I know that this is a chain place, but I figured I’d give it a fair shot, especially considering I’ve never been to a Red Robin before. It’s new to Lafayette, so why not give it a try. We started with some fried pickles. They were decent, but I really wasn’t that impressed. The breading didn’t really amaze me. Not very well seasoned, but the overall flavor was decent enough for me to not feel bad for paying $5 for some pickles.
Moving right along to the most important part. The burgers and fries. It was a pathetic effort, but considering it’s a chain place, it was kind of expected. Chain joints have to appeal to every audience, so seasoning goes right out the window. The patty had no flavor at all. The burger I ordered was a firey ghost tavern burger. This supposedly spicy burger had no flavor at all. Even the sauce that was supposed to make it tasty and spicy failed to do so. The fries, even though they’re endless, weren’t seasoned. I even got the garlic and parmesan fries and they weren’t good. Overall, the food was boring and way too expensive. My burger was $10 and not worth the money at all.
I liked the decor of the restaurant a lot. Considering the place is brand new, it’s still very clean. There’s multiple vintage art pieces on the walls, such as a big collection of painted on VHS tapes and another similar installation with cassette tapes. The booth we sat in was pretty comfy. The volume level was too quiet though. I don’t recall any music being played. I could hear the kitchen, even considering I was pretty far away from the kitchen overall. Other than that, everything as far as the atmosphere was fine.
The bar was quick to get our drinks out, and considering the restaurant wasn’t busy at all, our food coming out quickly wasn’t surprising. The appetizer coming out before the entrees is always a good sign, but this is a chain place, so there is likely a fair bit of technology in place to prevent that sort of thing. Still, a good pace on everything. I cannot attest to how they fair on busy night personally, but I’ve had multiple friends tell me that it’s very slow on a busy night and the food took longer than 45 minutes. I’m not letting that affect my score, but I figured I’d let you know.
This was the most redeeming aspect of the entire experience. The server that we had was fantastic. Very personable, friendly, and good at communicating what was going on. She got our drinks quickly and was prompt in getting things we needed. What’s funny is that she was a little awkward at first, but quickly warmed up to us and completely normal from then on out. I know it seems like a strange thing to point out, but little quirks like that are the things that make an experience different and more exciting. I’ve been to restaurants where the service has been great, but I couldn’t tell you anything about the server other than they were good at their job. This was different. It was nice to see someone with some good personality that felt unique.
Okay, here’s the easiest sentence that I can use to describe Red Robin. The food is not worth it. Look, don’t get me wrong, the experience was decent enough, but if the food isn’t happening, then I’m not going to go back. Burger joints come in droves in Lafayette, so unless you’re bringing some heavy guns to the fight, don’t expect to last long. I do not give Red Robin to survive, but I’ve been wrong before. Maybe they’ll surprise me. All I know is that I likely won’t be going back any time soon.