There were mixed reviews on Urbanspoon about Baltic Amber, but we decided to try it anyway.  It’s a cute little restaurant.  The walls are painted with scenes from the four seasons and they have a lovely patio out back. The biggest complaint we had read about was the service and after our experience, we agree wholeheartedly with all the other reviewers.  From the moment we placed our drink order, we had a feeling it was going to be a difficult evening with our waiter.  Loren ordered an iced tea and when it came to the table it was a very sweet green tea.  Most places will tell you if the iced tea is not what you would normally expect.

The waiter brought bread to the table.  It would have been better had it been warmed.

When we placed our dinner order, Loren asked for a side salad along with his dinner.  The waiter looked very confused and pointed out that his dinner came with a carrot type salad, but Loren told him he also wanted a regular salad first.  The waiter just nodded and went away.  When our entrees were finally brought out, the waiter brought a large bowl of regular salad and the carrot salad that was supposed to be on the plate wasn’t there.


I don’t remember the name of the dish Loren ordered.  It was like little meatloaves with mashed potatoes.  Though they had a lot of flavor, they were burnt on the bottom.

I ordered the combo plate so I could try the different items.

For the most part, it was pretty good.  The potato pancake was cooked perfectly.  The pierogi were potato and cheese filled.  They didn’t have a lot of flavor so I would have liked to have had more grilled onions with them.  The kielbasa, though flavorful, had a really tough casing on it.  I had a hard time cutting through it.  I also would have preferred the mustard to have been on the side instead of already on it.  I’m not a big fan of kraut, so for all I know it was perfect, but I found it to be way too acidic for me.  The last item on the dish was the stuffed cabbage rolls with a wild mushroom sauce.   They were also very flavorful.

Our waiter never checked back with us during the meal.  Eventually, he came by and cleared some plates and then disappeared again.  When he finally came back we ordered the apple fritters for dessert.

This dessert would have been so much better if it had been a bit sweeter.  It came to the table piping hot, but the apple filling was so bland.  At first we thought there was caramel on the plate, but after a few tastes, I believe it was a plum sauce.  Still not enough sweetness in the whole dish.

As if our service experience hadn’t been poor enough so far, he managed to mess up the check as well.  We had a coupon which he took with him when he went to ring up the check and even stapled it to the check when he brought it back to the table.  The problem was, he never bothered to actually take the $10 off the bill.  Eventually, he got someone else to help with the register and we paid our $30 and got out of there.  Though some of the food was very flavorful, it’s doubtful that we’d return due to the overall service experience.

Baltic Amber
552 Clearwater Largo Road
Largo, FL

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