Friday, March 18, 2011

The Winery- Tustin, CA

Overall Rating:

He said: 4.8 I've been to upscale restaurants before but this place excelled by way of service - a little confusion with the hostess and a seating situation with party ahead of us ("Charie") landed us copious attention from the ownership and staff PLUS a bomb appetizer (pizza bread) on the house. You'll get what you paid for at the winery - upscale food, wine, and service. If I have a meal I want to splurge on for a special occasion I know I'll get taken care of here. THANK YOU MR. & MRS.S

She said: 5. They have the greatest service that I've ever experienced at a restaurant. They go above and beyond to treat their guests like royalty. The two owners were there the night that we went, and made sure to stop by our table multiple times to check in, and even take our plates, doing the bus boys job without any hesitation. Our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable in regards to the food and wine, and had great recommendations. It's very well decorated, and I weirdly really liked the restrooms. It's pricy, but worth every penny (that my mom and dad spent).

Price: $$$-$$$$

Ambiance: your private clubhouse

Good for: Dates, special dinners

Would we go again?: Definitely.

Date visited: 3/12/2011 (Saturday night)

Special notes: Reservations are a must. We made a reservation for 8:30, but got there over an hour early in hopes that there might be an opening. The owner was playing host, and was able to squeeze us in on the patio almost immediately. When he couldn't get us in early into the main dining room, he was very apologetic and threw in a free appetizer for the "inconvenience", which wasn't an inconvenience at all, as we were seated and eating way before our reservation anyways. 5 stars for service. Also, if you have nice bottles of wine (2 buck chuck?), they have an entire wall at the entrance in which they'll store your wine.  

Dinner with my favorite couple, mom and dad.
We ordered two bottles, neither of which I remember by name. One was a cabernet and another, a pinot noir. Both were deliciou$.

YG's Alsatian Pizza (Creme fraiche, applewood smoked bacon, gruyere, and onion) and lots o' bread and butter.

 Girls' orders:
Mom's order: Soup of the day, asparagus. The picture doesn't do it any justice, it was a very tasty soup. Boring, relative to the rest of the menu, but good nonetheless.

Chariese's order: Santa Barbara heirloom tomatoes, fresh burrata mozzarella (<3), micro arugula, garlic croutons, oil and vinegar. As previously stated, I love anything burrata-related. The tomatoes were fresh and crunchy, and the burrata, heavenly. This is my kind of order, and I loved it.

Guys' orders:
Dad's order (left): Chile lime rubbed mahi mahi with roasted tropical fruit chutney, jasmine rice, and roasted pistachios.

Kevin's order (right): Rotisserie Sonoma free range chicken, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and onions. This was some of the best chicken I've had in a very long time - the bed of spinach (not normally a huge fan) was paired perfectly.
Dessert: White peach, blueberry, and almond cobbler with carmelized honey ice cream. No poison detected...

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