|Address:||1300 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751, USA|
Alright. The service was great. Food wasnt bad. They have delicious Fried Oysters. Seasoned well. OK the cons. This place was so small outside at the Eden Bar. It was my first visit and I expected MORE. Thats my fault. I read online that they are subject to extreme weather because its outside. But they could do better than what they are doing. The food isnt cheap. They can spruce the place up a bit. I didnt see a movie so Im not sure about the indoor theater. Tiny doesnt have to mean lack luster. It would have been gravely hot if not for the cloudy day that I went on. There is a rooftop and theres lots of trees, but that wouldnt be enough for me on a hot summer day between 11-5. Would I ever return? Well the oysters are good so. Maybe Why did I think it would be classy? Its a bar, duh! It wasnt trashy. But it was for my anniversary dinner and omg that wasnt the right place to go. Lol I felt over dressed. Tips? Go during Happy hour. Just walk up to the bar and or sit at a table if youre not seeing a film. Please dont over dress. Be comfortable and casual. They have oldies music which was cool, so relax. I think this place is for an older crowd. Parking is tight in the front and its on gravel. They have large fans out side so it did help a little. NO SMOKING which I loved. The theater was packed. You can tell By the wait on food. People want to eat indoors. The bar fills up Quickly.
I was a long time patron (1985-2001) of their film festivals and seeing cult, underground movies. I remember one of my first films was Goin South along with Akira. No one else was playing these classics and forget about seeing a foreign film anywhere else (except maybe 20th Century which was too far away for me to drive). I loved going down to see movies with friends, where we would get several pitchers of beer and some nachos. I also loved being able to purchase movie posters which I would say the Enzian is responsible for my addiction to collecting them. Food here is expensive and often burnt. Service is SO SLOW that you usually get your food right when the movie is ending. However, something happened around 10 years ago which soured my taste for their services. One time I purchased tickets for the film festival and I was running late. I arrived to find a small group of angry people out front who were being refused to enter even though they had their tickets. When I asked what was happening I was told that our seats had been given away. We were offered no refund at the time and I was furious for being refused after purchasing my tickets a week in advance. I later got my refund but the damage was done. I now would rather watch movies at home. I can get things off Amazon which even the Enzian cant get and all in the comfort of my own home with better food and cheaper prices.
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I recently went to a film showing and was disappointed in several areas. I lived 2 hours away and called the day before and asked if I could reserve a seat. I was told "no" that I had to get there early. I got there two hours early and was told it was sold out. I asked them to recheck and they found there were actually 2 tickets left-that everyone else had bought tickets on line! I was miffed because Id not been told I could get ON-LINE tickets. I didnt see that option on their link. A number of people drove up to get a ticket but were turned away. When the event finally started, there were numerous unfilled seats. The "service" for food and drinks was EXTREMELY slow and once the initial order came, no one came back for reorders. The prices were outrageous ($9 for a hotdog!!). After the show, they had an autograph session outside at the bar. I thought I was going to choke to death! The air was THICK with smoke! Ill not go back until the bar area is "non-smoking". It was the only place to sit and have a drink before or after the show....
Its a shame that a place that purports to be a refuge for cineasts and shows films one cannot find in mainstream theaters has so little respect for the movie-viewing experience. The owners are more interested in the food service aspect than the cinema aspect. I went to the Enzian for my first time to see THE GREAT BEAUTY on a Wednesday night. I could never sink into the movie as they do not turn the lights all the way down because servers are constantly swirling about throughout the ENITIRE film. Also, the staff in the kitchen off on one side of the room are extremely noisy and seem to have no respect as far as keeping things quiet. There was a lot of loud slamming and noises coming through the wall as well as people joking around and cutting up with each other. I will not be back. I prefer my film experience pure and have no need to have all the comforts of home when I go to the cinema. Its not my living room/kitchen and I dont expect to pay $8 and have that kind of environment when I am trying to have an experience with a film.
This place is absolutely breathtaking. Ive been here twice now. I went the first time for the 2016 Oscars back in February, and I went last night for a triple feature. I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, an adaptation of the film made by little kids, and a documentary of the making of that adaptation. The seats are great. Ive sat in the lean back seats that have sweet arm rests, and Ive sat on a high top-ish booth. Both are very comfortable. They also have a more traditional high top stool with a back and it looks comfortable, but havent sat in them yet. The food is surprisingly awesome, too. All in all, Ive had the parmesan truffle fries, the chicken bacon ranch pizza, the raspberry beignets, the chicken quesadilla, the peach gorgonzola pizza, and the banana chocolate hazelnut pizza. All very good. All worthy of a 4 out of 5 star restaurant. Add that to the theatre with the decently sized screen and the good audio and the beautiful 4K projector, and you get a place that makes me wanna come back over and over again.
The idea that one will go to The Enzian and experience top flight motion pictures in the Indie vein or Foreign/ Art pieces will more often than not find themselves pleased with the results. If the theater goer has expected to experience a Thomas Keller Per Se menu and appropriate dining experience that individual would be an idiot. The Enzian simply does not have the facilities nor staffing to provide the type of food available in top flight restaurants. Its a movie theater, not a culinary experience. The wine may as well flow on tap. That said, to make any derogatory remarks about the food you had eaten would be to say that you were inconvenienced by the seating of the Lamborghini Veneno you just climbed into. Its not designed for comfort. Get the idea? So shut up. Enjoy a great, yet not widely distributed film (in the U.S.) and just hope that the popcorn isnt stale, you culinary miscreants.
I have been going here with my family for years now and it has always been a friendly experience. The food is good and always good films. This is like my favorite movie place. Tonight however Im not happy because me and my family had to wait half the movie to receive our food. During the movie I had to come out to ask what was taking so long on my cup of soup and they just said its coming. Then I never got my dessert until the end when they asked "oh you still want it?" Our fries were cold and they took them back but they didnt apologize or offer to remake them. At the end they did take my dessert and fries off but they did not sincerely apologize for the bad service we received. They didnt even apologize to other customers who complained. I will go back in hopes they improve.