So it turns out that just because a restaurant is on a list of restaurants you “have to visit,” it doesn’t mean you should. We found this out the hard way.
A friend and I saw a list online named 15 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Florida Before You Die. So we looked and saw that Le Tub wasn’t too far so we figured we’d check it out. It’s been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was voted Best Hamburger by GQ Magazine. So who’s to doubt that it would be a great experience?
We were incredibly wrong. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant it was complete chaos. There was no clear path of where to go and waiters and waitresses kept walking past us as we stood around with confused looks on our faces. When we finally asked we were told to seat ourselves. Then we noticed the toilet seats. Ah, got it!
Now, I’m not really a fan of this kind of seating arrangement because you end up having people kind of hovering around you as you eat in the hopes that they can swoop down on your table the second you get up to leave. But either way, after a few minutes we found an empty table (that had never been cleaned off). The decor was quirky and seemed like it could be a really cool experience. There was also a really nice view.
But after minutes of waiting, with staff passing us by with obviously no intention of waiting on us, it became clear to us that we weren’t going to have the great experience that we had hoped for.
Finally, someone came by and told us that although he wasn’t our waiter he would take our drink orders since our waitress was busy. After a bit he dropped them off. Our waitress came by and asked if we’d placed our drink orders and we said yes. Then we waited. And waited. She never came back. She passed us and I made eye contact with her a few times, but she did not come back at all for the rest of the night! Luckily, the guy who’d been kind enough to get our drinks, came back and took our order. We learned his name was Jorge and he was the only good thing about Le Tub.
The “nachos” that we ordered as an appetizer were stale, and I’m pretty sure we got chips from the bottom of the bag because most of it was crumbs. We also waited for over an hour for our burgers, which weren’t even spectacular. Don’t get me wrong, they were big and well flavored. But they were definitely not all they were hyped up to be.
And did I mention that the staff were completely rude and vulgar to each other? That was interesting, to say the least. I’ve never heard staff yelling and cursing at each other the way they did at Le Tub. They were telling each other off constantly, and right in front of us! I wondered where the manager or owner was during all this craziness. Turns out the owner is also the cook! I couldn’t believe it. I think he definitely needs to get out from behind the grill and instead needs to focus on his staff and make sure they provide better customer service.
There is no way I would go back to Le Tub. I honestly can’t believe it was put on a bucket list of places to dine in Florida. It was a complete disappointment.
Have you ever been disappointed by a “must-visit” location?