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The Restaurant at La Te Da
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Ranked #39 of 454 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 25 July 2008

10 of us had a wonderful lunch at La Te Da. Beautiful setting by the pool. Our server(forgot his name) was extremely friendly. Everyone was happy with their meal. I had the Jumbo Lump Crab, Avacado & Shrimp Salad....very good. I just adore this place and can't wait to go back!!!

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Reviewed 7 July 2008

We had dinner at around 8pm on July 5, 2008
We are from Naples, FL and know fine restaurants.
Service, very good
Meals for the two of us:

Wife salad, wonderful
My soup—out of gazpacho, had to sub Italian meatball which was just OK.

My oyster appetizer – very small oysters breaded so heavily it was like oyster flavored bred. Complained to waiter and removed a pile of the breading on my plate. Said he would “advise” the kitchen.

Entrees
We cautioned the waiter that we did not want to rush our entrees. As a result, when the food arrived the plates were very hot, but the food on them was not. What does that tell you??

Wife – shrimp was covered with uncooked chopped garlic making it almost inedible.
Me – a yellow snapper on a bed of fine rice. Fusion was mango, pineapple, sliced avocado (?) tomatoes(!!?) and slivered almonds. While this may appear fine, believe me, these do not work together.

We finally asked the waiter to summon the lady manager who asked why we did not send it back to kitchen. I said, ‘ all three dishes !!??’. I asked her at what point do we do that? First bite? Fifth bite? We had complained to the waiter about all three dishes.

I told her we would pay, but were very disappointed. Others of you may have let it pass thinking it your palate problem. Don’t do that!! Just because it is a restaurant does not mean the chef has good taste or that the sous chef is worth a damn… complain!!! It is the customers taste bud that determines the success of a dish, not them !!!

Overall terrible meal, bad experience that dampened the whole night.

Yes, we paid the full amount—she didn’t even make an offer to compensate us--another bad indicator. Free dessert? Free coffee? Nope, nada.

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Reviewed 15 April 2008

Just returned from Key West with four friends. Our first and only BAD EXPERIENCE was at La Te Da.
While ordering my "first" two beers, the female bartender made a crude and very unprofessional comment about "tips are not included in the cost of the drinks."
I consider myself a sporadic tipper. Sometimes tipping per drink, per every other drink, or sometimes a large tip at the end of the nite.
We anticipated staying for hours and eating dinner but after her comment, we all left.
Other Key West people and bartenders were shocked to hear our encounter and apologized for her. (go figure)
That was our only bad experience for the entire week.
Do yourself a favor and go to 801 or Aqua on Duval if you want a pleasant and fun bar experience in Key West.

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