PaloAltoDiner
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  • Review Count
    4
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    November 16, 2014
  • Last Review
    January 25, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
PaloAltoDiner's Reviews
 
Scratch features American cookery in an elegant setting. The cuisine is based on the premise of simple food done well and draws from American classics reflecting today's influences and bounty of ingredients. Choose from a tender moist braised short rib, rotisserie chicken, or perhaps a selection from our fresh seafood and oyster bar.<br /><br />For beverages Scratch has researched some of the finest vineyards and distilleries in the United States. We have a wide variety of wines and spirits to choose from in all price ranges. Some of our wine and spirits are highly allocated and will not always be available.<br /><br />Scratch also offers a vegetarian menu. <br />
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Three Strikes
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2010
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This place is suited for its many happy hour eaters and drinkers, but not for coming to dine.
Though we came early, the kitchen was already over its head. The wait for food was ridiculous and the timing was a joke. However, the crab cake appetizer was worth recommending. The mushroom flatbread @$15 was just plain dough with nothing special on it. Ordered a salad with regular dressing and grilled chicken; got dry salad with no chicken- and this was exactly 20 minutes after flatbread came, even though we asked for the salads and flatbread to come as close together as possible.
We had been here a couple of time over the past few years and wanted to give it one more chance, since we were going across the street to the MVCPA for a show. Big mistake.
The owner has other restaurants that we frequent. Maybe the kitchen here is just too small for the two massive dining rooms. As for service, there were about four suit types on duty- doing exactly what, I couldn't tell.
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Dined on 1/23/2015
 2010
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The Duck Club Restaurant and Drake’s Fireside Lounge celebrate Sonoma’s bounty. Your dining experience will be driven by local seasonal availability of sustainably farmed produce, seafood and meats. Chef Jeff Reilly has established close relationships with local organic farmers, ranchers and artisan cheese makers creating a delicious and innovative menu. You will enjoy stunning views of Bodega Bay, the Pacific and beyond. Savor the seasonal offerings, serene views and an authentic culinary experience of our Sonoma Coastal Cuisine.<br /><br />Our beverage program is headed by Sonoma County native Director of Food and Beverage and “Wine Guy” Bill Govan who has longstanding associations with many in the local food, wine and farming communities. We have a full bar and offer wonderful local non-alcoholic options as well. Our wine list features almost exclusively Sonoma County wines as we love to support our neighbors who help make Sonoma County the Tuscany or Provence of America.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Wish This Place Was Closer To Home
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2010
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The dining room is spacious, with a view to the Pacific from almost every table. Comfortable seats and a nice fireplace add to the experience.
Every dish was outstanding. The cheese plate offered toasted multi-grain bread, generous wedges of selected cheeses, and complimentary items such as honey, nuts, dried fruit and olives.
The flatbread includes at least five ingredients, all fresh and well-seasoned.
The garden salad was hard to improve on. For the crab cake appetizer, they give three medium cakes. They are all crab, with a thin crispy (panko?) coating to hold it together. Never had better crab cakes- ever.
The organic half-chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans was well-prepared.
The wine selection is ample. Try Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir.
The bread pudding and the chocolate cake were memorable- seems the icing on the chocolate cake is made with a cream cheese base rather than the usual overly sugary thick chocolate frosting.
Service was good. The maitre'd treated us like we owned the place. As for value, the price is right. Where we live, this experience, if you could find it, would be more expensive."
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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la Posta serves fresh, seasonal meals with authentic Italian style. Join us for dinner and select from our pan-Italian menu which features fresh, house-made pastas, brick-oven breads, pizzas, and salumi. We strive to present meals that are farmed and harvested sustainably. Because we serve local and organic ingredients, depending upon the bounty of Santa Cruz' farming community, our menu changes frequently and features an wide array of specials. La Posta’s all-Italian wine list offers a baker’s dozen of wines by the glass or taste, the well informed list includes autochthonous varieties from artisan producers throughout Italy. La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and is certified in the City of Santa Cruz Green Business Program.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Never Missed by Coming Here
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2010
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food and service are all you could hope for. La Posta does not have an interior to match the high quality of the cuisine, but we don't really care because it is comfortable and there is a warm atmosphere created by a service team that are all real nice and competent people.
Worth driving a distance. When ordering, the pizzas should not be overlooked as a part of your meal, but since their bread is the best you will ever taste, plan to take some of the pizza home."
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2010
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Discover for yourself why VIA UNO was just voted Half Moon Bay's favorite new restaurant by the locals and got a favorable nod in the October issue of Sunset Magazine. Enjoy big city taste in small town casual coastal ambiance including a modern-rustic dining room, dog-friendly outdoor patio, private wine room, and full bar. Our authentic 6,000 pound wood-fired pizza oven specially hand-made in Naples for VIA UNO creates light-as-air pizza crusts and our menu features Calabrian specialties you're unlikely to sample anywhere else unless you take a trip to Italy. Our produce is hand-selected from Half Moon Bay's local farms and our Old World-heavy wine list features varietals imported from Calabria. VIA UNO - where authentic Calabrian tradition gets a fresh new locally-sourced interpretation!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Owners: Don't mess this up
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/14/2014
 2010
Dined on 11/14/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"FOOD: More like Italy than San Mateo. Good ingredients, some variety; skilled preparation.
SERVICE: Wait staff friendly and on the ball, owner and management working to see that all is well. When crowded, dishes can come a bit slow.
AMBIENCE: A step and a half above a pizza joint: cloth napkins, decent silverware and stemware, on bare laminate butcher block design tables. Loud in main dining room. Some enjoy the heated covered patio. Views are limited. Right off Highway 1. There is an air of FUN in spite of the average visuals.
VALUE: The management has priced this tactically. It is not a bargain, but it is worth going.
If they decide to raise the prices of food or wine at all, we will stop coming. It's that simple.
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Dined on 11/14/2014
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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