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“top dog in the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Spotted Dog Cafe

Spotted Dog Cafe
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Ranked #6 of 40 Restaurants in Springdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
Cuisines: American, Healthy, Soups
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Phoenix, Arizona
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“top dog in the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Mostly we were impressed with the freshness of the ingredients. Nothing to complain about except the end and that's the nature of an end to a good meal.

Visited June 2014
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Pebble Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Excellence in a sea of mediocracy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

If you go to no other restaurant in Springdale during your visit to Zion, go here. Nicely decorated understated decor, excellent and interesting food combined with good (not outstanding) service brought us back twice during our five day visit to Springdale. We went on a Friday night with no reservations with 4 people and were seated in the back room which seemed to have more light . This restaurant is bigger than it seems from the front but It is quite large upon entering. They also have an outdoor patio area and very ample parking at the side and rear . I would suggest reservations especially on the weekends. None of us ordered a dish that we disliked. In two visits with 8 dishes and 8 appetizers and a few deserts and not have a loser among us. This restaurant would rate well in a much larger city. A more attentive wait staff would be a definite plus.

  • Visited May 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Good Food; Mediocre Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

We were here with a reservation in mid-May. Hostess first tried to seat us at the worst table inside. We told her we would wait for the outside table to be set as it was already cleared. After we sat down a couple of other tables outside freed up. The next couple to come in was steered first to the worst table inside. They immediately decamped to come outside. The following couple finally accepted the worst table inside. The food was good, but the service was less than attentive. The outside dining is very nice if you have good weather as we did.

  • Visited May 2014
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Tacoma, Washington
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

After a long day of travelling (and missing the shuttle bus back to town from the park) we were very happy to get a table at the Spotted Dog. The bison burger was the best my husband had on the trip, my trout was great. Good beer! Great service. We sat outside but the interior is beautiful as well! Definitely a thumbs up!

Visited June 2014
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Needham, Massachusetts
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“Really terrible service, overall so so food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

The Spotted Dog clearly thinks a lot of itself, but the restaurant's poor service and operations spoiled what should have been an enjoyable evening. Some of the food was good (sauteed mushroom appetizer, burger, brownie dessert), some was just about okay (dry-ish trout), some was awful (Panna Cotta with strawberries and cheap balsamic vinegar).

But the service drives this review rating: entrees being delivered when we hadn't even really started our appetizers; wine by the glass that arrived after the dish it was intended to be paired with had almost been finished; a waiter who told me, in response to my comment that the Panna Cotta wasn't very good (he asked), that I wasn't eating it correctly--and then basically walked away, leaving the unfinished dish still on the final check.

Finally, if you want to sit outside (with mountain views), get your name on a waiting list as soon as you can.

I would not recommend this restaurant. Springdale has a lot of choices--in retrospect I wished we had tried one of those instead.

  • Visited June 2014
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