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“Uppgraded from the former location”
Review of Sergio's Caffe

Sergio's Caffe
Ranked #9 of 109 Restaurants in Grass Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Sergio's has been ion Mill St. for years, but used to be in a very narrow, small space across the road and down the street. They moved to this much larger space less than a year ago. They also expanded their menu with the move.

We've been to the new version about four times, for lunch and dinner.

When you first come in, you notice that the interior is very attractive, with a dark-wood bar, dark wood floors, and nice light fixtures.

There's a small waiting area to the right of the door.

The people working the hostess desk are all friendly and helpful.

There's a row of very big potted trees down the center of the room, separating the bar area from the dining tables.

The food comes reasonably fast and while entirely unremarkable, is tasty and served in average amounts. There's nothing on the menu that you won't find in any other Italian place in this town, or any other.

OK, here's what we'd fix if we were king and queen:

The walls are bare. There's nothing to catch the eye. Vast expanses of empty wall above the tables. We assume that they plan to put something there, but when?

The tables, likewise, are bare. Dark wood, but not distinctive in any way. No tablecloths. No place settings when you come in - each table has a folded cloth napkin on it and you get your silverware after you're seated. It gives the impression that either they weren't expecting us, or they don't care enough to make the place look welcoming when you first come in. For a place like this, they need tablecloths and set places.

Because everything is bare, the noise level is considerable. More than we're comfortable with.

There's a nice outdoor eating area out front, built under the overhang of the supper floor of the building. During the winter, you expect it to be empty, of course. But in warm weather, all it has is tables and chairs. No planters, no greenery, nothing to soften the edges and make it look enticing. I'd put planter boxes full of geraniums on the railings, or pots in the corners, or something to draw the eye. It looks like a prison dining-room, with tables and chairs behind an iron railing.

We like that Sergio is on duty every evening, circulating through the room, stopping to chat with the diners. We like that the serving staff are friendly and efficient. We like that the bare-bones shell of an attractive, enticing, appealing dining room is present and could easily be completed with a little attention to detail.

We wish Sergio would add some distinctive dishes to the menu, something that would make us want to go THERE for it, something that is unavailable or not as good anywhere else locally.

We wish he would finish the decor of the interior and exterior, with something on the walls, plantings, whatever.

We wish we could see a nicely set table with a tablecloth when we first walk in.

Oh yeah - and in the winter, we wish he'd put a heavy curtain across the entry so we don't get frozen by blasts of cold air every time people enter and leave.

Will we go back? Probably. The food is nice and it's a good location. But it could be sooo much more.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Have had dinner a number of times and lunch today at Sergio's new location in Grass Valley. It seems like every time I go Sergio has improved the facility a little more. We ate outside for lunch and the service was great. I had the spaghetti and meatballs and my mother-in-law had a guacamole and shrimp sandwich. Unfortunately, if you ordered the spaghetti, you would disagree that this is an Italian restaurant (and I am not positive it is). While the meatballs (4) were quite tasty, the pasta portion was small, and the sauce tasteless (seemed like just fresh chopped tomatoes with no herbs). Nontheless, this is good, fresh food and the service is great. All at a reasonable price. Try it yourself!

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Stopped in for lunch during Gold Rush Days. Service was great, despite small staff. Pesto pasta, which was a side with my grilled chicken salad was amazing. Daughter had salmon with pasta which she also enjoyed. Sort of a bistro feel. Inside was fairly cool on a hot day.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

The food is great here! And if you're lucky Sergio himself will wait on you. A small patio area is available in the front if you wish to dine with your dog. The patio is on the primary street of Grass Valley so it can be a bit noisy though. I would give this place a 5 star rating except for the level of noise, both in the restaurant and on the patio.

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Thank BEatGV
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I got the impression that Sergio’s has two modes of operation one for locals and one for tourists. We got the tourist treatment. My salad was a small handful of lettuce with some dressing nothing else. The spaghetti had two tablespoons of sauce that was not very good a half a bowl of pasta and three small meatballs that had no flavor at all. My wife and daughter had flavorless sandwiches that looked like they had been run over by a bus and would not qualify as a half a sandwich anywhere else. Then they did their best to get rid of us, they took my daughters plate before she was finished. Since we were all still hungry it was lucky for us that three doors down is a wonderful Ice cream/ candy/gelato shop go there and skip sergio’s.

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