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.
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