My last remark to my dining companions as we walked out the door after having a remarkably unremarkable dinner was the people waiting in line to be seated in the café must have more money than brains. This was my first visit to Palena after waiting for years to finally get there and the wait was not worth it. Was everything terrible, such as not being able to hear or understand our wait staff or being soaked with bottle upon bottle of sparkling water without being asked (we should have stopped them) or waiting for at least a half-hour between our salads and main courses or main courses small enough that we had to go home for dinner? No, the salads were terrific. But beyond the salads spending over $150 for food that would have cost half that at Clyde's or the equivalent place with better service and enough food to at least not leave you hungry was money and time not well spent. I'm sorry I didn't wait longer (forever) to finally go to Palena.
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