El Paseo
El Paseo

El Paseo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elpaseomillvalley.com/
  • Phone: 4153880741x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily:
    Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Preston Clark
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Inquire for more information.

    adel@elpaseomillvalley.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blithedale
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is located on the street as well as a pay lot at the corner of Sunnyside and Miller.
A word from El Paseo
In 2009 local Mill Valley residents Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar partnered to take over the restaurant. Seeking to maintain the historic charm and integrity of the building and gardens, they planned and designed a complete restoration of the storied interior and exterior spaces.
We are very excited to bring a local institution back to its former glory.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
El Paseo reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (86)special occasion (86)fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (65)notable wine list (49)great for outdoor dining (48)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had my birthday celebration last week (Wednesday.) We sat in a booth which was very comfortable We have eaten at this place before in the bar area and it was on a weekend. Our experience was that it was very busy, very noisy with tight quarters. We could not get reservations for the main dining room. I am so glad we gave it another try!!! A whole new experience during the week in the main dinning room! It was quiet, very romantic, great service and THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not worth the time or money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This restaurant is not what Mill Valley wants or needs. The menu is HORRIBLE and, even though it calls itself a chop house it has very few selections for either beef or chops. On a Tuesday night there were very few people there......and rightly so. We left after having only appetizers and went around the corner to Bungalow 44 which had a short wait, was very active, and had a full and diverse menu. While there, we ran into another Mill Valley couple who said they disliked El Paseo and had stopped going there long ago. We have lived in Mill Valley for decades and are greatly disappointed. From our standpoint it is wasted space, and key space at that. As a Chop House, Tyler Florence could take lessons from Cole's Chop House in Napa.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Popovers
    RobW
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were first served a Popover.. which looked and tasted as if it was from the day before, just re heated. They were chewy, and not crisp, as Popovers should be, I know, I make them, and have made them for years. Other than that, the food was great, and the Chocolate Coconut Cake was the best desert I have had any where. Of the 4 in my group I decided on the Bernaise Burger, I believe if you can make a good Burger, all else will be good as well. It was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • skogrunner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've lived in Mill Valley for 35 years, but this was my first visit to El Paseo, a Mill Valley institution. Service was outstanding, as good as I have ever witnessed at a restaurant. Prices are high. El Paseo has pretensions of being a first-class dining experience, with some hits and some misses. Among the hits, my wife says that her steak was the second-best steak she has had in her life. My scallops were excellently prepared as well. Among the misses, not all sauces work well with the dishes, and there are some creative but odd combinations of ingredients. In any case, you won't be bored by the food. Atmosphere is romantic, and perfect for an anniversary celebration or anything else special with your loved one. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    ServiceIsKEYVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a great dinner but was forgotten outside by server and needed to walk around the place a couple times to find her. Ordered a dessert that came to the table missing an important item, sorbet, but the server insisted the cream was the sorbet. I needed to get the menu and show her that it was not on the dish, and then she blamed it on the pastry chef. At that point half the dessert was gone and it should have been taken off the check. Good food but very poor and amateurish service for a restaurant this nice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • as advertised
    Jonhx
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    read lots of spotty reviews before trying it for myself. pretty much lived up, and down, to what was being said. food was pretty solid, service was not. had an 8:45 reservation, wasn't seated until 9:20, and that happened only because i checked in again and seemed to 'remind' the host that we existed. no offer to pick up our round of drinks in the bar. french-accented waiter was super heavy-handed on the upselling of the $160 wagyu and exhibited a lot of 'tude when we opted for the $80 cowboy instead, despite ordering a $110 bottle of wine as well. sammy and tyler, might wanna check in during your next stopover. or maybe you don't care, which is pretty much the vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a different experience from the newer Mill Valley establishments that have overreached and haven't had service or ambiance to match the meal. El Paseo has it all: superb service from the moment of being greeted; outstanding and innovative cuisine; terrific wine list; and a magical setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Annual Visit made Exquisite
    DavenMarquisha
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This will be my 2nd review, since we visited El Paseo on our anniversary last year. What was nice was JoJo our fabulous server from last year remembered us, and we were treated like very special guests. We did note that a Saturday night is not like a Wednesday night, and the place was buzzing. We enjoyed the complimentary gazpacho and popovers but would have liked a 2nd try at the popovers (mmm!). Everyone enjoyed their entree choices; my only "complaint" if you can call it one, is that there was no single rib eye steak choice. They do offer a 32 oz. cowboy ribeye for two (but my wife loves their bacon wrapped filet mignon, so I was out of luck). Service was just outstanding, especially during a slammed Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and delicious
    Lori
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at El Paseo. The restaurant is charming and romantic. The service was excellent. The food was outstanding. We had the lamb shank and béarnaise burger with a side of creamed spinach and all dishes were prepared perfectly. I am looking forward to going back again soon. The wine list was impressive as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid b-day treat
    WorldDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife and daughter took me to El Paseo for my birthday. This is one of our favorite places in the bay area and we had another fine meal. My daughter and I had the Bernaise burgers (had been wanting to try for awhile) and the burgers and pommes frites were outstanding. My wife had the salmon, and while it was good, it was bit small (portion wise) and slightly dry. Panna Cotta for dessert was a home run. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charmingly Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This lovely site serves up deliciously fresh and interesting food. I had an appetizer I've never seen before on any menu (baked avocado!) and a fish entre that was beautifully prepared. Service was excellent and meal was very reasonably priced. Definitely a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner at El Paseo
    glr1VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Normally I would give a disappointing restaurant a second chance, but not this time. The service was mediocre - the glass of wine my husband ordered never arrived and it took us forever to get the waitress to collect our check. On the food front, the popovers were delectable and my husband's risotto tasty. My meal tasted as if the salt shaker had been dumped over it in the kitchen. By the time my dinner reappeared hot and tasty, my dining companion had long since finished his. Neither of us enjoyed watching the other sit and eat. The manager did politely comp my meal but then we had the waiting forever to pay fiasco. El Paseo is a lovely, romantic venue. But we won't be back or recommending it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodncharmVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    El Paseo has the most charm, wonderful service & great food! Very SPECIAL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good vibrations and food
    lovelyevening4us
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent rapport with server and host, who enjoyed tasting and evaluating the wines we brought. The salad and entrees were delicious, as were the desserts and appetizers. The ambience is very romantic, and the noise level was low. We could not hear the conversations at neighboring tables. The single-candle birthday treat for dessert was presented without unnecessary fanfare.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As Usual Excellent Food, but...
    Eichler4LoversVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were made to wait for over 20 minutes to be seated for an 8:15 reservation. Also, the maitre'd could try to be more welcoming. Also, it looked like several groups that came to the bar after us were seated before us...perhaps they had earlier reservations but seemed unlikely. While table service and the food is always excellent, the greeting at El Paseo in our experience is less than a warm welcome. Of course, we will continue to come back as it is one of the premier spots in Marin, and food and ambiance are special.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent meal in a lovely setting
    SFEats
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband, best friend and I had dinner here on Saturday night and it was delicious. The atmosphere, service, quality of food and wine selection were all top notch. We will surely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but for the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been going to El Paseo for 30 years and proposed to my wife there 9 years ago. We went last Saturday to celebrate our 9th anniversary. The food, wine, and service were excellent and why we always go to El Paseo. Unfortunately, our dinner was actually in the Wine Bar and it was incredibly noisey and un-romantic. Great restaurant but you need to specify where you sit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Paseo
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Normally I would be glowing about El Paseo. But this time we were NOT happy. We had a table of six (translating to hundreds in sales). We sat outside in the patio, on a nice summer evening. Nearby us was a table of 6 adults whose children were allowed to run wild around the dining area, their screeching echoing in the adjoining passageway. It was like being in a schoolyard at recess. The staff was NO help, not a word was said to the parents as they talked among themselves with no regard for others. This went on for an HOUR Since the staff would say nothing I finally said to a parent "Please?". One parent took that as his opportunity to become confrontational. Had the staff done their job and addresses this problem. Our Dinner... RUINED!
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  • Love this restaurant!
    MTC72
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been here 3 times and it has become our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. We had the 32oz Cowboy Ribeye with a couple of sides and it was well worth the price. We only ate half so we actually had 2 meals from it. Our only complaint is the price of a soda. I understand that focus for beverages will be on wines and other assorted alcohol, however, to pay $4 for an 8oz glass of soda that is filled with mostly ice is ridiculous! Also, they do not refill the soda for free, so we ended up paying $24. Considering that we ordered 2 appetizers, 2 desserts and the 32oz $80 Ribeye, sodas (that cost the restaurant very, very little) the refills should be free, but we will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ambieloo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place is so beautiful-- I would go there no matter what the food was like but the food does happen to be wonderful also. The service is impeccable. The only con is that the meals are on the smaller side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed it all! We had received lack luster reviews from friends, but had to try for ourselves. Everything was perfect. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bday dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had a fantastic dinner here for my birthday. Expensive but you get what you pay for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El paseo tp
    Toddyguard
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    El Paseo was absolutely fantastic. The service and food was great. The quality of the ingredient in our meals was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited choices for a chophouse
    MVDino
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went there for the famous porterhouse, which was not on the menu. Only two options for steak were a $120 filet or an $80 ribeye (two portion). They were also out of a few appetizers when we arrived -- 8:30 seating. We were excited for a great meal, but left a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and exceptional
    Michele
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This cozy spot in Mill Valley is simply excellent. The food, the service and the ambiance are at the very top.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was really relaxing and romantic
    Lucy90
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was great. I can't remember the last time I went out for dinner and just relaxed. It's a very good restaurant for a romantic dinner date night or celebration. Every course we are was delicious and flavorful. My favorite was the bone marrow appetizer! Thank you for your wonderful service :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had expected more
    catsnout
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The salad, side and desert were excellent. The lamb shank was not - full of fat and covered with sauce. I even found a couple of bone chips. We had asked for a quiet table and were put in the lounge. There was no one at the bar so no noise coming from that part of the room. We had dressed for the occasion because it was our anniversary. It was disappointing that almost everyone in the room had on sneakers which was not the fault of the restaurant but i wondered if the other room would have been more upscale. Definitely not a SF experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a reservation for 6:30 pm and it took until 8:00 pm to get the main course. Even though we had a nice time at the restaurant this was a big negative.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality Food in Enjoyable Setting
    sonofabaker
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Impressed with the ambiance, decor, and staff friendliness. Stated with baked avocado w/shrimp and jicama, cilantro and lime. Delicious. Followed with butter lettuce w/green goddess tarragon dressing. A highlight. My wife had the Berkshire pork chop with pork rinds and pork belly. Wonderful flavors, but pork was dry for my palette. I had a wonderful lamb shank-the best I have tasted. Braised to perfection. Finished with an outstanding raspberry panna cotta. Complimentary since we were celebrating our anniversary. We ate early on a Monday and I suspect the noise level goes up during busier time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kicked out for a fire next door
    rebeccas99
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    to no fault of the restaurant itself, there was a fire next door and we were asked to leave. before we would have my friend's birthday dessert with candle. the restaurant was closed for everything by the time we got back in and they comp'd nothing for us due to this issue. pretty bad.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a culinary treat !
    BonnieH200
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband took me for to El Paseo for my birthday. We had a fabulous meal and I couldn't wait to return. I was dreaming about the popovers served with dinner and couldn't stop thinking about the deviled eggs. We returned for our anniversary and once again weren't disappointed. The food and service are always outstanding. The setting is romantic and the seasonal ingredients will delight the palate of any foodie. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was execting so much more
    MarinFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Front and bar service were excellent, but our wait service was slow and unattentive. My wine glass stood empty for over 20 mintutes before someone asked if I would like another. Food was just ok. We left disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be back
    chrisVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Some of the best service at a restaurant we've had in a while. Everyone, from the server to the person bringing the food and the bread, was empowered and had knowledge about the food. Great attitudes as well. Food was great, too. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Major Disappointiment
    Cisco
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A few years ago I had a memorable evening at El Paseo and returned for that reason to celebrate an anniversary with friends. What a let-down. The ambiance has deflated from uplifting to flat. After an hour long wait, the scallops arrived cold and over-salted and were returned to the kitchen. The roasted corn risotto was tepid and gloppy. The wait staff was embarrassed and apologized however the Maitre d' was disinterested and dismissive. All of this added up to a very expensive, bad dining experience. We will most definitely not be back.
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  • Charmingly good experience
    BBelichick
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Not doing steak house kind of restaurants was turned around by this experience at El Paseo. Wonderfully quiet and charming with quality food and service made it a pleasant dining experience for three friends to talk at length without intrusions or any breaks in good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Disappointment
    PartyofThree
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The popovers were very dry and tasteless. After seeing tables that arrived after us being served I asked the Host where our food was. We only had entres so to wait 40 minutes is absurd The side of smashed potatoes were not smashed, the mashed potatoes were ordinary, the pork chop had additions of pork chips and fried pork belly....OVERKILL??? The lamb shank was way too salty. There was no appology for the delay, no extra indulgence for being overlooked and a poor display of craft. I definitely would NOT return.
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  • ONE OF MARIN'S BEST . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant is very romantic, located in an old brick building covered in ivy (downtown Mill Valley) that's just oozing with charm. We started with the DEVILED EGGS with ham, potato crisps and mustard seed ($10) this was very good * STEAK FRITES, a Bar steak with roasted onions, truffle fries and watercress ($32) my wife said this was prepared perfectly and was one of the best she's had * BERKSHIRE SMOKED PORK CHOP with nectarine & fig mostarda, chicharrón ($35 ) this was good (a little dry) but a far cry from my favorite Pork Chop at Boulevard Restaurant in S.F. * We had a few glasses of the 2006 Côtes Decastillan Château Joanin Becot - Bordeaux France ($17 per glass) which was incredible. We'd recommend you visit and enjoy yourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and Rustic
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I went with two friends. Some dishes were excellent, but others fell flat. The wine was good, but expensive. The service was patchy and the restaurant was noisy. I may return, but not at peak dining times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great NY Strip
    ranall
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I do not usually order NY strips as it is not my particular favorite cut, but I was tempted by the description the waiter provided and Im glad I pulled the trigger. It was an outstanding steak. My girlfriends braised lamb shank was also excellent, altogether a great meal.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our dinner party was comprised of 3 adults and 1 child. The food was outstanding along with attentive service. My steak was prepared exactly as I instructed. The ambiance was perfect. We all enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend El Paseo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.