07/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was last at Dmitri's many years ago, maybe as many as ten years. It was fantastic. I was there recently, and I cannot believe how bad things have gotten, yet they were able to open another location. The octopus, their signature dish, lacked the robust flavor I remember, and it was dry--not the worst I'd ever had, but certainly on the far lower end. The service was pitiful. No, I don't care that the tables are close together, or that it's loud, or that the staff need to squeeze around to serve you; in fact, these things appeal to me because they make me feel like I'm not in America, and add to the experience. No matter what you eat there, Dmitri's is now an American restaurant: Portions are HUGE, and include bland sides that aren't worth the effort; they squeeze your entree onto your table before you're done your appetizer--two quintessentially American practices that ruin a meal. The amount of food I imagine they throw out each night must be abominable. Doggie bags should be unnecessary in a good restaurant, and you'll see many leaving Dmitri's, I believe out of a sense of duty by some customers. Larger portions with less flavor are usually a sign that a restaurant is going under. I wish Dmitri's would get back to its origins before it becomes completely American...that is, closed.