We went to Le Yaca last night to celebrate our 18th anniversary. I asked for a quiet table. Our first indication of a lack of focus was when we walked in and the hostess had her purse up on the counter and told us she was headed out for coffee so she could wake up. She took us to our table which was in a room with just 4 other tables...it was perfect. We were the only ones in the room, it was quiet (no loud music playing), and we were out of the way any activity of the restaurant. That later proved to be a bit of an issue as we were left alone for 20 minutes or more at a time and it did not seem that anyone noticed us. We were given an IPAD to select wine...very hip, but the server noticed the battery was almost dead. The server asked if we had met the Madame yet. She assured us that on Thursday she goes around to all of the tables and talks to guests. When I asked a question about one of the specials, the server could not answer it, but assured me that Madame would know. (We never saw or heard from her all night and we were there 2 and a half hours). This was significant because I would not have ordered the special if I had known more about the fish...it happened to be a very "fishy" tasting fish...not bad, but not what I was looking for...the server did not know about the fish. My wife ordered the veal and it was delicious. She ordered it from the regular menu (came with green beans) and not the 3 course menu (came with spinach). She loves green beans and does not like spinach. When the meal came, it had spinach. My wife asked about the green beans and the gentleman that brought out the food (not our server) took the meal back. We waited for about ten minutes (my meal sitting in front of me cooling off) for my wife's meal to return only to see asparagus on the plate. When the gentlemen tried to take the meal again, we asked if he could just leave it while he tracked down the green beans so we could start eating. About 15 minutes later, the server came and asked us how everything was. We told her about the green beans and she headed off to track down the problem. She returned a few minutes later to explain that the menu was wrong...they did not have any green beans in the restaurant. She then asked if she could bring out some asparagus. We informed her that we had already explained to someone else that we did want the asparagus. If this kind of problem happened at IHOP, it would not bother me nearly as much. When I spend a hundred dollars on a meal, I expect better. We waited for about 15 minutes after finishing our meal before we saw our server. I selected my dessert (I had ordered the 3 course meal) and then we waited approximately 20 minutes for the dessert to arrive. It was elegant and they went the extra mile to put a little piece of chocolate on the plate that read happy anniversary. The also brought out 2 glasses of champagne with the dessert for our anniversary. Everything is in place for success, but the execution of the meal and the miscommunication between the staff and the excessive time between visits from the server made this anniversary meal a frustrating disappointment. There are other places to go that have much better service and good food for about half the price. My wife and I have plenty of experience with fine dining. I think I know good food and service when I experience it. Last night....we were disappointed and our night turned out not to be what we had hoped.
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