Manresa - Los Gatos

4.6
1766 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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Manresa is the showcase for the inventive cuisine of Chef-Proprietor David Kinch. Chef Kinch and the Manresa team find inspiration from European traditions and refinement, American ingenuity and the vast bounty that California has to offer.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 pm
Cocktails from 5:15 pm.
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Phone number
(408) 354-4330
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Kinch
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Catering
Introducing a new dimension to the Manresa experience. David Kinch brings the best of Manresa to you and your guests at your location. Now the pleasures of dining at Manresa can be designed for your private entertaining with all of the elements of a special evening at Manresa. A memorable meal can be customized to suit your personal expression of warm and generous hospitality. Inquire about bringing Manresa to your environment by contacting General Manager, Jenny Yun.
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Parking details
After 6:00 p.m., free parking is available in the parking lot of Bank of the West, adjacent to Manresa. Free parking is also available at all times in the public parking lot directly behind Manresa. There is also street parking on North Santa Cruz Avenue and Village Lane.
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Entertainment
• Corkage is $75 for each 750 ml bottle, with a limit of 3 bottles per table, for wines not currently offered on the wine list.
* Chef's Tasting Menu offered in the dining room by reservation only for $275 per guest. An optional wine pairing if offered at $198 per guest.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's absolutely for special occasions and worth saving money for. Memorable experience for your palate. Pairing menu is a must but be prepared for a dd.

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever eaten. The only option is the tasting menu, we also added the beverage pairings to go with it. Every course was amazing, in both presentation and taste. The pairings were good, and not just wine, one course was paired with a sake and one with a beer. All of them excellent. The only downside is that it is quite expensive. The dinner is $275/pp plus pairings, plus a optional cheese course if you want it, plus cocktails. Not something most people can afford to do very often (once every 5-10 years or so). It is worth it to do at least once, if you enjoy fine dining and creative cuisines.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, and a perfect wine paring. My group and I have had good meals before, but Manresa is at the top of our list. Catered to our every need and request without question. Really appreciate Manresa making my girlfriend's birthday complete.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd time to join them for my wife's birthday dinner.
Unlike other creative cuisine chefs in bay area, David's thorough investigation for "Umami" is amazing. Menu plaques from Kagurazaka and Azabu, Tokyo will be pieces of
the evidences for his prestigious works.
We had a wonderful night. Thanks, David et al.

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New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Too many seafood courses

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Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from start to finish. The staff is exceptionally well trained and gracious. I've been to Manresa many times over the last ten years and the menu is a constantly changing thing, so come prepared to be surprised. I recommend showing up a little early and having one of their house cocktails, which are consistently excellent.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and Shay, the bartender, cannot be beat. He was the best part of our night. The food was just okay, which was disappointing. I like mushrooms and fish, but if you don't, I wouldn't spend the money. It's a chef's sampler menu, so you don't have a lot of choice. I can't even think of one dish that blew me away. I'm easy and I'll eat just about anything. The food wasn't bad, but for the money you spend, one would expect exceptional cuisine. On a positive note, they did make vegetarian dishes for my wife.

If you want a high end food dining experience, try Gary Danko up in SF, it's cheaper and the food is amazing.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

In general, it is very good restaurant. The price level can be widely different depends on how much you are going to drink. I personally do not like the wine pairing menu that is sort of pricey in terms of quality. Especially, if you are not mix drinker you should order by glasses.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dining experience I've ever had.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing dining experience. Everything was both beautiful and delicious. The staff were attentive, polite, and very knowledgeable.

My favorite courses were the garden / buckwheat noodle salad and the squab. My husband loved the wagyu beef course best. We had the wine pairing. We've had wine pairings at other Michelin restaurants before and this was the first one where we enjoyed every one.

We lucked out somehow and got invited to see the kitchen and what was happening behind the scenes. Lots of chefs hard at work back there.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

There were 2 dishes that were really good, the Garden in particular was very special. But the other dishes left a little something to be desired and I feel that for that price point you want to be impressed by every dish.

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MK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best I've ever had. Save your pennies though!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Manresa many times over the years but have not been back since receiving their 3rd star. The difference definitely shines through in the food and service.
We had an incredible dining experience. The preparation and presentation of each course was perfect, surprising, creative, and authentic. We love manresa and feel fortunate to be able to dine at such as restaurant and that it is close by here in the South Bay.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is delicate and tasty. I expect more "wow" factor and more sophisticated food / ingredients . I didn't bother to ask for special dessert for B-day celebration which I mention in the beginning and tables around me got it. One bit disappointment is when a fly rested on my husband's cup.

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, the food, service and ambiance was ok. I don't think it deserves 3 Michelin stars. Came here due to its 3 Michelin star status but was rather was disappointed. Not to mention, the squab and wagyu were only bite sizes. Spending $350 per person at this restaurant is not worth it!

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L
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable, food is packed with amazing flavor and overall exceptional experience.

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RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most expensive meal I've ever had but also the most impressive dining experience as well. Almost a dozen courses over 3 hours showcased the extreme creativity and labor that went into each course of the tasting menu we enjoyed.

Manresa was able to easily accommodate our dietary restrictions and everyone involved in the service was well beyond other dining establishments. Waiters were attentive, had great personalities, were very helpful and made for a great overall experience.

The cocktails were very inventive, balanced, and tasty (I stuck with bourbon and other whiskeys)

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G
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to a number of 3 Star Michelins. This one was no exception. Staff was terrific and the food a symphony of flavors and textures. Everyone should experience it at least once. Only complaint is that i did not find the wine pairing up to the food. Nothing bad, but nothing to blow us away.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed 5 hours of pampering with awesome food, warmth and hospitality from the very moment we arrived to the time we left.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. You will definitely leave full!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service and Dining experience. Food was great.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing over the top dining experience. One plate after another each intricately prepared, with exceptional and unique wine pairings.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh Manresa, thanks to you food has been dismal, bland, and boring since I had your tasting menu. The wine pairing was decadent and perfect and everything, EVERYTHING had a perfect balance of flavors. I've never enjoyed tomatoes but somehow Manresa made them savory and perfect. I can't imagine food will ever taste the same way again.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's little point in my reviewing a restaurant rated three stars by Michelin. This is an amazing restaurant. I somewhat prefer it to the equally amazing French Laundry. If you have the $400 or so per person it will cost, it is definitely worth trying. The point of these restaurants is not about how much food you get for the money, but how differently their offerings make you think about food.
The courses are small but numerous. The wine pourings in the pairings are small, but also numerous. The wine list is full of wines I've never heard of (but that's true almost anywhere, for me.)
We had a great time, and will go again someday.

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San Francisco
321 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome food and service! We had been to Manresa many years ago and were disappointed in some of the food and the service was just plain weird as the waiters marched through the dining room. Manresa is a completely different restaurant now. The food was fantastic - every course was delicious, creative, and beautiful. Some dishes were a bit on the salty side, but since we like salt that was fine for us. And Manresa has added cocktails to their offering instead of just very expensive wine - the Aloha cocktail was wonderful! The service was very professional although more relaxed, not stuffy and robotic like in the past. The only improvement I could suggest is having the courses come out a little more quickly as there were some gaps between dishes. I would highly recommend Manresa as a great special occasion place for someone who has the budget. It deserves its Michelin stars!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall a great dining experience, with creative and tasty food and great service. However, expectations for a 3 star restaurant (and associated price point) were higher. Only slightly better than 1 star restaurant plumed horse.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our wedding anniversary and we were looking for a romantic, memorable dinner, and we found it here. They are famous for their food, but it was great for a romantic dinner.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is great thought put into the whole, experience, the menu and the service. Even thought it is very expensive dinner, it is extraordinary experience and it makes it worth it.

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San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely smashing experience. Quite a treat for your taste buds !

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three Michelin stars, and certainly well worth every star. Every course was a culinary journey, and the service was second to none.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Food: Chef trying to be unusual with strange things like edible flowers. Portions are extremely small; yes I know it is a tasting menu. I liked Manresa better when it offered ala cart.

Service: Distracting with multiple servers hovering. Whenever food was served, two servers stationed themselves diagonally and made a point of placing plates down at precisely the same moment. What's the point?

Value: Very pricey

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MR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there for our 5 year anniversary. Perfect place to have gone. A card was waiting for us at our table, the menu we received at the end of the meal even had happy anniversary on it. We did the wine pairing with the meal and it was truly a special experience. I'll admit it is pricey but well worth it for the experience. Our food allergies were taken into consideration in the food preparation and even checked upon twice. Once when they called to confirm the reservation and upon our arrival at the restaurant.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haute cuisine that was delicately plated for great presentation in addition to deliciousness. Excellent cocktails and wine selection that paired well with the tasting menu items. Great service in a tranquil setting! Will definitely go back when the seasonal menu is changed.

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DD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food & service, wish they'd make 1 course where you could repeat any morsel you've been served.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In all the years Manresa has been in Los Gatos I was saving my experience there for a special occasion. Some friends and I spent a special birthday there. It was even better than I anticipated. Thanks.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!
Not every Michelin star restaurant could meet my standard, including a 3 star one, Manresa is outstanding!!

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San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just too expensive for what it was (We've done French Laundry many times so we are their demongraphic.

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FR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional flavors delivered with the lightest of touch. Every dish leaves you wanting just one more bite. Stimulating for taste, smell, sight and touch senses. The local wine offerings pair perfectly with the local ingredients. Dishes served to guests with food allergies or food preferences are just as good as the standard items on the evening's tasting menu.

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SB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is a culinary artist. Everything was unique, delicious, and gorgeous. We loved every course, every combination of flavored was exceptional and the service was over the top! Thanks so much!

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AD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creative and amazing and the service was excellent. This tasting experience lasted over three hours and was a lot of fun.

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