Brose
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  • Review Count
    11
  • Helpfulness Votes
    6
  • First Review
    November 17, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 24, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.2
 
 
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Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Large portions - good value
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2000
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2000
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Had dinner with friends. Service was good, and portions were generous, so we had leftovers (and we are usually very good eaters!). Pasta was good, salads were tasty, but my veal was not as tender as I'd hoped. Good location near the Bay."
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2000
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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The term “AQ” (“As Quoted”) often appears on classic restaurant menus to describe fresh, seasonal or specialty items. For this restaurant we extended this concept one step further—As we update the menu to reflect the freshest produce, we also gradually transform the interior of the restaurant to reflect the palette and tone of the current season. Executive Chef/Owner Mark Liberman showcases the quality and diversity of local produce, meats, fish and dairy by employing classic French technique, elegant plating and an unwavering commitment to flawless execution. We offer a nightly 4 course Prix Fixe menu, or our spontaneously inspired tasting menu.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Sophisticated cuisine
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2000
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We tried the chef's tasting menu and it was very interesting, well presented with mostly hits and a few misses. First, for a pricey restaurant, it was unusual not to receive a complementary amuse bouche to start, but maybe I'm being nitpicky because there was plenty of food (12 courses) beginning with small bite appetizers. The uni & avocado toast was very interesting (a bit too salty said one of us), the charcuterie was good, but the smoked trout with buckwheat and kohlrabi was superb! For the entrees, we thought that all the choices were quite good - we particularly liked the kale & foie gras in the broth made from chestnuts & crab (unusual combo that really worked well), the skate with apples and smoked bacon and the duck confit. Desserts were also creative - the beet, coffee & goat cheese ice cream was a standout and although we like the doughnuts and chestnuts, it appeared we got chocolate instead of toffee, but it was still tasty (although a bit doughy).
Bread & butter plates sat empty (a bit confusing) until we got into the entrees; the bread and butter were both excellent.
Service was generally very professional, except that no one poured our wine and no one asked if we wanted coffee with our dessert course. When we did ask for coffee, we got only 1 cup for the 2 of us but that was quickly remedied.
We were impressed by the sophisticated food preparation and the service and hope to return during a different season."
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Bella's notorious homemade pasta, cozy & inviting atmosphere and friendly service await you. We feature cusine from Southern Italia- slow cooked sugos, braised meats and various carpaccios.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Consistently great pasta dishes
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2000
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This Italian restaurant is the real deal. On a cool evening, you feel like you're in Italy, with house made pastas, different sauces, waiters from Italy, and a friendly owner who is delighted to share his food with you. We enjoy generous salads to start, often with some olives, or antipasto or meat balls to start the meal. All of the different pastas are cooked perfectly with sauces that are terrific (and varied); a few entrees, including a grilled trout, are also good. We enjoyed the fettucine with osso bucco and the special ragu sauce. House baked bread dipped in a tomato and olive oil sauce is also a nice part of the experience. This spot is a go-to dining experience."
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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La Vecchia Cucina has been Santa Monica, California's finest neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1990, located by the blue Pacific on historic Main Street. Whether you're in the mood for a quick lunch, a full course dinner, an evening snack, or something in between, La Vecchia Cucina offers outstanding Italian cuisine, a great wine list, a luxurious selection of desserts, a full bar, great service and a relaxed atmosphere. News: La Vecchia Cucina is NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH all week.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Enjoyable food but too noisy
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2000
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2000
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
"Our group of 6 had a nice evening. Food was good but it's so noisy it was hard to converse with people at the end of the table. Big salad and starters. I enjoyed the branzino and others enjoyed pasta with sea urchin. Service was good."
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
0points
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Discover Garibaldis on Presidio, the perfect neighborhood restaurant, pleasing loyal locals and jet-setters alike for 22 years. Garibaldis on Presidio epitomizes the 'quintessential neighborhood restaurant'. With a dining room stylish yet comfortable, service professional yet friendly and a seasonal Cal-Med menu loaded with reliable favorites. Garibaldis is the rare spot perfect for anything from a first date to a family supper. Devotees return again and again for the generous portions, great wine list and specialty cocktails served at the cozy, full bar.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Consistently provides very good food and service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2000
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Once again we enjoyed our dinner here. Great cocktails, large portions (from salad to entree to dessert) and good service. Although slow to start (we waited awhile to place our drink orders) it was understandable because this place is packed even on a weeknight. Once our orders were in, the pacing of service was spot on. The beet salad is very good as is the caesar salad. My hubby enjoyed his calamari entree and I found the braised short ribs to be incredible - the large portion had very tender and flavorful meat that had no trace of fat. I usually clean my plate but I was stuffed and brought some home for a treat later this week. We shared the budino dessert which was good and had delicious coffee before walking out the door. Do make reservations as this neighborhood stalwart is always deservedly busy."
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Spruce welcomes you into a warm and inviting 'neighborhood' restaurant that feels sophisticated yet relaxed, comfortable, and formal. Enjoy a glass of Champagne by the fireplace in our Library; unwind and dine in our spacious bar and enjoy our extensive spirit selection; experience the pleasure and richness of our formal dining room lined with dark brunette mohair for a multi-coursed meal.<br /><br />Chef Mark Sullivan highlights his classic American seasonal menus with ingredients from local farms and ranchers while Wine and Spirits Director Andrew Green has crafted an exquisitely rounded and extensive wine selection to pair your every need.<br /><br />We at Spruce, the sister restaurant of The Village Pub in Woodside, look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the neighborhood. Let us excite your senses and arouse your expectation. We await the opportunity of taking detailed and gracious care of your time with us.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Consistently outstanding service and food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2000
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2000
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Four of us enjoyed a leisurely dinner. Our cocktails were perfect, and service was attentive. From excellent salads (try the mustard greens!) to start through delightful entrees (fabulous lobster three ways, steak, pork loin and sturgeon) we all enjoyed the presentation and cleaned our plates. Bread was served along with butter (some restaurants only serve bread on request or for an additional charge). Ambiances is chic and dark, and tables are spaced far enough apart so that you never feel like you're eavesdropping on your dining neighbors. Although expensive, this is a lovely place for a romantic evening and also a perfect place for a business dinner. Valet parking is available so you don't have to scour the neighborhood for a spot."
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2000
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great service and food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2000
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We enjoyed a leisurely dinner to celebrate our birthdays. Cocktails are imaginative. We shared crabmeat remoulade (nice tarragon notes), crisply fried sweetbreads and tasty chicken wings to start. Duck confit and quail as entrees were both filling and tasty. When I asked for bread to sip up the sauce I received two large slices of a wonderful rustic bread. Dessert and coffee were also very good. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Hayes Valley."
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Blowfish Sushi is an eclectic sushi bar and restaurant that serves both modern and traditional sushi, and sashimi, as well as salads, cooked appetizers and special desserts. The menu style is Asian Fusion and emphasizes clean, pure healthy foods. We have an extensive list of imported sakes and our own original line of sake cocktails. Our upbeat and unforgettable atmosphere is one of a kind, creating an atmosphere of excitement. Our restaurant and sound system have been specially created to give the impression of "feeling the sound" while allowing conversation to be acoustically transparent. We continuously show Japanese animation films for your viewing pleasure. Colorful original production cells, used in the making of various Anime feature films, decorate the walls. These cartoon images are considered an art form in Japan and are extremely popular in many countries. Come Eat to the Beat! Blowfish Sushi.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Quality and Creativity
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/01/2014
 2000
Dined on 12/01/2014
 2000
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I am usually indifferent when it comes to sushi, but I was really impressed by the combination of excellent quality fish, beautiful presentation and creative combinations offered by Blowfish Sushi. From our drinks (sake cocktails and beer) through appetizers, sushi and hand-rolls we were wowed. Loved the tuna/salmon/avocado tartare! Also the very spicy tuna roll. Sushi was so tender, fresh and tasty. Service was also great, clearing plates, refilling water glasses, explaining the presentation for some of the items and just generally attentive. I'd go back in a heartbeat."
Dined on 12/01/2014
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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This beautiful original Art Deco building began as the Lincoln Grill in 1928. Since 1981, it has been The Elite Cafe. Since its inception, The Elite has served exquisite food with the flavors of New Orleans. Our current menu continues this tradition but with an emphasis on seasonality, the freshest local ingredients, and a lighter touch in our preparation. From the original mahogany booths to the beautiful full bar to the unsurpassed people watching on the Upper Fillmore, The Elite Cafe has something for everyone. We now offer HEATED-OUTDOOR Dining. Enjoy Brunch, Dinner, or a glass of wine while experiencing one of San Francisco's most exciting Shopping & People-Watching streets.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great brunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2000
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our group of 8 had to wait to get seated for our reserved table, but once we sat down we enjoyed our brunch. From bloody mary to coffee, deviled eggs, pancakes, hot egg dishes (great Alabama scramble!) to cinnamon/sugar donut holes, everything was tasty."
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2000
Special Features: great for brunch
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Join us for Valentine's Day at Nico with a 6-course menu for $85. Wine parings will be offered at $50 (standard pairing) and $75 (premium pairing). We require a credit card to hold reservations for this special occasion. If cancelled within 24 hours of the reservation, a charge of $30 per person will apply to the card on file. <br /><br />We offer a carte blanche 3-course or 5-course menu that changes nightly, along with pairings to complement the evening menu. Bites and a la carte selections from the nightly menu are available at the small 5-6 seat bar. In addition, we offer wines by the glass, bottle, and low proof cocktails. Corkage is $38/bottle.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Interesting wine pairings
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/18/2014
 2000
Dined on 11/18/2014
 2000
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We celebrated a birthday with a lovely 5-course tasting menu coupled with the wine pairings. First, the cocktails are amazing - "faux" bourbon made with rice wine that was wonderful and a very nice sangria. The dungeness crab was light and so fresh! Favorite was the pork belly - decadent. The wine paired with the pork belly was a bit off-putting at first - had a "freshly mown grass" taste and aroma but it mellowed and was actually a perfect complement to the fatty rich dish. Our server quickly provided an alternate wine when he heard my comments, which I appreciated. The fish was delicate and very flavorful and the cauliflower dish with mushrooms was a big winner. I am not crazy about pomegranate (dessert) but my hubby loved it. I must say that the bread is terrific - big slices with a wonderful texture served with butter - yum! Also, I found that some dishes needed a little bit more salt and our server quickly brought a dish of sea salt that allowed me to season to my taste. All in all, a lovely evening."
Dined on 11/18/2014
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
+5points
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