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About Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Innovative recipes paired with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of beer and wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Buellton, CA 93427
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday Breakfast 6am-11am
Saturday - Sunday Breakfast 7am - 12 noon
Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm
Dinner 5pm - 10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Ofelio Flores
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Come out and enjoy our slow cooked prime-rib and wood-oven pizzas featured every wednesday and friday evenings. Paired up with an ale from our expansive beer list.
Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Ratings and Reviews
We ate here while charging our car at the super charger in the parking lot. It wasa Monday evening 6:30 pm. We wanted a nice dinner while waiting. We were seated immediately the restaurant was almost empty. AAfter a bit the waitress came to take our orders. I explained my dairy allergy and asked for recommendations. I ended up ordering the Mediterranean Chicken and Linguini with no cheese or butter. My husband also ordered a chicken dish. While waiting, we wondered about bread. It only arrived after they served our meal and I specifically asked if the meal came with bread. It took far too long for the food to arrive. Mine was piping hot but my husband's food was cold. Both were badly overpowered with garlic.
We enjoyed the special touches - the black table cloths, the fresh roses and rose petals on the table. We were offered champagne and warm bread was brought to the table. The cream of broccoli soup was tasty and so was the salad. We had the lobster tail and 6oz prime rib dinner and both were delicious! The prime rib was cooked perfect. Our meal ended with a mango mousse cake, also very tasty. The wait staff was very attenitve by filling our water glasses and bringing out each course at just the right time. We usually do not go out for Valentines Day but were glad we did!
The food was beyond delicious. I would have preferred more of a thick 'candy' sauce for the sweet potatoes but they were nonetheless, delicious. Turkey was so moist and tasty. Ham was wonderful. Dessert selection might have been a bit more expanded - not so much pumpkin flavored offerings (ice-cream, cheesecake and pie). Pecan pie was a no-show!
Service was GREAT! Price was a bit high (likely, because champagne was offered). Next time there should be a price for meal with champagne, or without. I prefer without.
Recommended highly. I hope my suggestions are taken to mind?
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