It was supposed to be a memorable New Year's dinner w/friends. Highly recommended & sought after place/cuisine. Our waiter was "dull" to the point of life-force draining, as his attitude clearly revealed he did not want to be there. The 1st course was replaced w/out explanation nor apology. The interval between the salad & entree seemed cavernous, bordering on abandonment. Arriving undercooked, with no wait staff visible, I took my plate to the kitchen *personally* and asked for my steak to be medium (not med-rare). After watching our dinner couple finish their selection, ours arrived swathed in burgundy sauce which -from the outset of the evening I informed the dull waiter of having no alcohol on this New Year's night, I immediate asked for it to be removed. Throw in the desert I expected was 'out'; my last straw exhausted, I asked for the check so I could leave as quickly as possible. What should have been (and highly desired to be) a 4-course comfortable evening with friends, devolved into a nearly 3-hour waste of time. For such a restaurant to have required reservations, having planned a set menu, this was a horrible, wretched experience. Perhaps it was a 'bad night' or sheer coincidence -I don't know. All I do know is that what could have been a wonderful evening into night turned out to be one of the most miserable experiences in my 50-years on this Earth.
Posted: 1/01/2010 • Link to this review
My wife and I wanted to celebrate our upcoming 15th anniversary with a 'nice' restaurant, instead of our usual fare of nation-wide chains. The new Sperata on the square in Lawrenceville was practically perfect. We had a salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. The food was fabulous, the portions huge (we could have easily split my wife's steak between us), and the sauces fantastic. On top of that, the atmosphere was great. The service was slow, however, and I am not sure why. The restaurant was full when we arrived, but was half empty by the time we were eating our entrees. Maybe it was intended, and we are just used to fast-paced places that want to maximize the number of people they serve. This time we didn't mind the slow service, however, because the dinner was the focal point of our date.
Posted: 5/13/2009 • Link to this review
Our dinner at Sperata was one of the best we have had in Atlanta. The food was exceptional, presentation was good and the ingredients and variety was wonderful. We went on a Tuesday night and they could have used another waiter, but ours did a wonderful job. The specials were numerous and our waiter was knowledgeable about them and offered suggestions. Restaurant is in a restored storefront and is a lovely yet comfortable atmosphere. I would recommend for any special outing or just out on the town.
Posted: 8/09/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Everything we put in our mouths was wonderful. The restaurant has the feel and taste of some of the best New York bistros we have ever dined. Everything is always fresh and very tasty. One of our local favorites. We love the cozy atmosphere.
Posted: 4/13/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review