Knowing that we were headed to Napa and not being about to secure a reservation for the French Laundry I wanted to surprise my husband with a romantic dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant gave us a great table outside and the view was stunning. Our 8pm reservations gave us amazing sunsets, no bugs and when it got a little chilly, they turned on the overhead heaters. The staff really knows what they are doing and seem like a well oiled machine. The sommelier visited the table and made a great reccomendation based on other wines we liked and it was a perfect choice. Thats really where the good part ends.
When i go to a restaurant, I want to like the food. That is the point, right? The food was downright bad. There was not a course that we liked. We dont eat like this everyday but do have expansive pallets. We will try anything once but this had little to do with what the food was and more of the preparation. I got the wagyu-it was hardly edible. We were so very disappointed. I have had better steaks at Longhorn. The poached lobster was ok but coming from New England it was just that...OK.
The worst part was that we were there to celebrate our anniversary. The couples on either side of us got very attractive desserts with congratulations (engagement) and Happy anniversary and I was waiting for the same thing withour dessert since I had specifically shared this information when making the reservation and with the Matre'd. To no avail. It was disappointing but we will know for next time.
Overall, go for the view, not the food.
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