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During the 1980’s, 1990’s, and early 2000’s, my wife and I dined at Cloyde’s frequently during our regular visits to Naples. Although we hadn’t visited Naples during the past 8 years, we recently moved to Naples permanently and decided to dine at Cloyde’s to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary on June 26th. Although it is the “off season”, we were surprised to see so few people in the restaurant.
My wife’s prime rib was cold (including the au jus, asparagus, and baked potato). My blackened mahi-mahi, baked potato and asparagus were only warm. The mahi-mahi was definitely not fresh; it was dry and tasted “fishy”. At no point did our waiter, Eduart, stop by to ask us how our dinners were. My wife was finally able to get his attention and asked him to heat up her food. He took it, but brought it back within two minutes; it was now warm (at best). He did not visit our table again until we had “finished”. My wife told him her food was still cold, but was finished eating. He offered to put a new slice of prime rib in a “go box” which seemed strange, but she accepted. He then asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu! We declined. At no time did he apologize for the poor food quality. Nor did the manager visit our table to express his apologies or offer to correct the situation.
If the above entrees and service had been of acceptable quality, we would have overlooked the skimpy salads, soggy stuffed mushroom caps, and $11 glasses of wine (KJ chardonnay). Although the revised floor plan was an improvement, it is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Coincidentally, the very next morning, we read a review of Cloyde’s in the Naples Daily News. The reviewer must have dined at a different Cloyde’s, but the article did state that Cloyde Pate sold the business two years ago which may explain the decline. With so many excellent restaurants in Naples, we surely won’t be visiting Cloyde’s anymore.
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