang-outs.
Posted by kim on 07/04/2007
As a chef myself, i have to say Coda is a refreshing addition to the South End restaurant scene...great food, great prices, great service....eat there while you can, this space is going to take off.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/26/2007
Quality food at a great price with an excellent wine list. The new owners really did well with the interior as you would not suspect that this used to be Tim's.