If you are looking for a nice, tasty Italian dinner with ambiance and friendly waitstaff, you will be sadly disappointed with Lidia's on the strip. Recently, my family and I chose Lidia's as the location to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday, and it was perhaps the worst decision we could have made. First, we were a 12 top, and although reservations had been made, they were not ready for our table (scheduled at 5:00, their earliest dining time). Once we were seated, the experience declined from there. All parties ordered and appetizers were brought - we ordered fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini and onion - it was almost all onion (cheap!). Bad, but the worst was yet to come. Several of our party were vegetarians, and the waitress (named Ashley) did not know her menu at all. She told me that although the lasagne was a meat sauce, it could be served with marinara - I was surprised, so I placed a back-up order of pasta in case she was wrong. Well, of course she was wrong, and I got to eat my first taste of beef in 5 years, which completely ruined my appetite. Two other members of our party ordered salmon, which was brought to the table and then taken back for no apparant reason. Those individuals sat for over 15 minutes waiting for their food, and it was not brought out until everyone else had finished dining. After these errors, everyone at the table was a bit uncomfortable and upset, and our waitress then started avoiding our table. She never returned to ask how anything was (i had to carry my rejected dinner across the floor to give to her at a computer station where she was hiding). In short, the food was average or worse but the service was the absolute worst that I have ever had. The evening ended with my mom asking the waitress to wrap her leftovers, to which she made a brush-off motion with her hands and said, ""someone else can help you, ok?"" We were comped several meals, but that can't make up for ruining our once-a-lifetime event. AVOID LIDIA
Cons: No parking, awful service, mediocre food.