Inspired by the modern Italian enoteca, Alloro Wine Bar and Restaurant’s goal is to serve simple, authentic Italian meals paired with some of the finest wines available from Italy and Oregon. Along with a variety of handmade pastas, the chef uses only the freshest seasonal produce, seafood and meats to ensure each dish has the quality to accompany the wines offered on their list.
WTF? This Has Never Happened Before
WTF - Never Happened Before: Three of us went here to play golf and got referred to this restaurant by a local musician who played at the restaurant we went to the night before and was playing at Alloro tonight. We were joined by a long time Bandon resident and were being served by an extremely friendly, knowledgable and professional server who engaged us in stories about our various golf experiences. The restaurant is small and one of our group, who owns and runs a small restaurant in Maine was 'animated' about the restaurant and his experiences playing to golf courses at Bandon Dunes, and was conversing with the musician, who seemed grateful that we had come to this restaurant based on her recommendation. Midway before our meal, before our main dishes had been served (after a lengthy wait), one of our servers advised our table that we were being 'too loud' and to quiet down, which we thought we had. The member of our group who had been 'warned' about being too loud showed our server a draft of a FB post -- "I own a restaurant in Maine, and the food is great, but the chef just told me to be quiet." whereupon the owner came to our table and told us we had to leave and threatened to call the police. When asked by the member of our group who lives in Bandon what the problem was, the owner got very belligerent and then called the police, while telling us we had to leave immediately. Both of the other servers and the musician shook their heads and rolled their eyes, appearing very embarrassed. (The musician apparently told the owner she would never play there again.) After more back and forth, the owner told our friend to leave the restaurant and called the police -- for what? being too loud and appreciative of the music? I have been in related food service businesses for over 20 years, and In addition to our friend who currently owns and operates a cafe in Maine, another of our group has been insuring restaurants for the last 40 years, and we all understand the stresses of running a restaurant. The fourth member of our group, being a local, is very familiar with all of the local dining establishments in the area. All four of us said we had never experienced anything remotely like what happened. This owner went completely off the rails tonight. As for the food itself. It was good, not great, and the service (but not our server) was quite slow. Our server was excellent, the ambiance was very pleasant, and we were all having a very enjoyable experience until the owner flipped out. Both the menu and wine list are solid, but not exceptional. There are plenty of local restaurants in Maine, where I live, that are similar, and offer great dining experiences, which this seemed very similar to until the owner chose to make a huge scene. For anyone who has read this far, all I can say is that this owner should not be running a restaurant if she can't handle a scene like tonight. She was an embarrassment to her staff and rude and confrontational to her patrons. You be the judge whether you want to spend your money in an establishment where the owner is so disrespectful of both her employees and customers.
Firstly, I must say the food was pretty good. The reason I’m writing this review is the restaurant is open from 4:30 to 7 PM respectively. We didn’t notice the closing time and so I made a dinner reservation for 630 and before we were even finished with our main course, they were wrangling tablecloth’s, and getting set up for the next day. I was waiting for the vacuum cleaner to come out. Apparently ordering our food at 6:30 PM was considered tardy as they were out of scallops and pasta puttanesca. What can I say except the early bird catches the worm! Price for 2 with wine $200.00
With some other favorites in Bandon closed we found this good Italian restaurant. Small but nice inside; don’t let the exterior fool you.
Big prices Small portions Average (at best) food i had the Bolognese; my son's recipe is far superior; small portion but that's alright since it wasn't very good. Had bites of the other diner's dishes; nothing I'd order again. Waiter was the high point of the evening.
We found a gem amidst the franchise jungle
Surprisingly good. The chef, a woman, is quite competent. In the spirit of Italian cuisine she does show off vegetables the way they should be. The decor is quite simple and elegant, mostly whites, white table cloths, small tables, a very intimate setting. A nice touch began with the appetizer that day: an oyster shooter: One raw oyster submerged in small cocktail glass in sake, lemon juice, and chopped ginger. Very tasty slurp! I opted for the sirloin. It was perfectly medium rare, topped with fried broccolini, roasted brussel sprouts, oyster mushrooms, and finished in a rich demi-glaze. My wife was served a hefty steak-like piece of halibut, king oyster mushroom, broccolini, atop risotto. We shared a very tasty lemon tarte. Excellent. ~tiaotse~