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“Good food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ukiah Garden Cafe

Ukiah Garden Cafe
Ranked #7 of 98 Restaurants in Ukiah
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Laguna Niguel, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

All three of us had different meals and all were good including pasta, fish and chicken. The person who lives in Ukiah comes for the fish.

Visited June 2014
Thank Michele S
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English first
Martinez, California
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210 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

From the outside, the Ukiah Garden Café doesn't look like much: a non-descript building next to a pretty grungy looking hotel. What a surprise! Very spacious on the inside, softly lit, with big booths with slightly deco-style backs. Potted plants scattered around. Cream color walls with a burgundy ceiling, giving it the feel of an old-fashioned steak/chop house. There is a separate bar that is quiet and dark, with soft blue lights behind the bar. The woman at the bar makes an excellent martini. The bartender and the 2 waiters we saw all have similar features, so we guessed everyone there is family. The service was friendly, attentive without being intrusive.
We shared a blue cheese salad, and it was wonderful, with mixed greens, tomatoes, beets, onions and a nicely tangy blue cheese dressing. My wife skeptically ordered the bacon-wrapped filet mignon. She was skeptical because for $24 for an 8 ounce filet she was worried that either it wouldn't be a genuine filet, or that it would be poor quality meat. Her fears were completely unfounded. It was a perfectly cooked, very flavorful filet. Maybe not quite butter-knife tender, but very, very good. She said her baked potato was crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. I had a 14 ounce rib-eye, which would have been a good value at $23 even if it wasn't so incredibly delicious, but it was. Well marbled, great deep beef flavor, and also very well trimmed. The rice I ordered seemed to have been cooked in chicken broth, a nice touch. Both of us enjoyed the lightly sautéed spring vegetables. Our only "complaint" was that we had no room for the homemade cheesecake for dessert. This has got to be the best restaurant in Ukiah, maybe in the valley.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Steven C
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northern california
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142 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“1 of our favorites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

This family owned restaurant is consistently excellent in food quality service.the bar has been improved earning an excellent review from me! Love it!!

1 Thank kirsten
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

On Honeymoon looking to satisfy late evening hungry and found just the spot. Definitely recommend as we made the stop on the way to San Francisco.

Thank James A
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Morgan Hill, California
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56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place with excellent service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

This is a long established restaurant. We were there on a Friday night about 6, and the place was half full. By the time we left there were people waiting. There were lots of locals. The menu is varied and what we had was well prepared. In spite of being very busy the staff was upbeat, smiling and acting like they enjoyed what they were doing. The place was a little noisy, but it was because everyone was having a good time and enjoying themselves.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Jim J
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