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“Very disappointing”

Crystal Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 34 Restaurants in Zvolen
Cuisines: European
Description: The best value lunch and dinner in Europe. I think so. Run by the town's catering school, you receive superb food and service at bargain prices.
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Description: The best value lunch and dinner in Europe. I think so. Run by the town's catering school, you receive superb food and service at bargain prices.
Reviewed 7 December 2012

I had read the reviews of this place and was looking forward to a nice pre-movie dinner with my wife on a Friday evening. Unfortunately, the whole thing was a bit of a disaster.

The meal took FOREVER to arrive. The soup took the best part of half an hour and our mains took another half an hour, even though we ordered everything at the same time. When we enquired as to how much longer it would be, the waiter said "two minutes". After a further 10 minutes, it was still not there.

When it did arrive, the duck was undercooked and the "game" was edible but extremely rare. What were they doing this whole time?

We raised our concerns with the waiting staff and they put on a concerned look but didn't actually apologise.

Despite giving ourselves 90 minutes for the meal before our film, it was about 80 minutes of waiting and 10 minutes of eating. Not a relaxed, romantic experience.

There are not a lot of high-class restaurants in Zvolen, but this is certainly not one of them. You are better off going to Rusticana, just down the street.

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1  Thank JimJaneTravel
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

We were really surprised what a amazing time we could experienced inrestaurant in such a little town as Zvolen is. The food, the stuff, the wine..everything was just perfect and it the restaurant could compete with high level placed restaurants in capitals.
You would never say the stuff is composed of students of hotel academy and gastro professionals. We recommend this restaurant for every occasion.

1  Thank Petr H
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

The food is fine and the service is fine . Not my favorite but still a good option when i want to go somewhere a little different.

1  Thank DarenCarter
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

This restaurant is in a great location in an old building beside a beautiful old church. We sat out on the patio and had great service...and food! As for service, apparently the servers all go to a restaurant school and this is where they practice/learn their chops. So, they take their job very seriously and it shows.

I can honestly say that they served me the best filet mignon i've ever had. They even had a well stocked rum bar which was the clincher for me. My wife had fish and she thought it was excellent. The menu is somewhat limited in what they have to offer but there is the old saying " quality, not quantity" that really applies here. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Winterfolk
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Excellent service, tasty food for an affordable price and good choice of wine.

The terrace outside is well furnished, thus to try again again during the summertime (today it was a bit too cold).

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Thank Stefano V
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