- by bromanstein on 06/30/2011
I moved to Atlanta (Midtown) about a year ago, and since then have been exploring restaurants in the area. I went to Shout about a week ago on a date for drinks and sushi. The atmosphere was strange--overdone, pretentious, nearly empty (we arrived at 7:30 on a Thursday) and the air conditioning seemed to be off. We were then seated at a table right next to a group of men who were loud, drunk, and not very polite. Out of all the open tables, we had to sit next to three men clapping obnoxiously and shouting. Our waitress was nervous and awkward, she clearly did not have a lot of experience, and didn't know what a lot of the items on the menu were. She would approach our table very cautiously, smiled nervously and talked under her breath. It was all very strange. On top of that, we ordered the calamari (it was alright, nothing special) and then each ordered a different type of sushi. I ordered the rainbow roll, and my date ordered something of the special menu. Our food came unexpectedly quick-- it looked good, but it was alright at best. Definitely wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything to brag about. Later that evening (about 5 hours after we returned home), I began to feel very nauseous. After an hour of feeling to my stomach, I finally couldn't take it any longer and ended up in the bathroom getting sick multiple times that evening. My date, also reported feeling somewhat sick to his stomach but not nearly to the same degree (he had a few pieces of my sushi). In conclusion, AVOID THIS RESTAURANT! What started as a fun date-night, turned into an awkward and very bad food experience. There are SO many great restaurants in Atlanta, do not waste your time or money here.
- by NYCfoodsnobinATL on 02/14/2011
I am extremely hesitant to write a less than flattering review for a restaurant as I'm well aware of the impact that it can have on the operation of the business and people's livelihood. At the same time, if a review is way off base then the free market will take care of itself and people will ignore it and the bad review will look like an outlier. With that said, I've been to Shout about a dozen times and the last few times the experience has deteriorated. On a recent visit I ordered some sashimi with my lunch which was never brought out with my meal and when I said something and was told they would take care of it - they did so by charging me for it and bringing out as our party of eight had paid the check and had our coats on and were walking out the door.\r \r Now to today's experience which is beyond the pale. In applying baseball rules, three strikes and you're out: Strike 1) On a Monday early lunch you would think the place would be as clean as can be but apparently their version of clean is to put black napkins on top of crumb and stain filled tables (we actually moved tables and the second table was worse). This means the linens from the night before (or earlier) were still on; Strike 2) The spicy tuna mixture was gamey - I had a piece and felt sick and had to spit it out (sorry for the bad visual) - I actually smelled a second piece just to make sure I wasn't overreacted and it was bad tuna. That tells me they wrap up the tuna mixture from the nights before and don't make it fresh every day which is not just gross but flat out dangerous; Strike 3) took close to ten minutes to get a pair of chopsticks; Strike 4) when I told the manager what I ordered the first time and he said he'd bring it fresh - they actually got the order wrong and gave me smoked Salmon where I explicitly asked for Fresh Salmon which is no big deal except on a do-over I expect it right!; Strike 5) The manager walked past us no less than three times after I had gotten my new food and did not make eye contact or ask me how things were or apologize. \r \r In full disclosure, they did take my meal off the bill, and the waitress did apologize (although she asked several times after the complaints ""is everything still excellent?"" which presumes things at one point where excellent and they were far from it).\r \r Shout may survive because of its convenient location, somewhat trendy decor, and its diverse menu but if it continues down this road with dirty tables, bad sushi, and management that appears indifferent I can't say that it won't eventually lose the business lunch crowd (and other crowds) as a dining experience like this is unacceptable.
- by BoVicAl on 07/18/2010
After having Shout and another restaurant recommended by the concierge to be within walking distance of The W, we chose the other restaurant and headed for the corner. Just then it started raining steadily, and from our sheltered doorway we spied Shout just a few yards away. It was a great twist of fate for us, as we were dining rather early and had teenagers along. The service was awesome and personalized and the menu had a variety of offerings which addressed all of our preferences. The appetizers were fairly basic, but the sushi was great, the steak super tender, and the pork chop with cheese grits and turnip greens was heavenly. The miniature desserts made it too easy to share tastes of a few favorites as well. Hours after dinner, we were still commenting on how great the meal had been. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Atlanta!
- by TheAMGroup on 06/27/2010
A great place to meet up with friends and start the evening not so much for dinning so have fun and dont eat...
- by yesitsme89 on 06/21/2010
This place is just AWFUL, bad service, bad food, bad EVERYTHING. Beside the fact that we waited FOREVER for a table which it wasn't even clean, all dirty still. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AT ALL!!!
- by paredk on 03/12/2010
last year my prom group made reservations at shout for ONE table for thirty people...we came in on time and they didnt have our table for us because another group hadnt left yet even though we made a reservation. Then they made us split up our group into three other tables with my table being served and getting our food while one didnt get food and the other had to get theirs to go because we were late and our table had finished. Food was pretty good and the service wasnt too bad considering, but it was bad when at the end our server told us that it was at least 20$ per person and that if we didnt order more food they would just add the balance to our tab anyway. it didnt say anything about this on their website! By the time it was all said and done we were 3 hours late to our prom because of the terrible service and their not being prepared. i'm sure its great for two people who want to go out on a date, but i wouldnt reccomend this at all for large groups!
- by waltont on 02/28/2010
Shout is perfect for doing everything you want in one place. I love to take my out of town friends there to hang out. You can get some pretty good food. I like their sushi and tapas and you can get a little of the bar/nightclub feel without truly being in a nightclub. The outdoor patio is wonderful on a nice Atlanta night. It's also great for people watching.
- by ATL PoolGirl on 12/02/2009
We ate here in September with the intentions of doing the $10 all you can eat tapas they advertise on the website. We got there a few minutes before 9:00 and were told that the special ends at 9:00 but we could get it if we order quickly. So we started looking over the tapas menu to make our decision. We were all set to order a bunch of food, when our server informed us that the special is for a set menu. OK...... Let's look at the set menu then. Well, the ""tapas"" special consisted of soup, salad, sushi, a slice of cheese pizza, and something else I don't remember. None of this is tapas... Very misleading. Since we were already there and seated, we decided to order off the menu. My boyfriend ordered the short ribs with spinach and polenta. I ordered a wedge salad, beef satay, and shrimp potstickers. We also ordered a bottle of the house malbec.\r \r The wine came out fast and it was decent. The salad came out quickly. It was smaller than I was expecting, but it was good. Then we waited for the rest of our meal. And waited. And waited. Our server came over and apologized for the delay. A large party upstairs had ordered just before us and the kitchen was busy. Hmmmmm... the rest of the restaurant was pretty much empty. What would have happened if they were busy too? Anyway, she was very apologetic about it and offered us some edamame to snack on while we waited. The manager also stopped by to apologize for the delay. That was nice of them.\r \r When the food finally arrived, it was presented very nicely. It looked very artful and appetizing on the plates. The short ribs were very tender, but lacked some flavor. More seasoning would have been good. The spinach was good and the polenta was bland. Granted, it's hard to dress up polenta. Maybe they should reconsider another side for the short ribs? The shrimp potstickers were cooked nicely, but contained no shrimp that I could discern. The overpowering taste was ginger. Lots and lots of ginger. The beef satay was tender and flavorful, but the bed of cucumber salad it rested on tasted like mayonnaise. Overall, our server did a decent job. But the lack of planning on the part of the kitchen was disappointing and the food was so-so. We won't be back for dinner anytime soon.
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