I’ve passed by River Deli a few times, and each time I’m always drawn to it’s green and white tiled floor, old-timey decor and it’s rustic charm. I manage to peel myself away but not without thinking that I must eat there the next time I pass. This past Saturday was said next time, and I took myself up on the offer — myself, my husband and his friend finally got brunch at River Deli.
The ambiance is playful and casual, the tables are packed together close enough to hear your neighbor’s conversation but not so close that you’re distracted by it. We took some time to get acquainted with the menu, and put in some quick orders – pancetta and cheese omelet for me, spinach and cheese for my husband and spinach pear salad for our friend. We also ordered some coffees and afternoon drinks to round out the brunch. After which we were more or less ignored — no waters or check-ins. My husband on the way to the bathroom got barked by the waitress that the bathroom was for customers only — when he said he was in fact a customer she apologized begrudgingly. Why would she assume that he’s NOT a customer? Were his jeans, t-shirt get up so out of place in this restaurant?
Then our food arrived and it looked delicious but our drinks were still nowhere to be seen. When we inquired about our drinks and if they were still coming, we were told a curt, “sorry we’re busy today”. Really? At that point I think the three of us mentally crossed this place off of our neighborhood visit list, and put it on “never again”. It’s a pity the food was tasty and the drinks when they did arrive were done well. But the service and attitude irreprably soured the taste.