Sandy >Food & Dining > Tiburon Fine Dining
I have many tips and or suggestions. I had to send back my steak because it was overcooked. After finishing my meal, the wait staff offered a clear trash liner as a doggy bag container, not even a fast food restaurant would do that. After giving me such lousy service, I paid for my meal. The wait staff announced that they are keeping my change as a tip. I contacted the owner to tell them about the negative experience, he did not apologize. He argued with me about the wait staff and acted dismissive about my experience when I brought to their attention. I’ve shared my experience with others, and it’s no surprise, they had a negative experience too!!!
HUGE Disappointment! I was very excited
to try Tiburon as I've heard good things about them. I was hoping for a fine dining experience. I was very disppointed in nearly all aspects of the evening.
First, there was no parking and we had to park on the street. Having adequate parking for guests would be a nice way to start the evening. Next, the restaurant is dark and was quite cramped and noisy. It was hard to carry on a conversation with my friends.
Next, the service was beyond mediocre. She did not seem knowledgeable about the menu items and seemed to forget often. Everything was slow and chaotic. I've eaten in restaurants where plates are transitioned and you barely notice the server - this was NOT the case here. It felt obtrusive and clunky.
Next, the food was ok... just ok. I applaude them on their use of interesting and fresh ingredients, but the sauces were strong, the plate presentations were sloppy and over done. There was lots of garnish type items that we over cooked and mushy and unrecognizable.
We waited nearly 30 minutes after our salads to get our entrees. Not a single visit from our server during this long wait to bring drinks or check on us.
Eventually, the food was brought to us by 2 different servers and it felt lukewarm.
Personally, I had the Ahi Tuna ($35)- it was good (not great, just good), but the carrot mixture on top was overpowering and unnecesary. Very sloppy to have to dig out my tuna from under a mount of mushy over sauced carrots. 2 of the entrees were served without their sauces and the chef came out and poured sauce on them at the table.
At the end of the night, our bills were combined w/ a gratuity added on. For a party of 6, I believe this was not appropriate. When we asked to have the bills seperated, she did not get our checks correct and rather than resolve it, she walked off leaving us to sort it out among ourselves.
A 20% gratuity should be something that is earned - this was not. Neither the food nor the service was deserving.
While I can see that this restaurant has the makings of being Zagats rated, tonight was an epic fail. While the food had hints of greatness, I will search out other restaurants who will deliver every visit.
Love Tiburon!!. My Husband and I go to Tiburon for every special occasion, Valentines Day, birthdays, you name the occasion we are there!! We always receive excellent service and the food is always delicious as always!! If we go on a holiday and they have a pre set menu I can always order the Chicken which is not always on the menu, its delicious!! No place in town like Tiburon, thanks guys!!
Aw, I used to love this place. This was my go-to spot for a special evening. So last night for our 35th anniversary, it was a no-brainer. We had three problems within one minute of entering -- the place was smoky as all get-out (what on earth happened to the exhaust system?), the chairs screeched horribly as we dragged them across the tile floor to seat ourselves, and I wasn't offered a place for my coat so I was fumbling with that. Oh, forgot about both of our chairs being wobbly -- the uneven floor, not the chairs. I decided I wanted just a starter -- I asked our server what sides they had, since none were listed. He said I could get the same vegetables as a side that come with all entrees. I said no vegetables were shown as coming with the entrees. He had to look for himself on the menu. Yep, no vegetables shown on the menu. Onward. We ordered a bottle of zinfandel. We were informed they were out of that bottle but offered another bottle that was more expensive but for the same price. Sure, that's fine. So she brought the bottle and I'm sure she showed it to us for approval. My husband approved the bottle without noticing that she had suggested a syrah (I think), not a zin. Not what he would have chosen to accompany our meals. The music too was weird and I saw more than one diner looking puzzlingly at the speakers. There was a melody but then some gravelly man's voice speaking. Never could figure that out and it was mildly distracting. When our dishes came, husband was sorely disappointed. For a $38 piece of tenderloin, it was very skimpy, hidden under a blanket of like-looking mushrooms. My starter (the kurobota pork) had turned into what was easily an entree with the vegetables so I was finally happy with something. I don't know -- all of these relatively minor missteps should not occur at these prices. I don't think I could now recommend it to my friends as I have done in the past. Sorry, guys, but I do hope you can take to heart at least some of my criticisms. Bring down the prices so expectations aren't so high, or up the entire experience to justify the prices. One or the other.
Yuck. I have had a few good meals at Tiburon. Tonight was down right awful. They were out of the chicken, one of 7 entrees on the menu. I opted to order the polenta chicken appetizer and the waitress upsized it for me. What arrived was some brown goo comprised of sugar, mushrooms, tough chicken slices and what tasted like pickled polenta. No thanks. I have tried to overlook the problems with this 'fine dining' restaurant ie: carafe of water on the table for me to pour, the dining room is far less than elegant, the location etc., but with the goo they served me tonight with a $20 price tag, I will scratch this place off the list. If only Pago were open on Monday nights.
Now this is Dining out!. This is the place! There is not another restaurant in Utah that compares with the quality of food and service you get at Tiburon Fine Dining. To begin, the salads there are to die for for. The crab cakes are...WOW! My wife and I had an absolute perfect dinner. Words cannot describe how absolutely scrumptious it was. Portions were not too big...just right. Service surpasses any other. Wait staff knows the products and are very friendly. All of that aside, for the quality and attention to taste, the price was very reasonable. Do yourself a favor, take your significant other out here for a splendid evening. You can't go wrong. Mmmm!!!
amazing! great for a romantic night!. My boyfriend and I went here for our three year anniversary and we weren't disappointed! We had a romantic table with candles, the dim lighting helps too. Definitely get the crab cakes, their amazing. You may think the dinner is pricy (most range around $40) but with your meal you get bread and butter (the butter had veggies and spices in it, delicious), salad and sorbet to cleanse your palet before your meal. The salad is unique with tomatoes, apples, and candied pecans. The sorbet seems homemade, they served us raspberry and lime sorbet. Our entrees were great, I had the tenderloin of pork. Everything down to the presentation of the food was equisite. Great service too. I would recommend this for any romantic date!
Don't skip dessert.. Great meal. What a find, I tried this place based on the good reviews and was not disappointed. The staff is fun and flexible and allowed me to make an entree out of an appetizer- try the scallops they are cooked perfectly and mildly spicy. The honey ice cream was delightful with just the right amount of honey flavor and not overwhelming at all. I would never have thought to look in Sandy for a great dinning experience but I will be back for sure.
Fantastic Summer Patio Dining. We've lived within a few of miles of Tiburon for years without ever eating here. Tonight we gave it a shot and I'm happy to report that we had a perfect evening. We've lived near a jewel of a restaurant without knowing it. The service was professional and the food was expertly prepared, beautifully presented and very tasty. Every dish had unusual flavors and sauces that blended so nicely. Even the butter that was served with the sourdough bread had a tasty combination of sweet peppers, honey, balsamic vinegar and garlic. We sat on the patio on a warm summer evening and the atmosphere was relaxed and somewhat romantic. I imagine the small interior dining room could get a bit noisy, so choose your mood. Come for the food!
Great appetizers, amazing salads, love the sorbet to cleanse the palate. We went to Tiburon to celebrate an anniversary (actually a monthly anniversary). When we arrived, we were greeted warmly, and we opted to sit on the patio. The setting wasn't anything remarkable, but it was very nice (clean tablecloths, nice place settings, well land-scaped area). We ordered the Polenta and the Pork Belly appetizers, and were impressed with both. The polenta was served with a delicious rich brown sauce and plenty of earthy mushrooms and tender sliced chicken throughout. The real jewel was the Pork Belly, however, which was served with delicious brie and caramelized onions. Following the appetizer, we had a wonderful salad of mixed greens with fontina cheese, candied pecans, fresh braeburn apples, a roasted roma tomato, and a creamy raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The nicest touch was the house-made raspberry and lemon sorbet served directly after the salad as a precursor to our entrees: we eminently enjoyed going into the main course with a cleansed palate--too few restaurants do this anymore. The entrees were scrumptious -- we had the ribeye (served with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, a cooked carrot, oyster mushrooms, and a delicious brown sauce) and the filet (served essentially the same way, though shiitake rather than oyster mushrooms). The filet was very tender, and the ribeye was full of flavor. I rank this among some of my favorite restaurants, though there are places to which I would give preference for their superior ambience. The staff was very helpful, knowledgeable, and blessedly understated. We will return, but if you eat out infrequently and don't enjoy spending money, you can find nicer places for the same money (though the food is on-par with some of the best in the valley). Give it a try, you won't be sorry. :)
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