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.
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.
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.
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.
Too many seafood courses
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.
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.
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.
The best dining experience I've ever had.
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.
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.
The best I've ever had. Save your pennies though!
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.
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.
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!