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This fine-dining American restaurant, inspired by the Texas Gulf Coast, is located in old downtown Alvin. The restaurant is small, with only 12 tables and three booths, and the low wood ceiling makes it dark inside. The place uses local ingredients, including Texas-grown Akaushi and Wagyu beef. Try the house-made bacon and sausages and the wild game, including wild boar, antelope and venison.
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We arrived at the "Burger Bar" outdoor deck of The Barbed Rose between 8:45 and 9:00 pm on Saturday, 5/26. We noticed the sign at the front indicated the restaurant was open until 10:00 pm. The room was empty except for some employees, so we asked if it was too late to come in. They told us to sit down and that it was not too late, so that's what we did. We proceeded to order drinks and appetizers and then our entrees, all of which went fine. At about 9:35, when were still eating (I, myself, had three scallops left on my $30 dollar scallop entree and half of one on my fork), along comes the check, presented by our server, Kyle Olsov, as, "I'm not sure how you want to split the check, but here it is..." without ensuring we were done with our meals (and it was obvious that we were not since we all still had our forks in our hands) and/or that we did or did not want anything else to complete our evening. I expressed my displeasure to Kyle and then asked for a manager when what we got barely qualified as an apology. It was obvious he was wanting his shift to be over sooner than later. Cory, who was apparently the manager on duty, did come by to see what the issue was, and we reiterated that we don't expect to be rushed out a restaurant before closing time, especially at an establishment that does its best to ensure that it is not a run-of-the-mill chain and also prices its food accordingly. Cory seemed to make light of the situation and gave a half-hearted apology and some half-baked excuses about the kitchen closing. We remphasized that the sign at the door indicates they are open until 10:00pm on Saturday evenings. He did offer us free desserts, which we declined, as we were indeed full enough from what was a meal that tasted very good. We offered that we were not interested in any free items but that we felt we should share our feelings regarding our service that would not be tolerated at any average chain restaurant. The Barbed Rose should be embarrassed at the level of service we received on our $135 tab, and I hope the waiter is regretting not getting the $35 tip we would have left him had he provided the service he should be expected to provide.
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