This restaurant has tremendous visual appeal, reminiscent of a European sidewalk cafe with its Old World ambiance. One can't help but have high expectations when dining there. Unfortunately, their cuisine is a tremendous disappointment.
While eating there recently, I started with their Caprese salad. It's hard to fail with sliced tomatoes topped with mozzarella, olive oil and basil leaves. Yet, their version included a sticky, chocolatey goop smeared all over the plate that overpowered the entire salad. So much for that. As my main course, I ordered the linguini al frutti di mare with red sauce. Once again, it was a big disappointment. The mussels, shrimp and scallops were so overcooked that they refused to be chewed. I overlooked these rubbery bits and ate the pasta and the few small pieces of salmon that, remarkably, were edible.
The final insult came with the bill. For two dinner salads, two pasta entrees and one glass of red win, our tab was $70. This is typical of the mindset of Mission Inn management: give them a pretty place to dine and they won't care if you serve them lousy food and overcharge them for it.
If you're near the Mission Inn and are craving good Italian fare, do yourself a favor and go to Mario's Place across the street instead.
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