Tigard >Food & Dining > Cafe Allegro
Been going to Cafe Allegro for about 10
years now, just a few times per year. I like the atmosphere - and I think I've had better luck with food than most, but will agree some of the dishes have been bland. (Stick with the heartier red or butter sauces and away from the creamy whites.)
But the service ranges from ok to atrocious. I don't go at peak times, so I get seated right away, but the attention you get once seated varies wildly - not only from visit to visit but during the visit as well. If you get several visits from the water boy before they take your order, don't expect to ever see more water again.
Prices are ok and if you use the coupons that are all over, it is actually pretty good - if you are with someone you want to spend time with.
Rissoto dish is the best. Need a little more seasoning and garlic in their dishes. I'm Italian, so I like more garlic than probably the norm.
Worst Service Ever, pasta tasted terrible.. We went to this restaurant on Friday, 11/4/11. No one greeted us when we walked in. We had to sign up on the waitlist ourselves with no directions about what to do. The staff had an extremely unprofessional appearance and there was no eye contact while we waited for a table for 20 minutes. Finally someone came by to take us to a table. They seated us in a hallway right next to the bathroom and service door, despite a whole back room that was not full (and not all the front tables were full either)! The waiter came. The waiter was very unfriendly! He treated us like we were interrupting his day, and not worthy of his time. When the food finally came (which was a long time because the waiter came by to tell us that they burnt my daughter's pizza so they had to make a new one), the pasta was sticky and flavorless, with non-descript rubbery ground chicken pieces. The only redeeming part of this restaurant was the sourdough bread served prior to the meal! We will NEVER eat there again!
Our family went into this restaurant on Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 1:30 PM for a late lunch and expereinced the worst service ever. Despite the restaurant being rather large overall only a few tables in the front were being seated with customers. While we had five in our party, there were also three other party's that also came in when we did which brought the total to 12 people waiting to be seated in four seperate party's. Basically the woman seating people told all the seperate waiting party's that they could not be seated because all of the front tables were full and that we would have to wait at least 15 minutes for a table. Keep in mind that there were numerous open tables in the middle and back of the resaurant, also that she announced this in front of the people that were already seated. There was plenty of wait staff to handle everyone: however, instead of seating all the party's they decided to make people wait. One of the wait staff asked why not just seat people in the open tables from which the one seating people said that it was too far to walk.
We left to go to another restaurant down the street, another waiting party also left and actually ran into some friends that were coming into the resauarant that also went elsewhere when they heard what was happening.
My husband and I came into cafe allegro and were instantly greeted and sat at a nice table near the window with candle light. water and bread was brought out immediatley by a very cute and friendly busser, and our waiter nice and handsome waiter took our order. He was very polite and funny. Our food was quckly brought out and it was absolutely delicious, italian food at its very best. I wou
ld definitley recommend this resturant to anyone!
Raviloi and Meatballs is the way to go.. We live close and eat here often, so I have sampled many items on the menu. The meat sauce and regular marinara are the best in my opinion. All the other sauces are just ok. I am a sauce fanatic, so I have sampled most of them even if it was just to dip bread in. I like to know how things taste before I order a whole meal covered in it. My husband always goes for the pizza and I'm in love with the meatballs, so I either get regular spaghetti or the cheese filled ravioli's with meatballs. The meatballs are full of flavor and cooked just right. The price is great and the portions are medium to large.
Some of the best food I have had in months. As soon as I walk in I am great by a darling little host to be seated, Immideatly a handsome young busboy came out and gave us fresh bread and icewater (Good on a hot day!) and was very to talk to! A server was right after him to ask us about drinks saled ect. We got 2cokes which where delivered immediatly, a short time later the server took our orders and in 10-15 minutes we were both enjoying a delcious dish! Yum!
Lifeless and Bland.
It had been awhile since we dined here, and it
used to have a good reputation. But last night
was easily once of the worst dining experiences
we've had in the last several years here in the
Portland area. Indifferent service with fairly bland
salads and entree's.
The place looks tired and it didn't feel like the
two servers in the section we sat in wanted to
be there. My wife couldn't finish her Ceasar
and my Fettuccine was sub par.
We won't be back again, and I wouldn't recommend.
Server was a jerk. My boyfriend and I went in about 45 minutes before closing. The waiter gave us their lunch menus, then after looking it over and ordering, he informed us he'd forgotten they switched their menus already (from lunch to dinner) because they were about to close. Not a fan.
Much better places to dine. I've received mailer coupons for this place for years and never went. I always wondered why they put out so many coupons and now I know. The food is ok. Not completely horrible but definitely NOT great. It's edible and fills your stomach but when I go out to dinner and pay a significant amount of money I expect better than 'eh, it's alright'. My meal came with vegetables that were described as roasted on their menu but they were steamed and bland. That was a huge disappointment. The largest portion of my main course was atlantic salmon (I should have asked what type of salmon they used) and the heaping side to fill the plate was the cheap staple starch. I expected more than 2 prawns and 2 scallops for my scallop, prawn and salmon dinner but I understand, they need to serve you as little as the higher quality items as possible to pad their pockets. I will definitely never go back simply because there are far better places to eat.
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