Same menu, or at least same direction and vibe, even though chef changed. Very good food, just not too many people eating there. I would recommend it. Best meatballs in town. Very good Old Fashioned.
Very nice ambiance, and the noise level was excellent. We were two couples and were able to hear each other talk, even on a Saturday night. Excellent experience.
The food is very creative and seasonal. My wife and I shared everything. We had a fried artichokes on a bed of greens, smashed potatoes, cooked greens, and the fish of the day (which was some kind of cod, but definitely not black cod). We shared freshly made donuts for desert. The portion size is perfectly adequate to share, we even brought home some greens and potatoes.
The wine list is weighted to expensive imported wines, but the wines by the glass are actually very nice California wines and are somewhat more reasonably priced. We had a couple glasses of chardonnay, and a glass of Pinot Noirs and a glass of cabernet. All the wines were quite good for wines served by the glass.
Restaurant was short staffed because a server had called in sick. About 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. As we were about to leave, 1 server took responsibility for the table and was awesome. Wagyu (overpriced at $51) and smashed potatoes were nothing special. Rest of the meal was good. Whole fish and meat balls were excellent. Very few good restaurants in the Valley. This restaurant is better than most.
Go early for a quiet table
The best !!!
The dinner was exceptional and we loved the citrus burrata and the vermillion cod. The service was very good and the wine selections complimented the meal.
It can get noisy inside but was not overwhelming on a Weds night
We have dined here many times. The service and food keep us coming back.
Great, attentive servers. Very good food. I love this place
The chef at Girasol really goes out of his way to source local ingredients. The food is beautiful, delicious and has integrity. The restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. The staff is warm but professional. The cocktails are lovingly crafted. It's just a great place!
I gave the place a "moderate" rating on the noise level, but it's definitely a place where you can hear yourself and your friends speak--Thank you for that, Girasol!
We were on the patio and had terrible service. The waiter would come to our table and did not pick up the pile of dirty dishes that was right there. We had to ask the host for help with service and refills on drinks. The host was wonderful. We gave her a tip at the end. Nothing was taken off of our bill even though we basically had to keep going inside to ask for things. Great food but I will never go back. Not worth the price of the bill.
Restaurant practically empty on a Thursday night. The food isn’t worth the money at all!!!
Food was good but the service was not great.
Girasol does not disappoint. I've been eating there since they've opened. The menu has lots of options, many of them very inventive. The decor is soothing but also creative. Great cocktails and excellent service. It's a touch on the pricey side, but my favorite thing to do there is graze and share from the menu.
Recipe for a 5 Star Sat.night. Start with a skinny margarita, followed by roasted beets. Lamb chops and a crispy red snapper with crispy kale. Wow!!!!! Go!!! Enjoy!!!!
The restaurant was top notch everything was outstanding
The food is superb, the service outstanding but, it is too pricey for anything other than expense account dining. A shame. I live a couple of blocks away and would eat here weekly otherwise.
Girasol has seen better days. Menu is tired and worse was the preparation. Lamb chops over cooked and dry. Wine list still good. Time for a serious revamp of menu and new folks in the kitchen.
My wife and I have visited Girasol several times before. We’ve always had a good experience. We’ve had difficulty choosing what we want to eat with there being so many interesting options. But last night we were extremely disappointed.
The menu changes seasonally. The current menu seams uninspired. The food was mediocre - and a lot less of it than on previous visits. The burratta suffered from exchanging the peaches for citrus. And the entire serving was a couple of tablespoons.
Add to that really poor service. We were sitting alone in the dining room, having finished our meal. The hostess saw us waiting, but made no effort to contact the waiter.
To sum it up, the restaurant gives the impression with the menu, quality of food and poor service of an organization that has given up. I understand CJ is spending most of his time in Chicago with a new restaurant and visits Girasol twice a month. I wonder if he realizes how it has declined.
We won’t be returning.
What a treat - the chef created delicious, beautiful and inspired dishes that were as enjoyable to behold with the eyes as they were to eat. The flavor combinations and textures were brilliant and the preparation and presentation were second to none.
Delicious, everything was incredibly tasty but super expensive for the portion size
Awesome as always!!
Should have recognized that a virtually empty place on a Friday night was not a great sign. The menu is OK if you like somewhat odd foods, but I had a difficult time deciding on what to order because there was something unappealing about everything on it. Lots of fish dishes, and all three of us ordered fish. Two of the meals had nice presentations - complete fish. I went with the sea bass because it comes with spätzle, but then learned it contains onions (shallots or leeks, can't remember, which disagree with me) so they offered vegetables instead. When it came, the piece of sea bass was so small my plate looked mostly empty compared to the other two. I asked if the vegetables were coming and was told they were under the fish. There was about a ¼ inch layer of spinach with a couple of cherry tomatoes sliced in half. The fish and spinach tasted good, but it was a very small portion compared to the other two. The prices are high (over $300 for 3 of us with drinks).
Very disappointed. I have dined at Girasol on numerous occasions and truly enjoyed the meals. I have a feeling now that CJ left, things have gone downhill. I got a bad vibe the second I walked in. The attitude of the staff was different than before. They were standing around talking to one another and ignoring customers. After being seated my wife and I sat for a good 15 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. The food was mediocre, not like before, but the terrible service made the evening not enjoyable. I will not be going back. Really disappointed because this was a place that used to be great.
New chef and not nearly as good as previous visits. Manager recommended returning in a few months after the “kinks had been worked out”. Not going to try!
The menu and wine list are imaginative and both deliver. The environment is inviting, the hostess was charming, and the runners delivering the food were timely and careful. If only the same could be said of our waitperson that evening. While beautiful and charming, she appeared more interested in talking with other staff in the back than checking on her tables.
Perhaps the night was too slow to maintain her interest in her job. Our pleasure in dining at Girasole fell apart with our waitress's disinterest in seeing our beverage orders filled and delivered.
We didnt like the winter menu. Service was slow Two drinks were served and 10 minutes later the other 3 were served. Very disappointed.
Went there with friends after the theatre and had a wonderful time! Very accommodating and the food was creative and delicious!
Everything was good, felt it was a bit too pricey! A bit pricier than it could have been.
Great food, great ambience. We ordered the ribeye tartare, the scallops, and the hamachi- all delicious :)