Wingnut
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  • Review Count
    3
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    February 18, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 14, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
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Wingnut's Reviews
 
Chalkboard restaurant, open May 2013 under Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, offers a modern small plates menu emphasizing seasonal and technique-driven fare. McAnelly sources much of his menu from local purveyors and farms, with many ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own dedicated 3-acre vegetable and herb garden located at nearby Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards. Highlights on the daily changing menu include crudos and tartare, house-made pastas, just picked salads, roasted and grilled meats and seafood. The dining room has been completely remodeled into a contemporary and welcoming space with an open kitchen, new banquettes, hardwood floors, hand-forged iron finishes. The bar has also been renovated to create a lively environment with new finishes such as a Carrera marble bar-top. Offerings of local wine flights and an extensive list of wine-by-the-glass are a major focus at Chalkboard, as well the cocktail menu inspired by fresh ingredients from the Chalk Hill garden.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best meal of our trip
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2006
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This restaurant has it all. Some of the best of food I have ever had. Period. No hyperbole. Terrific, friendly, knowledgeable service. A true fine dining experience. Go now."
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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Spoonbar Chef Louis Maldonado serves a menu of clean and simple dishes honoring America’s diverse culinary influences. His artfully-crafted, market-driven cuisine of fresh, bold flavors is built around seasonally-inspired local and sustainable ingredients. The same focus carries over to Spoonbar’s cocktails which use specially sourced organically-grown herbs, fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on locally and domestically produced spirits. <br /><br><br><br />Freeform tables made from reclaimed acacia surround a long, communal table crafted from a split tree. Splashes of color—from the turquoise Eames chairs to the golden floral three dimensional wall art—brighten the open space like dappled sunshine filtering through summer leaves. On warm days and evenings the restaurant’s Cantina doors open up to sidewalk dining.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Pretentious and Disappointing
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/11/2014
 2006
Dined on 03/11/2014
 2006
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Spoonbar takes itself too seriously. The decor is lovely and open, with modern design and lots of natural woods. It has terrific glass walls and a great patio area.
Our server was young and poorly trained. He came by too often, and finished by screwing up the bill by overcharging us by 50%.
While the appetizers were tasty, they were very froo-froo, so much so that we stick with appetizers and did not order any main dishes."
Dined on 03/11/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
-1point
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There are plenty of good Italian restaurants. But <br />very few combine great food, friendly service and <br />affordability all in a comfortable family atmosphere. <br />At Luciano’s, we put them all together, so you can <br />relax and feel right at home.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Best part of the meal was the bread
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/15/2014
 2006
Dined on 02/15/2014
 2006
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Turns out Luciano is a chain, a sort of lesser Macaroni Grill. While the warm bread was had an unusually good taste and texture, all of the entrees were bland and the Caesar salad was drowning dressing. Even my son's penne arabiatta had no space at all."
Dined on 02/15/2014
 2006
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