Wonderful on all levels
Disappointing. We have annually made the 1 hr+ drive to El Paseo annually for the last 4 Valentine's Day dinners but food and service has gone down each year. We don't think it's worth the trek after the latest visit of 2.18.18.
Upon entry there is a very foul & off putting smell. It could be the strong blue cheese they use but we could smell it even at our table which affected our ability to enjoy the evening. Service was slow despite low attendance yet the noise level was incredibly high making it difficult to talk across the table.
We weren't served popovers which the restaurant is known for & no other type of bread was offered either. Also no deviled eggs that we asked for as we were told they only serve those now during Happy Hour that only ended 30 minutes earlier. Terrible food pairings in that a heavy strong blue cheese of sorts came on the pork chop which was weird and was quickly pushed aside after the first bite. The duck breast was not seared which is the one thing that makes or breaks a properly cooked duck breast. Lots of broken shell in the oysters that were otherwise very nice. Brussels sprouts were burned, as in black, but edible because they didn't taste like too much char. Overall the kitchen needs to take pride in what they serve and should check menu items before they are sent out to the table.
Oh, and the cocktail pricing is higher in the bar than when when you order the same thing in the dining area? What's that about? The bartender, himself, was great and he was pushing water on everyone that had a drink to assure all were drinking responsibly.
We still love the atmosphere but it's time for us to find a more suiting special occasion restaurant to visit in the future. There are too many other great options in the Bay.
Rib eye was topped with a cheese that hurt the flaver of the meat. Pork chop was good but i could have made it at home. I spent $288 and it was not woth it. Very disappointed. a few years ago the double kobe beef rib eye was the bomb. We didnt know the chef has changed..
The food is disappointing - service is less than mediocre. It’s definitely not the same since Tyler Florence parted ways. Small menu and not a whole lot of choices. So sad
Food very good. One of our salads was missing an ingredient listed on the menu. It goes past three people before being served (salad maker, expediter, runner) but was missed. Missing element brought quickly when requested. Carrot appetizer good, but could use more carrots for the price. Meat cooked somewhat under what was requested, but server knew this might happen and encouraged us to order one degree more cooked than desired. Worked out (still underdone a bit, but better than overdone). Server was very nice, friendly, efficient - she was the best part. Atmosphere nice, not too loud. One gripe - as long as I've gone there, the lights over the stalls in the women's restroom have been out. We don't need "mood lighting" in the restroom. We need to be able to see. This is not the place to save on electricity or create atmosphere. It's also not safe, especially for more mature folks or those with mobility challenges.
We used to love this place...
no more bread when you sit down
Complete disappointed Sammy Hagar!!!
Food was no worth the price. We would come here often and spend a significant amount of money..... no more... the new chef does not impress at all!
The food was very good. Had a delicious pork chop, that was it on the plate. Some very good local blue cheese and honeycomb on top. Very nice combo but really called out for a green and a little starch. I will return and have gone here off and on since the 1980s, different owners and incarnations every few years but always pretty good.
The ambiance at El Paseo couldn't be more beautiful, unfortunately the service couldn't have been worse. We went there to celebrate Valentine's Day. We showed up about 15 minutes early for an 8:15 reservation. Our table wasn't ready so we were invited to have a drink at the bar. The bartender wouldn't recognize me for the first 10 minutes. When I finally managed to get his attention I asked for a wine list. He eventually gave me one - unfortunately it was illegible (I think their printer must have run out of ink). When I mentioned that, he said he didn't have another copy. He never made eye contact again to tell me what wines were available or to ask what we might want to drink. After being ignored for the next 20 minutes we left, checked on our table and were told it still wasn't ready. We were invited to sit outside and wait. Unfortunately it was cold, the heat lamps weren't on (though there were blankets) and we ended up waiting for another full hour! When we finally sat down we were looking forward to ordering the duck since we heard it was great. Well, the first thing the waitress told us is that they were out of the duck. We ended up ordering one fish entree and one rib-eye entree. The fish was tasteless and the rib-eye was very tough and chewy and hard to eat. The next time we saw the waitress she told us she'd bring the bill! She never asked us how we were doing, never asked how the food was, never offered us a dessert menu or coffee! I think she and the wait-staff wanted to go home (understandably, it was getting late)... but then again we had a reservation and it wasn't our fault that we were seated over an hour late! Nor did the waitress ever let us know that we should eat fast, or order dessert up front because they were getting ready to close. All in all the service was very impersonal to say the least and unfortunately made for a very disappointing Valentine's experience. I sent the restaurant a private email and got no response.
If we'd had bread we might not be cranky.
It's hard to give a restaurant a less than outstanding review for Valentine's Day because it's busy and everybody has high expectations. However, it took a very long time for us to get initial attention and a glass of celebratory sparkling wine so we were let down early. There was no bread offered and no one in the room had any until one couple later in the evening, so somehow we missed the secret bread password. The food itself was creative, inspired, and flavorful from salad to vegetables to entrees (duck and halibut) to dessert (doughnuts), and fairly priced. However, a wine overcharge that had to be reversed didn't help the feeling that the waitstaff just really weren't engaged in making our evening a pleasant experience.
Ultimately the question is whether we will return; the answer is probably not.
We enjoyed happy hour. The portions were generous. Drinks (margaritas) delicious,none of this “I can’t taste the booze” non-sense here.
We requested a quiet table and our request was granted. The sardines and fries witb eyes were incredible. We had the porkchop and risotto. Out of this world yummy!
The chef and staff do not disappoint. We will definitely be back soon
Waited about 20 min past our reso for our table. Bar and bartender are great so didn’t mind too much except we came starving. Food was good but not worth the price. Crab was super tender but could’ve been pre-cracked a bit. Steak could’ve come with a little more than 4 small potatoes for the $55 price tag. I thought it also lacked flavor. Was super excited for donuts but the had sold out already (along with baby carrots and oysters). Note that our reservation was for 7:15! Server saw my disappointment with the donuts and offered us some on the house next time we came which was extremely gracious. Service and ambiance was great, not super impressed with this meal. Will be going back for the burger and hopefully will have a better experience.
Best food we've had in ages!! Duck breast & rainbow trout - YUMMY!!
Been a while since we have been there - What happened?
The service, food and bar are impeccably done. Chef Todd has curated a seasonal farm fresh menu with emphasis on locally driven produce and protein. Kyoko our server was informed and professional, knowing when to add to the conversation and when we wanted to be left alone. We sampled from the lengthy wines list, with an old world emphasis, this place has the market cornered on artisanal winemakers.
The ambiance is always impeccable! The energy is thriving, we will be back!!!
The food was delicious, the atmosphere is amazing, and our waitress was truly wonderful.