Berkeley >Rick & Ann's
the missing ingredient.... I recently returned from Southern California and immediately convened for brunch at my once FAVORITE restaurant...Rick & Ann's. Before moving back in 2005, I patroned this place on average twice a week. It was the best place to be - both for the social aspect and for the food lover. But on this recent visit something was terribly wrong. Rick & Ann's is horrible. I was searching my memory to find what could have possibly gone amiss. The menu was relatively the same, the atmosphere was relatively the same, but what was it...The hostess (granted a hot, tall blonde with a smile that would light up the room and eyes that would give you butterflies) was gone! While maybe I had taken her for granted, I now realize what made Rick & Ann's better, and the wait completely bearable - it was this hostess. She was amazing - made you feel important and that she truely cared, professional and attentive to each persons needs, went out of her way to accomodate people (finding a water dish for a dog, a cough drop for a sick patron, snacks to tide kids over while they waited) - she worked in this amazing way that just made you feel good, even if you weren't in her spotlight of attention. I can't believe one person could make this much of a difference, but I think all of us who now don't know what happened to our once beloved R&A's now know...we took her for granted and now she is gone.
Friendly neighborhood Brunch spot. Sometimes the wait can be long and the servers can be busy but it's just a cozy place to relax into the weekend with some tasty food. I especially love their hash browns with beet! mmmmm!
Not worth the wait!. I would not recommend this brunch place to anyone. The food was below average, but the biggest problems with the place are the very long waits, and poor service. On a recent Sunday morning, we left our names and were told the wait was "at least an hour". That was fine with us, and we told the hostess we'd get a cup of coffee across the street. When we returned, they had informed us that they had called our name and that we missed our table (all within 15minutes). We were then told we'd get the next table avaiblable. 1.5 hours later we were seated. I don't mind waiting if its worth it, but this food is nothing special. The waffles were not good, and the other dishes took well over 30 minutes to reach us. The entire experience took close to three hours, and afterwards, you can't help but feel cheated because the food you just ate could have been had at a lower price, and from an establishment that actually cares about its customers. This may have been a good brunch place in the past, but it certainly isn't any longer.
Dinner's Only OK.
Rick & Ann's is the most convenient restaurant for us to go to; it's practically across the street. Despite that, we've never been for the infamous brunch. (I'm not waiting for an hour to eat pancakes or eggs.) We have been three times for dinner.
Each time the service is very friendly but amazingly slow. The chicken pie is pretty good, though a friend said hers only had a few scant bits of chicken.
Honestly, the best part about this place is the baker. The pies, scones, cakes & muffins are incredible. I'd definitely go back for the lemon meringue pie.
Bleh! Worst Waffle Ever! Terrible Service!. I used to like Rick and Ann's! What happened? We went there this morning and had the most mediocre brunch, ever. I was embarrassed, since I brought out of town guests telling them how good it was. The food was gross. Worse yet, when we complained of tough waffles, the waitress told us that the cooks told her that that's how they usually are. Whatever. Lastly, when we paid (our guest treated us), our waitress didn't even bring back our change. I guess she decided that she deserved over 20 percent tip, even though we were all clearly disappointed. I would have argued but we all decided we just wanted to get the h*** out of there. Never again, I DO NOT recommend it at all...if you're looking for a good breakfast, try Homemade Cafe in Berkeley.
Long wait/bad service/bad management/bad menu. What happened! This used to be a fantastic brunch place, despite the awful waits and the terrible seating (small restaurant, crammed, boxed-in-seating). Something recently though has happened, its terrible. The quality of their food has plummeted. Their staples, like red flannel hash and Yukon gold, which were always made perfectly, now comes out undercooked with hard-potatoes and burned bacon (almost all the time now!). I think that they got a new cook or fired one, or something, because the food now is greasy, and inconsistent. Coupled with the already bad service (new server every time we come in), and cocky management creates an awful and unpleasant dining experience. The service was always bad, but now food is forgotten, or made wrong/poorly/undercooked ect. Last time I went with my family for brunch the wait was 1 hour, we had a tiny table despite making a reservation days in advance. The service was forgetful and despite repeating our order, the food still came out wrong after 35 minutes of waiting. That was the final draw; I will not throw away any more money into that cancer of a restaurant. Take your father somewhere else for fathers day, he would only leave disappointed and upset.
What happened???. This used to be a fantastic brunch place, despite the wait and the close seating. However, this place has seriously gone downhill in the past few months. The service is AWFUL and the food is now greasy and not at all what it used to be. The restaurant is in a beautiful area and it's nice to sit outside in the summer. However, this place has failed us the past 3 times we've been there so we've now given up. Bad service, rude host, bad food. We won't be going back.
oh so slow.
went here with my 3 year old. the hostess was very nice. we waited about 25 minutes for a table, which on a saturday morning wasn't bad.
at 11:48 the waitress came by to take our order--I wanted lunch-type food, but she said they couldn't do this until noon (12 minutes away). so i ordered an omelet. after 30 minutes with no food, we had to chase down our waitress to find out the story. she half-heartedly apologized, but our food took another 10 minutes to appear.
Homey Berkeley hangout serves hearty breakfast favorites like potato hash, cornmeal pancakes and homemade applesauce..
This longtime Elmwood brunch hangout is still going strong--the leafy sidewalk is crammed with bumper-to-bumper baby-stroller traffic every weekend morning. Inside, a soothing, sunny space is custom-made California: walls the color of pancake batter, redwood skylights and big windows overlooking a shady, flowery courtyard. Laid-back, cheerful servers don't hurry anyone along.
This is brunch, Berkeley-style, with a multicultural menu that hops from fabulous grandma-worthy potato pancakes loaded with cheese, homemade applesauce and sour cream to red-flannel hash, chunky with beets and bacon. Scrambled eggs are moist and golden, the coffee's strong, and slightly crunchy cornmeal pancakes get a deserving splash of real maple syrup. Although breakfast gets most of the attention, a succulent grilled salmon sandwich on a floury roll makes a great start for late risers.
Their CATERING!!!!!. I have never actually been to Rick and Ann's, but I have been fortunate enough to tasted their sandwiches which were catered to an event at the University. All the sandwiches I tried were of the freshest quality: the foccacia bread was soft yet firm, the mushroom pesto sandwiches were delicious and well-balanced in terms of ingredients, and the simple turkey sandwiches tasted absolutely delightful. I never thought sandwiches could taste this good. The sandwich platters were rounded off with little dessert cakes and tarts which hit the spot really well.
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