A very nice Restaurant and helpful staff. The broad menu provides a good range of dishes for every taste. A single person I arrived without a reservation and, though very busy they found me a table in moments. I have dined here before but it's a while ago and for whatever reason I have not added a review, I don't know why not?
My waiter was helpful and happy to talk through various dishes I asked about. One thing that was apparent was that the dishes on special seem to be the same each time I have visited. If they are so popular why not add them to the menu permanently?
I must agree with another reviewer in commenting that this restaurant can get rather noisy with inconsiderate groups of 'boisterous' alcohol fuelled diners. On the evening I was there a party of about six or seven including three of the rudest ill-disciplined children I have seen for a long time.
A girl of about 8 or 9 years of age running around the tables and at one stage ran into and was knocked flying by the Head Waiter. Mummy's reaction...... Get up off the floor darling! Fortunately it was not a waiter carrying hot food she ran into. Moments later, all three children were climbing up the Stools at the Bar and one of them knocked an order of drinks flying off the bar. Parents reaction ? Nothing... not a word or move to control or discipline the children. At this point had the group not been preparing to leave, I would have walked out! The Head waiter, after the party left, visited the other tables apologizing for the noise and disturbance. I would comment that children are always welcomed into Italian Restaurants and treated as future customers.
This group were clearly not South African. S.A. Family groups would never tolerate such behaviour.
These children were not babies or toddlers and it was obvious they were allowed to run riot wherever they are and, from the state of the table on leaving they clearly had never been taught how to behave properly or use cutlery at a table. After they left the waiters were on hands and knees picking up debris from the floor under the table. Quite apart from the incident at the Bar.
This kind of customer group could destroy a good restaurant very quickly and I will certainly look more carefully next time I visit Il Leone.
Once order was restored, I enjoyed a good meal with good service. I chose a steak with some outstanding fresh vegetables in season which was as good as it gets. Starter and dessert were equally good and were served with good timing.
Il Leone is not cheap, but it is worth the money......... with one reservation........ They need to ensure the kind of behaviour described above is stopped or it could do serious harm to the business.
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