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Old 08-24-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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After spending the afternoon in Aliante, my wife and I decided to stop at Grimaldi's in Boca Park on the way home. We walked in the front door and were immediately greeted by two personable hostesses, one of whom showed us to our table and told us that our waitress would be right with us.

While waiting for the waitress, we reviewed the drink memu and made our selections so we would be ready when the waitress came over. Looking around the restaurant, I saw that it was pretty empty with one waitress taking care of a couple of tables, but since she made no effort to come to our table, I assumed (correctly) that she wasn't responsible for us. With our waitress nowhere in sight to take our drink order, we turned to the pizza menu to determine what we would order once the waitress came by. I decided that I would start with a personal white pizza with garlic as an appetizer and my wife decided on a house salad. For a main course, we decided to order a large pizza with sliced tomatoes and meatballs, figuring that we would have leftovers to take home.

We then put the menus down and my eyes once again searched the restaurant looking for "our" waitress to no avail. Finally, the other waitress, noticing me looking at her, came by our table on the way to the hostess stand and said that she would attempt to find our waitress. At that point, I told her not to bother, got up out of my chair, and my wife and I followed her as we all walked to the front of the restaurant.

I said goodbye to the hostesses, and my wife and I walked a few doors down to Kona Grill and had dinner there. We were greeted immediately, sat down at a table on the patio, and a waitress appeared almost immediatetely to take our drink orders. We happened to arrive at happy hour and availed ourselves of the half price menu. The food - which included a margherita pizza - was absolutely delicious. And even though the bar and patio area was packed, our service was impeccable.

So although the title of this thread is a bit of a misnomer, we will definitely be making numerous return trips to Kona Grill.

I can't say the same for Grimaldi's.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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Been living here 10 years and Grimaldi's is by far the worst pizza i have ever tasted. Good Choice.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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I haven't tried Kona or Grimaldis but i believe BJs in the same plaza (or close by).. thats excellent pizza but man is it pricey $14 for a personal size
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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I haven't tried Kona or Grimaldis but i believe BJs in the same plaza (or close by).. thats excellent pizza but man is it pricey $14 for a personal size
On the other hand....been living here 10 years and BJ's is the BEST pizza I have had out here.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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Grimaldi's Pizza is good, I like it but I am tired of the place. Been there a few times, I like the outdoor seating perhaps sometime later in the fall my friend and I will go back for a meal. Same thing with the Cheesecake Factory and Gordon Biersh we've been there so many times it's not even fun to go have a meal at those places. Kona Grill as nice as the place seem to be I have yet to set foot in the place even though it is just right next door to the restaurants I've mentioned.

I am looking forward to Tivoli Village and its restaurants, shaping up nicely. Speaking of restaurants PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood is nice, limited menu but the ambiance inside and outside at the patio more than makes up for its limited menu. Fun place. Never cared for the Hawaiian Tropic restaurant previously occupying the site, overprice for a regular food but I think PBR Rock Bar will have a chance not just because of the ambiance but price wise it is inexpensive.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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After spending the afternoon in Aliante, my wife and I decided to stop at Grimaldi's in Boca Park on the way home. We walked in the front door and were immediately greeted by two personable hostesses, one of whom showed us to our table and told us that our waitress would be right with us.

While waiting for the waitress, we reviewed the drink memu and made our selections so we would be ready when the waitress came over. Looking around the restaurant, I saw that it was pretty empty with one waitress taking care of a couple of tables, but since she made no effort to come to our table, I assumed (correctly) that she wasn't responsible for us. With our waitress nowhere in sight to take our drink order, we turned to the pizza menu to determine what we would order once the waitress came by. I decided that I would start with a personal white pizza with garlic as an appetizer and my wife decided on a house salad. For a main course, we decided to order a large pizza with sliced tomatoes and meatballs, figuring that we would have leftovers to take home.

We then put the menus down and my eyes once again searched the restaurant looking for "our" waitress to no avail. Finally, the other waitress, noticing me looking at her, came by our table on the way to the hostess stand and said that she would attempt to find our waitress. At that point, I told her not to bother, got up out of my chair, and my wife and I followed her as we all walked to the front of the restaurant.

I said goodbye to the hostesses, and my wife and I walked a few doors down to Kona Grill and had dinner there. We were greeted immediately, sat down at a table on the patio, and a waitress appeared almost immediatetely to take our drink orders. We happened to arrive at happy hour and availed ourselves of the half price menu. The food - which included a margherita pizza - was absolutely delicious. And even though the bar and patio area was packed, our service was impeccable.

So although the title of this thread is a bit of a misnomer, we will definitely be making numerous return trips to Kona Grill.

I can't say the same for Grimaldi's.
Hard to believe in this economy service is sometimes absent. You'd think they'd 'jump on' a customer when they walked in the door, especially when not busy. Whomever was suppose to be your waitress should be terminated.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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As expensive as that area is knowing that Jilly's is getting ready to open, management should be all over that lack of service. Guess it won't be too long til we read that they closed.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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After spending the afternoon in Aliante, my wife and I decided to stop at Grimaldi's in Boca Park on the way home. We walked in the front door and were immediately greeted by two personable hostesses, one of whom showed us to our table and told us that our waitress would be right with us.

While waiting for the waitress, we reviewed the drink memu and made our selections so we would be ready when the waitress came over. Looking around the restaurant, I saw that it was pretty empty with one waitress taking care of a couple of tables, but since she made no effort to come to our table, I assumed (correctly) that she wasn't responsible for us. With our waitress nowhere in sight to take our drink order, we turned to the pizza menu to determine what we would order once the waitress came by. I decided that I would start with a personal white pizza with garlic as an appetizer and my wife decided on a house salad. For a main course, we decided to order a large pizza with sliced tomatoes and meatballs, figuring that we would have leftovers to take home.

We then put the menus down and my eyes once again searched the restaurant looking for "our" waitress to no avail. Finally, the other waitress, noticing me looking at her, came by our table on the way to the hostess stand and said that she would attempt to find our waitress. At that point, I told her not to bother, got up out of my chair, and my wife and I followed her as we all walked to the front of the restaurant.

I said goodbye to the hostesses, and my wife and I walked a few doors down to Kona Grill and had dinner there. We were greeted immediately, sat down at a table on the patio, and a waitress appeared almost immediatetely to take our drink orders. We happened to arrive at happy hour and availed ourselves of the half price menu. The food - which included a margherita pizza - was absolutely delicious. And even though the bar and patio area was packed, our service was impeccable.

So although the title of this thread is a bit of a misnomer, we will definitely be making numerous return trips to Kona Grill.

I can't say the same for Grimaldi's.
Dude. Weak. What a let down on so many levels. One is that I enjoy reading your reviews. A second is your service.

I have only eaten at Grimaldi's once and found the pie to be good in its own right, but the crackery crust that was crispy all the way to the center was not very flavorful. I would imagine this is largely due to the fact they probably don't add much yeast to the dough. Without yeast burping, the crust doesn't rise much. It also lends a thinner, flatter structure and less flavor.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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I haven't tried Kona or Grimaldis but i believe BJs in the same plaza (or close by).. thats excellent pizza but man is it pricey $14 for a personal size
kona and grimaldi's are at boca park.

bj's is down charleston at canyon pointe (and essentially across the street from red rock casino).
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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Hard to believe in this economy service is sometimes absent. You'd think they'd 'jump on' a customer when they walked in the door, especially when not busy. Whomever was suppose to be your waitress should be terminated.
I have been saying the same thing to myself since we got here. Some places have great service and others, wow, just wow. I moved from Albuquerque where even if the counter service was slow (as it often could be in the land of manana) the people were friendly and laid back to a fault.

A bright side I found here: Completely unexpectedly, every person I dealt with at CSN (taking a few classes there this year) was nice, friendly, and helpful. I'm used to dealing with quite the opposite at state supported schools.

Now if the Chipotle on Craig Rd by the Cannery would take a few cues from CSN I might go back.

I love pizza so I am definitely noting your reviews (and the BJs suggestion as well).
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