We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Overpriced....”
Review of Ring of Fire Restaurant - CLOSED

Ring of Fire Restaurant
Cuisines: Thai
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Ring of Fire restaurant is committed tosustainability and uses sustainable practiceswhenever possible. We use organic products asmuch as is physically and financially feasible,purchase 100% of our electricity from EWEBrenewable wind power, reduce energy and wastewith in-house conservation policies, filter ourwater with an Aqua-Metrics system, recycleeverything possible, compost approximately 7,200gallons of material every year and implementmany other small changes which we hope willlead us and our customers to a healthier lifestyleand environment. Please join us in theseconservation practices. Thank you for dining withus.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Made reservations for two (Anniversary Dinner) over the phone - was asked if I would like a table inside or outside on the patio. Since it was a beautiful evening in August, I chose the outside "Patio".

When we arrived, the restaurant was practically empty yet we waited ten minutes to be seated. After realizing their outside "patio" was the sidewalk along one of the dirtiest, and most busy streets in Eugene, we decided on a table inside. While the bar area seemed to have decent atmosphere,... The actual restaurant portion was like an old mortuary only less lively. No ambiance at all and reminded me of a bad buffet-chain restaurant from the late 90's.

The menu showed some promise but like with a lot of these Eugene restaurants that are well past their prime, they've taken the simple, traditional Thai recipes and tried to be over-creative and add some catchy veggie or whacky sauce. If there is one thing that Ring of Fire has a lot of, it's these whacky, over-thought sauces that dominate almost the whole menu.

We ordered the lettuce-wraps (chicken), and were severely disappointed. They were so over seasoned that you could not taste any flavor of the meat, just an overpowering citrus and "Meow Mix" aftertaste,....maybe it was Friskies. Even the lettuce was lacking as they gave us the center of the of lettuce, so there was no "wrapping" going on.

My meal was not bad once you scraped the frill off the beef medallions - the meat was cooked perfectly but the sauce was slopped over everything, even the mountain of decorated veggies piled high on the meal. Asparagus should have been tossed out before they cooked it as it was definitely borderline and no way "fresh".

My wife had the chicken Pad Thai which was the only thing that wasn't buried in seasoning. My wife had ordered the "hot" seasoning which was very mild - definitely no zing to it. Overall it was surprisingly bland for Pad Thai and was closure to a retirement center's version than an "authentic" restaurant.

The staff was very nice though - service was good (there were maybe three tables).

Place needs to redecorate and take a look at their menu - quit trying to glitz everything up and over season the hell out of simple meals. Simplify the menu, and quit using the term patio seating - if I had sat outside, I would have been three feet from West 11th and passing cars.
Nothing sets the anniversary mood like eating over seasoned Cat Chow over the roar of traffic and some teenagers blaring hip-hop music.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Autzenduck
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviews (61)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

10 - 14 of 61 reviews

Reviewed 20 September 2013

We ate at the Ring of Fire for dinner Sept. 19, as we always do on our way south from Portland. The waiter turned out to be the manager, who was very, very nice. The service was great as was the Mushroom and Garlic, Red Snapper stir-fry and Lettuce Wraps. We asked for a couple of modifications in the preparation, adding more broccoli and using soft tofu - and behold, the preparation was very well done - just right. They presented my wife a birthday dessert of fresh strawberries and coconut ice cream, made in house. It was perfect! Not grainy, not overly sweet - just right!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Louis G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 May 2013

I know that some people like this place. I didn't like it at all. I thought the food was too spicy and would not go back again.

Thank Suzanne3140
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 May 2013

Our waiter was excellent. We were a party of five and everyone enjoyed their meal. Lots of food (large portions). I thought the specials were a bit expensive. Don't let the location deter you. I appreciated the pitchers of water left at the table.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Ro11WithIt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Ring of Fire was visited on a Monday evening for dinner. Chicken with mushrooms was ordered as an entree, accompanied by a glass of Iris Pinot Noir. The chicken and mushrooms was tasty. The portion was generous: half of the order was taken to-go, finished the following morning as breakfast! The local Pinot Noir was likewise fine, and priced favorably.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank TRS1955
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Ring of Fire Restaurant also viewed

 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing