3725 Main St, College Park, GA | Directions 3033733.653608 -84.449607
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Monday To Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Avoid this restaurant, Save your money – My family and I visited The Pecan several weeks ago for an aunt?s birthday celebration. I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to visit the restaurant since April of this year, so I was thrilled at the plan to dine there. Unfortunately, the experience was disappointing to say the least. The restaurant itself is much smaller than I expected, yet the overall atmosphere is decent. The decor is pleasing and comfortable. The service was mediocre. The waiter was able to answer our questions about the menu but did not demonstrate expertise about the food, nor did he make us feel particularly welcomed. The food was the absolute worst part of the experience. I ordered the special of the night, which included fried fish, pepper jack grits, and Italian collard greens. Fish and grits is a personal favorite of mine, so I was anxious to taste The Pecan?s version of the dish. The fish was absolutely flavorless, and I?m 99.9% sure that it came from a frozen box (think Gorton?s frozen fish). The grits were stiff and also flavorless. The ?Italian? collard greens were (again) seriously lacking in flavor, and I?m 99.9% sure that they came from a can. I was extremely disappointed with the meal, and the fact that it cost me $28 did not help matters. I can?t speak in detail about my family members? opinions of their food, but ?not enough flavor? was a common assessment around the table. My family members had dishes that included crab cakes, fried lobster tails, and shrimp pasta. I do not recall anyone being impressed with his or her selection. The best part of the meal was the complimentary bread and pecan butter that was served prior to the entrees, and for a restaurant that flaunts high acclaim, this is pretty sad. As exciting as it is to have fine dining south of downtown, this is one place you should avoid at all costs.
POOR, UNETHICAL SERVICE FOR AVERAGE, OVERPRICED FOOD – My wife and I went to The Pecan and ended up leaving the place feeling like we got fleeced.
Arrived at 7:45 for an 8 reservation. Stood at the host stand for 5 minutes while the wait staff walked right by us. Finally, Milton (I think that's his name), who I think is the floor manager came by and told us we'd need to wait at the bar for "another 9 minutes" before he could seat us. Keep in mind the restaurant was not even half full. We waited at the bar for about 15 minutes before we realized Milton had forgotten about us. Went back to the host stand and waited a few more minutes before Milton realized his error. He sat us and we waited 10 more minutes without anybody stopping by our table--I told my wife that if we finished the drinks we got at the bar before a waiter came over we would just leave. We got up to leave and my wife wanted to let the manager know what crappy service we'd received. I went to the car and she spoke with Milton again. He was apologetic and offered to "make things right" and wanted to "buy us dinner". He even came out to our car and begged me allow him to "make things right". We agreed. Things started off nicely, Milton reviewed the menu and made suggestions. They brought out champagne to help us celebrate. I had the pork chop (very good), my wife the lamb (overpriced, forgettable, almost gamey). Milton said the chef wanted to buy us dessert. We said we were too full but he insisted we each order one and at least try them. I had the pecan pie (average), my wife the cheese cake (pretty good). Milton asked if we had enjoyed our meals and reiterated - he must have said this 10 times - that dinner was on him. Then came the unbeilievable, unethical part of the night. HE BROUGHT US A BILL! Apparently only my dinner was on him, not my wife's. We had no intention of spending money there because of the poor service but he lured us back in only to have us pay for a meal!
DO NOT GO TO THE PECAN. AVERAGE FOOD. OVERPRICED. UNETHICAL SERVICE.
Delightful! – I was a bit skeptical of this stylish little eatery when I saw the prices on the menu, but the wonderful service from both the manager and waiter set my mind at ease right away. Things got better when I saw the reasonably priced wine list and down right nice when my wife and I were enjoying a perfect bottle of chardonnay (for less than 50 bucks!). Fried lobster and crab cake entrees were surprsingly, the only things I had complaints about, with both tasting a little too much like they were cooked at Ruby Tuesday. The pecan pie and chocolate cake desserts were very nice, and again, the professional service elevated the overall experience, and almost made me forget about the average entrees. All things considered, I recommend this place for anyone in the area who is in the mood for a nice dinner. but not in the mood to drive all the way to midtown.
GREAT TO HAVE THE SOUTHSIDE, MOVING ON UP! – I grew up in College Park and since the Airport took so much of the "Main Street Area" we have not seen th interest in this small but beautiful little city. The old Feed Store is now a very nice restaurant but The Pecan has taken this to new heights! We had the Shrimp & Grits and a really good salad with a lite vinegar dressing... Really nice. I am looking forward to returning for more of the specials and menu items... Try THE PECAN, we need to FREQUENT and PATRONIZE these wonderful additions to our neighborhood!
Fine cuisine without having to go downtown! – Finally, fine cuisine at its best in College Park. After dining at The Pecan I was thrilled that I could get such an awesome meal without having to travel to downtown Atlanta. The atmosphere is cozy; perfect for a first date. The restaurant is clean and the decor is very appealing. I am dining there tonight for a second time and have no intentions of trying anything new on the menu. I am going straight for the fried lobster tail which is exquisite. It had just the right seasoning and crunch to excite my taste buds. I must admit when seeing it on the menu I thought to myself, "Now why ruin lobster by frying it?" I was wrong. It is absolutely divine. I also had the pleasure of sampling the crab cakes from a friend's plate. You may as well be eating crab right out of the shell. There is hardly any filling. You really get mostly crab. The service was prompt, friendly and pleasant. You have got to visit The Pecan.
Best choice on the South Side – Our new favorite on the southside of town. Revitalized downtown College Park and East Point have several great new restaurants but this is by far the best. Outstanding food with great presentation. Try the shrimp and grits! Flavored teas are tasty too. Always courteous service with a good attitude - they make you feel welcome. A true treat on the southside!
Nice chef driven retsaurant. Pleasant atmosphere – My father and I dined at the Pecan and everything was delicious. We started with an Antipasto and he had a fantastic Curry Ginger Soup with lump crab meat garnish. He doesnt like curry but still enjoyed this soup highly. Both were delicious. The balsalmic on the Antipasto was pefectly reduced and among the best Ive ever had.. I wanted to lick it off the plate. Low class for an establishment such as this but it was truely that mouthwatering. The Lamb Chops were wonderful as well and the special our server Christopher recommended of Blackened salmon with asparagus nicely done and whipped sweet potatoes .I would hope they add that to the menu, The muffins were delicious as well and the butter for em was perfectly whippped we still aren't sure if it had honey , This is by far the best restaurnat cuisine wise on the south side in College Park. An area otherwise full of culinary deprivation.Having not been here before we only managed to save room for one dessert.
The portions were good in our opinions despite what the other reveiwer said. the soup we may offer our opinion we had wished for a bit more for the price but only cause it was so tastey..Additionally there was abundant parking. they didnt have their own lot, but it is a downtown district.
The American idea of huge plates of mediocre food is not what this establishment is about. Dessert was a wonderful chocolate haznut totrte for that alone we would go back. We enjoyed The Pecan and are glad to know we dont have to drive to Midtown for a meal that is a treat to the palate
Eat a snack before you go and be sure to have plenty of money. – My first experience at The Pecan was really not what I hoped it would be.
To an earlier review on this page, I found the parking was fine- plenty of spaces on the street. Also, the environment was really nice within the dining room- I really liked the exposed brick and the overall decor; tastefully done and really fit the building. We were greeted immediately and the hostess proactively gave us black napkins based on our clothing selections.
To the dining experience, I wish I had more positive things to say. It took at least 5 mins for our server to greet the table- far too long for the restaurant not to be but maybe 50% full at best. Our server seemed nice enough however my non-alcoholic beverage glass sat empty for the 15 mins immediately preceding the meal until I asked for a refill. I wont even detail the fact that I had to ask twice for a straw nor the fact that it would be my only refill for the rest of the evening.
My chicken entree was small- not worth the $19 price on the menu. Knowing that portion size is always a risk when trying a new restaurant, I think its very fair to say the restaurant charged me about $6 too much based on the amount of plate showing from under and around the food. One of my two sides was missing which meant another request to the server since this too was not noticed until I spoke up. If you like asparagus be warned, looks like The Pecan gives you all of 5 with your entree. At the end of the meal, our dishes sat stacked on the table for 10 mins until cleared. After my date's drink, a costly appetizer and two entrees ($19 + $28), we were more than $60 in the hole and unfortunately I was still hungry.
When it was all said and done, the food was decent to average but quite forgettable for a first time dining experience. I still want to like this place however the fact that I had to eat a couple of PB&J sandwiches when I got home ends those thoughts pretty quickly.
Editorial Review – Southside restaurant serves up cajun cuisine with a distinctive soul food twist in an intimate setting.
Establishment Disappoints – I hate to have to call this restaurant out? but here it goes. Interested in holding a wedding reception at the facility, I visited in person and left several messages with the staff and event coordinator, Cheryl, to have never heard back from a single soul. Maybe they were too busy planning that over priced Valentines Day event!
Note, that this was my 1st choice for a reception site. I was introduced to the spot by a family member of the owner/chef who was excited to help the restaurant drum up new business. The restaurant staff mentioned that they were use to holding private events; however, they did not have one lick of information prepared to assist an interested client (me) in planning my event. Black owned establishments already have a stigma for poor service. Pecan, you are playing right into this persona! Finally, I figured that any facility that can not get their act together up-front does not deserve my business! My expectations of a successful outcome on the night of my event were doubtful so I selected another restaurant only blocks away which has been more than accommodating serving excellent entrees and I stress excellent!!
One last point; in order to give The Pecan an opportunity to redeem itself, I invited several friends for brunch. The food was average and over prices, $90 for a group of 4. Waffle House serves a better pecan waffle. To top it off, the bill listed prices different from the menu and later discovered by one of my guests even different from the website!
Good luck Pecan, you have much room for improvement!
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