Took a business friend and
Took a business friend and she LOVED it. Her newest "recommend" to take clients to to show the local charm.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Although Cabrillo College
Although Cabrillo College cullinary students are the chefs, there is nothing sophomoric about the food or its presentation in the lovely setting of the iconoic California mansion, Sesnon House. The four course menu was innovative and complex; the resulting sensual experience of taste and sight was A+.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The students working here are doing a great job. Bear in mind that they are learning, and not 100% polished, but very earnest. The food is wonderful, the venue is lovely, and the price is right!
The 3 stars for service was because things went very slowly. Apparently, the kitchen was slow and backed up, but it was early in the semester when we went, and they were just beginning to figure everything out.
We will be back!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cabrillo College Culinary
Cabrillo College Culinary student restaurant. It is great to support the campus and students. The most recent meals was very good, I enjoyed the salad, squash soup and the fish. The cauliflower sauce on the fish did not impress me, it overpowered the fish. The creme brulee was very creamy and finalized our meal.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were with a group of six,
We were with a group of six, so we got to taste all the appetizers, most of the entrees and desserts. Every enjoyed ithem all. The only problem was the fish was cold.
We ate in the garden room for dinner and would like to try the fireplace room or outdoors for lunch.
Our waiter was attentive and very personable.
We all had a great time and plan to return in the future.
Thanks for the fun evening.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pino Alto is run by the Culinary
Pino Alto is run by the Culinary class at Cabrillo College. It is housed in a beautiful, historic mansion. The lunch menu changes weekly and dinner changes every three weeks. The menu is quite small but there is always a a meat, fish and vegetarian option. Price includes an amuse bouche, soup, salad, sorbet intermezzo and entree. Servers are students in the program. The food is wonderful and the wait staff is eager. Timing isn't perfect but this is a great meal at a great price.
There is a wine list that includes a few beers. My husband would have liked more choices of wine by the glass.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is an absolute fabulous
This is an absolute fabulous place to have dinner when you are not in a hurry. You have to go understanding this is a college and everyone is learning so the pace is slow and can take 2-3 hours to complete your meal. It is a wonderful place to go if you are catching up with an old friend or are looking for a leisurely dinner. They certainly don't rush you and you are free to linger and talk and take as much time as you like eating your dinner. The night I went the food was absolutely fantastic. From the fresh baked bread to the avacado gelatto everything was delicious. The amazing part of the whole thing is you get this fantastic dinner for half what a "real" restaurant would cost. And they don't have a corkage fee! Too good to be true
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pino Alto is the nicest restaurant
Pino Alto is the nicest restaurant we've dined at in a long long time. Perfect setting; Sesnon House is magnificent. Our waiter, Matt, was charming. The nettle soup delicious, the lamb rib chops supreme. Can't offer enough compliments to the chef and staff. We'll certainly return. Would like to try the small plates on the Terrace. Maybe next week. Sunday Brunch would be a real asset as would Saturday night.
Keep up the outstanding work. Thank you.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a hidden Gem in our
This is a hidden Gem in our small community of Aptos. The students do an outstanding job with food and service. The only regret is that it is not open year round.
I give Pino Alto Restaurant on OUTSTANDING rating, and look forward to what the students are cooking up next.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A learning experience.
Diners should understand that the rotation of culinary arts students results in varying food preparation and service but the effort is good, fun and interesting. The May tapas menu took some explaining for us but the variety of small plates included some very good innovations and only the tortilla espanola was a burnt disappointment. We brought a bottle of wine for dinner which was a good idea because it took a long time to bring a bottle that we ordered from the menu.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A pleasant experience
This is always a fun place to go with friends, It is a "local gem". I wish it was open even more however.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a party of three on a night when the menu was entirely tapas, I think we sampled everything. The gambas and the pulpo were flavorful and tender, the tortilla espanola was fresh and was complimented nicely by arrugala. The desserts were unique and all three were delicious. Would definitely eat here again.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very nice time
This is a wonderful restaurant run by the Cabrilo College Culinary department. The location is a local landmark and the wait service is very enthusiastic and thoughtful. Enjoy!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to support our local culinary academy. Food very good with appropriate food portions. Unique salads. Nice wine pairings.
Service friendly and attentive.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
all is good, but it is a bit
all is good, but it is a bit expensive, so i can not come too often.
food and service was great.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great experience
This was a great experience for us> Service by the culinary students at Cabrillo College, from waiter staff to the chef's, I am looking forward to enjoying this again!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good dinner
We went to Pino Alto in Nov 2013, and we had a very good dinner. The soup was quite good, but not out of this world, hearty, wholesome food, the right thing to start dinner. The salad that came after that was absolutely delicious, quite a treat. For the main course, we had beef and albacore. The beef was served with a gorgonzola sauce, and that was quite excellent. Not anything you've never had before, but perfectly cooked, and tasted delicious. The albacore, although advertised as "quickly seared" was in my view quite overdone. However, the sauce it came with was truly delicious. Dinner came with very tasty fresh bread, with delicious plum butter (yes!) and we finished with an excellent creme brulee. All in all, a very good experience.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beer Makers Dinner - So Tasty
Four of us enjoyed Friday night dining on the Terrace. Four courses, four beers, artfully paired. The soup, served in its own pumpkin bowl was beautiful and delicious. As always, the bread is house made and this time the butter was beer infused - crazy good! The salad, entree and dessert, each so creative.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food! Enthusiastic staff!
Bundle up so you can watch the sunset from the
back porch of the Sesnon House, or eat outside
at lunch. This is a great restaurant!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
PINO ALTO RESTAURANT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM. WONDERFUL FOOD, WONDERFUL SERVICE. THE STUDENTS REALLY WANT TO MAKE YOUR DINNING EXPERIENCE A POSTITIVE ONE. MY SALMON WAS COOKED TO PREFECTION.
THE WINES ARE FROM LOCAL SANTA CRUZ WINERIES. I GIVE THIS RESTAURANT AN A +.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trip to Spain
My husband has always wanted to take me to Spain to enjoy Tapas. However, the trip has not materialized. So when I saw the description that you were offering tapas for dinner, I checked the menu. My husband read the selections, and said that this looked authentic.
We walked into the restaurant and were serenaded by the Spanish Flamenco guitar. The small dishes were tasty and prepared with care. My husband enjoyed them as much as when he was in Spain! We had an attentive and interesting waiter who helped create a special evening for us. Thank you!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This community college culinary staff is very creative and the service was excellent. Support these students and enjoy their changing menu in a lovely historic home that has a lot of charm.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
good food in small portions
The Spanish Tapas are a treat for a different dining experience. Sample a variety of different foods. Expect a high bill if you want to walk out full! (meager portions)
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM