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“Nice ambience, excellent food”
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Cuisines: Italian
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Newbury Park, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Nice ambience, excellent food”
Reviewed 15 June 2011

Right on the square, quiet, great food, all you could want.

  • Visited March 2011
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1 Thank dHwoman
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San Antonio
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“WOW! Dinner and Ambiance was spectacular”
Reviewed 22 August 2008

What a gem. We found the restaurant listed on trip advisor without any guest comments and decided to take a chance. Located in a trendy area of Concord immediately adjacent to the public square, we arrived to find a jazz festival going on in the square. Great music, well mannered crowds sitting on the lawn of the park. We entered the restaurant and chose to sit on their patio. August night, cool, light breeze and a fountain adjacent that combined the sound of a waterfall and the music from the square. Just set the mood for a great evening.

Wait staff was attentive and professional. Cocktails were well prepared and delicious.

We were a party of five including an 11 year old. Our entrees ranged from filet mignon and prawns served with a merlot reduction sauce and mashed saffron potatoes to tortelloni in a creamy pesto for our young dinner guest.

Not only did everything LOOK beautiful but the taste was uniformly savory and flavorful. The menu included a vegetarian selection and numerous fish, meat, pasta selections. Our neighbor table was recommending to us a fettuccine and salmon dish that looked delicious, as well.

I opted for the Veal Piccatta and we shared an order of the linguine with cream clam sauce (fresh clams in their shells for garnish around the dish). The filet, mentioned above, was first rate. Every single entree was prepared immaculately, served hot and with flair and I couldn't have found a better culinary experinece if I had driven half an hour to the center of San Francisco and fought the crowds to get into one of the italian restaurants there.

When we finished we walked out the front of the restaurant and found the park in front of us showing an old black and white Humphrey Bogart movie to the crowd on a large public screen mounted on the bandstand (the jazz band had packed up and left). There were stacks of folding chairs leaning against trees for anyone who wanted to take a seat and watch the movie without sitting on the grass.

What an absolutely delightful evening. Thanks to trip advisor, we avoided an italian restaurant named Zio Fraedos, also in Concord. Our hotel Concierge said it was wonderful and highly recommended it, the fellow members at Trip advisor said otherwise citing numerous bad experiences, overpricing and lack of flavor in their dishes.

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There is nothing worse than eating a bad meal while on vacation.

1 Thank LenM
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