Bari is a continental restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients. Local and global wine list and extended spirit collection. Bari features original paintings by Northwest artists.
Good place to go if you want to hang out for hours!
We ate dinner at Bari's while staying in downtown Salem. The only person working was the bar manager, who made the drinks and served the food. We waited one hour for our house salad, and another 30 minutes for our main course. Food was good but not worth the long wait. We had to ask for our food. It appears to be a neighborhood bar where you can hang out for hours, as the other customers were there before us and after we left.
Thank Goodness we brought our own wine
Thank Goodness we brought our own wine! This is NOT fine dining by any means. We ordered the cheese plate, on a good note, a generous portion, only the cheese was not that great. The fig chutney was horrible! Lets just say we decided not to order any dinner after that. Also on a positive note, staff were trying!
High Prices - Horrible Service - Mediocre Food
No host or hostess. We were told to seat ourselves., even with reservations. Service was non existent. There is no wait staff. The bartender did everything, all in a dirty, stained shirt and shorts. We didn't see much of him. He spent most of his time visiting with other patrons at the bar. I think he forgot we were there a few times. In fact, I had to go to the bar and get his attention to ask him to refill our water and take our order. Even then, it was another five minutes before he came to our table. At the end of the meal, I had to go back to the bar again to ask for the check. The food was mediocre. The noodles were underdone. The cioppino consisted of three medium shrimp, a two ounce hunk of salmon and a hand full of mussels, all served in a watery broth. The charcuterie plate was good, but limited in choice. We were never offered coffee and desert. Considering the cost of our meal, we could have done much better at another restaurant in town. We won't go back.
bait or bacon???
Our appetizers were so sad. We couldn't figure out what would be the freshest. It didn't matter because we couldn't eat the oysters --so slimy and nasty. The house salad was fine but the pear salad that I split with my daughter was too sweet and sticky. We have a hard time evaluating the dinner entrees as it took over 2 hrs to arrive and only appeared after we requested it to go. Everything was quite dry and flavorlous. We didn't really mind as we were completely starving. We were sad as we really wanted to support the local restaurants. Unfortunately the food was not good and service was subpar
While the ambiance of the restaurant is appealing--intimate with the dark wood and attractive bar running the length of the restaurant, we were very disappointed in the meal. I ordered a salad dressed with a "spicy" dressing and hubby ordered the horseradish dressing. Mine turned out to be cayenne-pepper hot (!) while the horseradish was mild. I ended up eating hubby's. Who wants a hot green salad? Not me. I was pleased to see a cioppino, one of my favorites, on the menu. Sadly, the tomato base was acidic (too much uncooked-off red wine?) the mussels were chewy and strong-tasting, the salmon (which I left) tasted oddly of spoiled milk. My husband's ahi was so overpoweringly peppered that it could have been just about anything underneath the crust. It seemed the chef had decided to experiment on a slow night, but the outcome was not a happy one.