I tried Eleve with 2 other couples based on a Travelzoo email offer. The food and service had both been touted as award winning and the menu seemed interesting. Had I not been looking for this place, I probably would have missed it as it's close to the Civic Center and the Walnut Creek on Ice seasonal rink and not anywhere near the main street dining options. We arrived and there was no one at the hostess desk. We were seated promptly and presented with menus. The pre-paid voucher from TravelZoo noted that it needed to be presented to the waitstaff while ordering and I followed that direction. I'm not sure if this is what attributed to our poor service (waitress assumed we were there for the special rates only) or whether the place is just short staffed. Regardless, we hardly saw our waitress throughout the rest of the evening. The appetizers we ordered seemed to take forever and while we waited and enjoyed our cocktails (very good I might add), the waitress returned to pressure us to order our entrees. How can I order my meal if I haven't even received my appetizers yet? I was planning on a relaxed evening with friends but felt very rushed by the need to order. I certainly didn't want the appetizers and entrees arriving at the same time.
As for the food itself, I would say it is good. We ordered the vegetable and standard potstickers, meatballs, and reisling shrimp. The portions are small so each of the 6 of us barely got a bite to taste. Considering how long it took to get the order, we were not satisfied with the appetizers portions at all. For entrees, we ordered steak and green bean stir fry, garlic noodles, chicken curry, and the eggplant vegetable. Everything was good, although the chicken curry and eggplant dish probably were the best. The meat in the steak dish was plentiful but my husband felt that the chicken in the curry was sorely lacking and he was fishing around for the few morsels. Not many dessert options so we ended up at La Scala instead.