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“Always fun, new Chef = Great Food !!!”

Alhambra Theatre & Dining
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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Always fun, new Chef = Great Food !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

Shows are always well done, staff is super friendly. Now that there is a new Chef it's even better !!!

Visited December 2011
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“Alhambra, a Jacksonville institution, some changes but still great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

We have attended shows at the Alhambra over the last 25+ years and always enjoyed it. The show was always great and the buffet standard, nothing outstanding but a good meal. Todd Booth, the owner and frequent actor, sold the Alhambra in a slumping market. Todd still stars in the plays which are always well done and always a good show. The new owners are trying different approaches to the food to see what impresses and will build attendance.
The night we were there, the food was served to you as opposed to the buffet style. We had a choice of meatloaf or a chicken dish. The meal was a disappointment. I chose the meatloaf as did everyone at the table. It was average to below average. We thought it would be something special and it was not. The side dishes were OK. Generous portions though. Sides were mashed potatoes and green beans--a real Wednesday night supper on a Saturday night out.
After the meal, they had an impromptu show of comedians that thought they were very funny and were not. I left the theater and sat in the lounge area until they were done. I wasn't alone either--several joined me. A time that is reserved for dinner conversation at the table and dessert was spoiled by the troupe. The purpose of this was to advertise the comedians that would be appearing on an off night.
It seems the new owners are trying very hard but they missed the mark that night on the food and pre-show entertainment. I wouldn't hesitate to go again but will find out what the menu is and really think that one out if to attend.
The Alhambra has brought back the Christmas Carol this year that used to be a tradition. I will say that is a show not to miss, food bad or not. It is very well done, funny and touching.
The show is always well-done for a small dinner theater with great musical numbers and acting. That I can assure, you will not be disappointed. A nice evening out, or to celebrate a special occasion which they do a great job of making it so.
Price of ticket includes dinner, beverage, and show. Alcohol is served at an additional cost. Service is very good.
I like the website which makes selection of tables easy. It is wheel chair accessible. Wheelchairs will be seated in top row. Stairs and tiered levels make all tables good for viewing the show. Anyone with problems with stairs should book a table at a top tier. Enjoy the Alhambra! Maybe by the time you go, they will have mastered the food side of the experience.

Visited September 2011
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