Friday, February 20, 2009

Sweet O Wine & Chocolate Lounge - I do NOT recommend

For dinner tonight, we tried Sweet O Wine & Chocolate Lounge. The "lounge" is located in Westgate City Center, in Glendale. I've been curious about trying this place since it opened.

To summarize our feeling of the ambience in two words - cold and noisy. Two walls are dominated by glass, the ceiling is exposed, and the floor is tile. Not a good combination, resulting in a very noisy environment.

We ordered a Smoked Speck Ham Panini ("Speck Ham, Artichoke Hearts & Fontina Cheese with a Homemade Pepperonata Sauce" - $15) to share. $15 for a panini!!!

The panini was served with a side salad. The panini was "ok", but a bit on the small side (even for one person). In my opinion, a reasonable price for this item would be $8-$10.

For dessert, we tried the Lava Chocolate Cake ("A Dense Chocolate Cake topped with a Chocolate Ganache, served warm" - $8.50). The cake arrived about five minutes after we ordered it. The "lava" part of it was cooked through, but overall, the cake itself wasn't bad. Again, I think the item was overpriced at $8.50 and a more reasonable price would be $5-$7.

Not quite sure how this place is surviving - unless they have some very favorable lease terms (which is very likely).

There was a group of about five staff chatting away throughout the majority of our meal, and on our way out, we didn't get a single "thank you" or "good bye". Not cool.

Quoting a review that I just saw on Yelp:
"Horrible service, overpriced, awful atmosphere!"

That about sums it up for our experience as well.

We will not be going back to Sweet O.

Places mentioned:

Sweet O Wine & Chocolate Lounge
9380 W Westgate Blvd., Suite D101
Glendale, AZ 85305


Yankee1969 said...

Isn't "cold and noisy" three words? :-D
One more reason not to visit that part of town, I guess.

Andy said...


There are a number of good places to eat in the West Valley, but other than Johnny Rockets, there's nothing decent (that I'm aware of) at Westgate. I should have stuck to my original plan of going to Little Saigon.