While I've been going to the east end for years, and there is a reason why I've only been to Dave's just twice in over 15 years. I'm even ok with the annoying reservation policy (what are you going to do, the place is small, and many people want t to eat there), but when the hostess barely acknowledges you when you get there for a 9:45 reservations (after calling frantically for 15 min), then says it will be just a few minutes and don't seat you for another 30 min (it's now 10:15), that does not make you feel warm and fuzzy, just starving. She asked us to move to the bar, and while the bartender saw us approach, he said he will get to us when he got a chance. 10 min pass, and not drink order. Then he says it will be just ""several "" more minutes, before he could even take our order. I realize there were people eating at the bar, but couldn't he just take our order while he was meticulously pooring the olive oil for the people at the bar. I do understand that he's busy, but then don't send us to the bar to wait for our table, when you can't even take our drink orders!!
Pros: Very good food
Cons: terrible service, bad reservations policy, and high prices