Jenna's Mediterranean Restaurant
5629 Main Street; Sylvania, Ohio
Tues - Thur 11AM - 10PM; Sat 11AM - 11PM; Sun 9AM - 10PM
Parking in the Rear
Jenna's Mediterranean Restaurant is closed, which is what I thought would happen. Read the review if you'd like to know why it closed up, but I predicted this would happen at some point.
I don't remember just where I heard about Jenna's or who recommended it to me, which is a shame, but one way or another a group of us ended up at Jenna's for an early dinner the other night. It was a real experience.
The best thing Jenna's has going for it is the decor, which is an American vision of what life must be like somewhere on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Jenna's is restful and easy on the eyes, with one exception. The front of the restaurant faces East, so that in the late afternoon as good old Mister Sunshine crosses to the good side of the yardarm the July sunlight catches the glass of passing motorists and sends a wide, bright flash of about 8000 lumens right into the eyes of the unwary patron who is trying to decide between a martini and a manhattan. Then a motorist parallel parked adjacent to the restaurant and turned the intermittent flash into a navigational beacon for the Toledo Express Airport. I'm bringing this to your attention because it's typical of what you'll get at Jenna's. Just when you think everything is going along smoothly, you get the shaft.
We were greeted by the host, who loftily informed us that the lovely Tammy would be our server. As the place was empty and the lovely Tammy was the only woman present wearing an apron and waiting for her cue like the second banana in a burlesque show, his introduction was more than a little specious. For her part, the lovely Tammy did her best to turn our dining experience into a social hour, which I finally interrupted. I confess I'd lost track of the conversation ten minutes ago, I was bored with the menu and I wanted a drink. I was perhaps a little brusque when I inquired if there was any way I could get a drink. Tammy assured me there was, and after I ordered requested instructions in mixology. Ah, well. When my drink arrived it was watery, enough so that I suspect they water the booze.
Getting right to the point, if our host knows anything about wine then I'm Eric Asimov. There wasn't anything special about the wine, and if it won any awards they were all in the 'five dollar and under' category at the Kenton National Coon Dog Trials. Still, I had my hopes up for the food and predictably I got shot down again.
|Jenna's Filet Tips - $12.55|
I was ready to write this whole experience off as the restaurant having a bad day and yours truly being overly critical, then Main Lady got sick. The illness started the night we ate at Jenna's and she still hasn't recovered.
When we arrived for dinner, we were the only patrons in the restaurant. When we left there were two more tables filled, but there certainly wasn't a line of people waiting to get into the place. Maybe I found out the reason for this.
- Ambiance: 6; 8 after sunset.
- Service: 4; could be 7 if the lovely Tammy would shut up and wait on the patrons.
- Food: 0; poor quality ingredients, poor cooking, Main Lady got sick.
Overall rating: 3.
At the beginning of this review I mentioned that it's a shame I can't remember just who recommended Jenna's to me - and it is, in fact, a shame I can't remember. You see, I'd like to send that person a little token of my appreciation, such as a small animal trap concealed within a loose pile of high quality counterfeit money. Something that truly expresses my feelings about my dining experience at Jenna's.