mother's dayOur visit to 231 Ellsworth for Mother's Day brunch was pleasant and an altogether positive experience. I expected to pay more for an exceptional dining experience, but I was disappointed that they found it necessary to gouge us in the wine pricing ($18.75 a glass for a $40 Argentine cabernet?). I left the selection to our servers, so it wasn't as if I had asked for anything out of the ordinary.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers DayThe food was amazing. My lobster salad was great but the venison that came after was incredible. So good. Couldn't say enough about the deliciousness of the food.
This was our first trip to the restaurant and while the food was great, it was clearly not a good place for a toddler. The servers clearly had no experience with placing items on the table in front of toddlers.
Was told there would be ala carte option for the toddler we brought. This was not the case on the day of the brunch and it forced us to rush through meal to get out asap to find some food for our child.
Didn't meet service expectations and still force charged $33 gratuity on top of $179 bill for 2 people.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food.We really enjoyed this place. We each got the three item menu where you pick three things from the menu. Everything was great. We've eaten at a fair number of Peninsula restaurants and this was one of our best meals.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's a nice experience, but...I came to this restaurant a few times over a year ago and each time the food was phenomenal, the service outstanding and the entire experience worth paying for. This last trip the service remained outstanding and the experience was nice BUT the food wasn't phenomenal. It was very good, but not fantastic and I have come to expect fantastic from this restaurant.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDon's take!We arrived at the reservation time and were promptly seated. The restaurant wasn't very busy so that maybe the reason. They have a pre-fixed menu with a choice of dinners from 3-5 courses. They also had a wine pairing for additional $$ which did compliment the dishes we
ordered. I thought that the food was well prepared and some of the dishes, partridge in particular, unique and nicely done. The servers and staff were attentive and we had an enjoyable evening for our anniversary!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOriginal, imaginative foodOriginal, imaginative food creations. Choose the tasting menu and prepared to be surprised! Went with a group of 7 and everyone liked it, including the vegetarian.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMA special place for a beautiful,A special place for a beautiful, elegant meal. The service is well paced and professional.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMNice high-end meal. GreatNice high-end meal. Great that they had a separate menu for vegetarians, as wife wife eats no meats. Very attentive service. All of the food was well prepared and nicely presented. Certainly not cheap, but worth it for a splurge.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA very nice experience! WeA very nice experience! We came for a special date and felt pampered the entire evening. Our four course choice turned out to be about seven with all the little extras that were sent out. We will definitely be returning.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch with greant ambianceThe food was excellent. Chocolate gnanche was the best I had so far. I had the Angus New York strip which was decent, but could use more flavor. Howeve,r the sea bass that my guest had was awesome. The salads were very good as well. The portion was just right, not too much and not too little. Service was great. Will definitely come again to try some of their lighter dishes.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMChris and team really spoliedChris and team really spolied us what a fabulous night with Spike and Patrick. We did 2-5 course and 1-3 course at the table. Two of us did wine pairings which were fabulous. Really great service and a fun visit from Chris.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMSupport your local establishments!231 Ellsworth continues to fill a much needed void in the SM downtown (or Penninsula for that matter) dining scene. The food is well prepared and of the highest quality. Service is impeccable and the wine list is outstanding. Prices are very reasonable (both food and wine) given the effort involved. I work in the area and dine out regularly in SM. There is no question that restaurant turnover is a big problem - it would be truly ashamed if this were to happen to 231 as it's clearly a couple of notches above all the rest.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, attentive service.Excellent, attentive service. The food was excellent and there were a bunch of little treats from the chef along the way.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM