My wife and I had the occasion to stay overnight in Pleasanton for personal business 22-23 February. We like to eat well in an upscale atmosphere. Generally, when we are in Pleasanton, we prefer Hap's. The food is always very good and the drinks made well. The wine selection is excellent.
The décor consists of lots of medium color wood paneling with subdued lighting throughout, which presents a subtle, but rich ambiance for gracious dining.
We can't eat like we used to so we decided to share the main course, but have individual salads. All menu items in Hap's are priced as separate entres. I find this is standard in most Pleasanton and Bay Area restaurants.
We started off with drinks. My wife no longer drinks alcoholic, but enjoys tonic with lime. I am a solid Manhattan drinker and had one of those. I would say that my Manhattan needed more sweet vermouth, but, overall, it was good. Hap's prepares their own cherries by marinating Maraschino cherries in a special, heavy syrup, I think. Very good. They are similar, though smaller, to the Bordeaux cherries I buy from Oregon.
For salad, my wife had the evening's special salad which consisted of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil with oil and balsamic vinegar. My salad was the wedge salad with blue cheese dressing. Both were hard to beat.
We shared a 16 oz. prime rib dinner which was done to perfection. Hap's offered a nice selection of sauces to add to meals and I selected a roquefort fromage [French for cheese]. It was very tasty and added a very nice zestiness to my prime rib.
I had a glass of Hidden Ridge 2009 cabernet with the meal. I favor Napa cabernets over any other, and was not disappointed. The French have nothing on Napa.
Overall, I think the prime rib is the best meal I have had in three visits and look forward to visiting Hap's again. The service was very good. My wife is good about remembering names, but I generally don't pay attention since I don't hear well and knowing a server's name wasn't something I learned growing up. It wasn't done in the 1950's and 60's. Name tags sufficed, if names were important. So, I cannot recall our server's name, but he did a fine job nonetheless.
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