Market Bar. Market Epic Fail.

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If this place was not one of the only places with outdoor seating over at the Embarcadero, there would be pretty much no reason to go here.

I’m pretty sure I could’ve swam to Alcatraz and back in the time it took to get our food, the attention of the waiter to get more food, and finally, the check. That’s 3 trips to Alcatraz and back! Lets put it this way: I had absolutely nothing better to do but sit there for hours and hours, in fact I was trying to pass the time, and I was still freakishly annoyed with how long it took to perform every single service-oriented task, no matter how simple (i.e. fill up my water).

I was annoyed to the extent that at a certain point of the meal I basically stopped listening or paying any attention to the person I was with, and could only think about how annoyed I was. That, my friend, is pretty annoyed.

And, the food did not even come close to making up for the wait. “Under” is the key word here – under-seasoned & underwhelming. I can’t even say it didn’t meet my expectations, because I had no expectations to begin with and was still disappointed. For the record, I have nothing personal against this restaurant or any of its employees. I’m not usually one to flame a restaurant, as I don’t like being overly or unfairly critical when people’s reputations/livelihoods are in question. But, when a harsh review is deserved then I also will not be a writer that shies away from accurately describing their experience.

The next time I’m in the area, I think I’ll take a cue from the hipster chick I was watching while patiently waiting for my food: buy a sorbet cone from Ciao Bella, and just sit at one of Market Bar’s outdoor tables.

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