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Walter Foods - 13 Reviews - 253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211-4302, Brooklyn, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (718) 387-8783

Walter Foods

253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211-4302 (at nr. Roebling St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-8783
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Walter Foods - Brooklyn, NY
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I was so blown away when I went there a few weeks ago. Everything on the menu was absolutely divine. Justin Ernsberger has really done a fantastic job with every entree he present...


Used to be awesome. Used to be... As of July 2009 the ownership and the chef have changed, sadly for the worst. I frequented Walter Foods regularly after they opened. The food ...

First time was excellent...sort of.. 5/16/2012

First off, I gotta say the food was excellent. The hostess took forever to seat us even though tables were open, but the food was excellent.The ambiance was great, the decor is kool and price pioint is ok. I was actually SUPER impressed by the busboy who actually did the waiters job during our dinner. He was a young Hispanic guy and was Johnny on the spot with refilling water for me and my people. The waiter seated us but didnt check in until we asked for the check. We ate and talked for at least an hour. I didnt get her name, but the busboy acted as our server. As he made his rounds he noticed we were still waiting on our food and told us he would check on it for us. Low and behold, he brought it out for us. I would have given 4 stars but for the fact that the hostesses and waitreses left a little to be desired. But once again, the food was awesome!! more

Gonna miss this place :( 9/26/2011

Moving to Harlem, gonna miss this part of Brooklyn. I've been going to Walter Foods for the past three... more

Gonna miss this place :( 9/26/2011

AndyB166ER Provided by Partner
Moving to Harlem, gonna miss this part of Brooklyn. I've been going to Walter Foods for the past three years. It is good. (Sorry for the brief revi... more

Good but needs to work on consistency 4/10/2010

I live in the neighborhood so frequent the restaurant often. If you go on a slow night, you are sure to get a good meal. However, if the place is ever busy, you are sure to get undercooked or rushed food. Point in case - the fillet on a good night can be one of the best you have ever had. On the contrary, if the kitchen is busy - instead of taking the time to cook it right, they sear it on the outside and you get incredibly raw meat on the inside. This has happened every time for me in they are busy. One time I had to even send it back twice - it was not just rare, it was not even cooked. Also, it felt as though I was getting the scrap end of the fillet with alot of gristle. I will continue to go back - the staff is very friendly and the location is very convenient. On a good night, you can't beat it. They just need to work on consistency and get the kitchen staff to put out a good product regardless of timing. My guidance is to go on a weekday night a little early in the evening. Pros: Great atmosphere and service Cons: Not consistent quality food if busy more

Used to be... 7/14/2009

Used to be awesome. Used to be... As of July 2009 the ownership and the chef have changed, sadly for the worst. I frequented Walter Foods regularly after they opened. The food and service was always on point. \r \r The food has dramatically changed, our courses took phenomenally long to arrive (in an uncrowded restaurant) and we were served bad oysters (I believe from Hood Point) after I asked if they were fresh.\r \r Save your money and avoid it for the dismal experience it has become. Pros: good bartender Cons: overpriced mediocre food, kitchen has trouble more

Good, but skip the weekends 1/5/2009

Walter Foods is a welcome though somewhat mediocre addition to the neighborhood. I?ve been three times and will likely continue to patronize the place, but probably only on slow week nights. I?ll repeat what others have said before ? the turn over is SLOW. The best part about the place is the friendly staff that seems genuinely apologetic for the extraordinarily long wait for a table. I?m not opposed to waiting when I know there is something to be gained from it, but I find the food to be nothing special compared to some of the local competition. Pros: Ambience, Food Cons: slow turn over more

ABSOLUTELY the best new place to eat in brooklyn 12/8/2008

I was so blown away when I went there a few weeks ago. Everything on the menu was absolutely divine. Justin Ernsberger has really done a fantastic job with every entree he presents. The surf and turf is so flavorful, and cooked so perfectly, it just melts in your mouth. The interior is also very cozy, and inviting, especially on these cold winter nights. The dark black wood finish, contrasts with the clean white napkins and dinner plates. The servers are very helpful and seem like they enjoy their job. I highly, highly recommend this restaurant. Some comparable places are schillers, pearl oyster bar, and dumont. Pros: everything on the menu is amazing. more

These guys got it right. 11/27/2008

This is my first review on citysearch, but it's also one of the few times I actually felt compelled to write a review.\r \r I LOVE WALTER FOODS. My partners and I frequent this place (our store is right across the street) after we finish long nights at the office. The atmosphere is comforting - makes me wish my living room was Walter Foods. The menu is straightforward and has exactly what I want on it - raw oysters, meat, and potatoes. The specials are on point. If you see fritters on the specials menu, GET IT x's 10, b/c they are food from God's hand. Done and done. And they even have Budweiser! What else could you ask for?\r \r We have been regulars here ever since they opened, sometimes eating here 4 times a week. Don't sleep on this place! You won't regret it. Pros: Freshest oysters in Williamsburg! Filet Mignon! Fritters! Ambience! Dapper wait staff Cons: They're not open for lunch! more

Love the place 11/20/2008

Been to Walter Foods a handful of times and and am confused by the negative comments. I've only had positive experiences there. Is it perfect? Of course not.. They are new, and where most new restaurants miss, they have nailed it. Long waits are expected, especially on the weekends, and they need to do a better job with quoting the wait times..but a new restaurant with long waits is most likely a good sign.. This means they are busy. I don't want to wait either which is why I eat out early in the week. I'm sure they will work that one out. In a neighborhood where service is often aloof, I've found them to be the opposite. Went in with my girlfriend last weekend...and although their kitchen was about to close, no one made us feel unwelcome. This is rare any where in the city.. \r \r As for the comment about Walter Foods menu serving the same tired Williamsburg food, that is a bizarre comment. Where can you get a french dip, lobster club, FULL raw bar(not just oysters) in Williamsburg? Where can you get a real meal after one am in Williamsburg ? I have nevere felt crammed in like most places, and have never felt rushed out. Will be back for sure. Nothing like it in the hood. Pros: Late night, raw bar, not cramped, very friendly, great drinks Cons: Longer waits on weekends, good bar to wait at though more

Charming, cozy nook 11/19/2008

I've had multiple excellent experiences at Walter Foods, and am surprised to see any negative comments here. It may get really busy on weekends, but I think it's well worth the wait. It's such a warm, comfortable place, it doesn't feel like Brooklyn at all. The last time i was there, while waiting at the bar for my table, the (handsome) bartender made a delicious Mint Julep, and made sure I was well taken care of. The food is always delicious, and I highly recommend the warm beet salad. The specials I've tried have been amazing, along with the appetizers, especially the chicken wings. I've always found the owners and the staff to be friendly, even when busy. Since the place has become such a hot spot so quickly, it seems perfectly understandable to find long waits, and busy staff. Pros: ambience, food Cons: could use a third waiter on weekends more

bad service with mediocre food. 11/17/2008

I second the previous comments on the service tip. I could name 3 restaurants at the bat of an eye I would rather eat at in Williamsburg on any given night. If you want something new, go to Marlow and Sons and order one of the specials on any given night. Walter Foods is just ANOTHER williamsburg restaurant with bad service, good drinks and the same tired menu that everyone else seems to be serving these days. Pros: proximity to transportation. Cons: everything else. more

Good, but not worth a Friday night wait... 11/17/2008

Food was really great - \r The wait was absolutely ridiculous. Waited 1 hour, 45 minutes on a Friday night at 10pm, after being told it would be 45 minutes. The turnover here is super slow so I would say don't ever come on a weekend!\r Food was great, very Williamsburg.. Didn't seem to be much far off menu wise from the other places in the area (Marlow & Sons, Dumont, Diner etc etc, which have better service IMO) We tried pretty much everything, no complaints, filet was really yummy. But with the service speed and wait times, I thought the hostess/staff could have at least comped us a drink. Also not very friendly.\r Pros: Food Cons: Service and Wait Times more

Great food, lame service 10/27/2008

The food at Walter is great, but the service is very absent-minded. My husband and I got there before our friend and were seated right away. The restaurant started filling up after that, so I appreciated that we were already seated even though our party was not complete.\r \r We loved the atmosphere, it has an old-fashioned feel which immediately made me feel like we would be treated like ladies and gentlemen, and we were. The waiters wore white full-length aprons and white bow-ties. The host, however, was dressed like any old B-burg hipster, so he was kind of hard to distinguish as an employee instead of a guest. \r \r We ordered cocktails while waiting for our friend. I had a delicious gin Gimlet made with fresh-squeezed lime juice. When our friend arrived, he ordered the GImlet as well, then we sat there for 15 minutes wondering where his drink was. Our waiter passed by our table multiple times without even looking at us; finally we had to say something to a different waiter, who immediately remedied the situation. Unfortunately, this happened again later in the meal. \r \r The kitchen comped us a beet salad, so we felt the situation was addressed, but there was never an apology. Then, my entree came with fries instead of the salad I requested. When I pointed this out, the waiter said he would get a salad for me, but it never materialized. There were three waiters and the place wasn't that busy, so I don't understand why our waiter, though polite, was unapologetically forgetful.\r \r We still really enjoyed the food. I started with some oysters, which were fresh and fantastic, then had the Lobster Club sandwich, which had plenty of tail meat and thick, smoky bacon. My husband had the squash soup and the fried chicken, and our friend had the Lollipop Chicken starter, basically a fancier version of buffalo wings, then the filet mignon, which was very tender and quite peppery.\r \r We will go back, but we hope the service improves. Pros: good food, good value Cons: forgetful service more
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  • It's hard to go wrong with the classics, and owners Dylan Dodd, who also runs Barrio Chino, and Danny Minch, a former bartender at Balthazar, cater to the Williamsburg young things that want to...

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    Mon-Thu 5:30pm-1am Fri 5:30pm-2am Sat 11am-2am Sun 11am-1am
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