Restaurant Reviews
Updated April, 2010
Over the past eleven years we've been meticulously exploring the good and great restaurants in the towns and cities we have visited during our travels.

We favor restaurants where the ingredients are fresh, local, oraganic and sustainable. We also hope to find a good wine list that's fairly priced. Ones filled with industrial wines and/or high prices set a bad tone for the meal. – Jack


Saint Helena, Yountville, Napa
Jan-07
Ad Hoc Yountville
Jun-07
Angèle Napa
Nov-07
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil Rutherford
Sep-06
Bouchon Yountville
Oct-05
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen St. Helena
Feb-07
Go Fish St. Helena
Jul-04
Julia's Kitchen Napa
Jul-05
Market  St. Helena
Jan-07
Martini House St. Helena
Mar-08
The Restaurant
at Meadowood
St. Helena
Jul-05
Press St. Helena
Apr-06
Redd Yountville
Jul-07
Solbar Calistoga
Nov-06
Taylor's Automatic Refresher Yountville
Jan-06
Tra Vigne St. Helena
Oct-07
Ubuntu St. Helena
San Francisco, Berkeley, Marin
Mar-06
A16 (A 16)  
Jul-07
Bar Crudo
 
Jun-05
Boulette's Larder  
Jan-06
Chez Panisse  
Sep-05
Chez Panisse
Special Dinner
Feb-07
Coi
 
Jul-06
Delfina  
Dec-07
Eccolo  
Sep-04
Farallon  
Aug-05
Fifth Floor
Wine Dinner
Nov-06
Fish  
Mar-05
Greens  
Oct-04
Hawthorne Lane  
Oct-05
Hog Island Oyster Co  
Mar-07
Jardinière
 
Jul-07
Jeanty at Jacks
Mar-07
Manresa (Los Gatos)
Nov-06
Michael Mina
 
Oct-07
Nick's Cove
  
Jun-07
Oliveto
 
Oct-05
Quince  
Feb-07
Sea Salt  
Feb-07
'wichcraft
 
Paso Robles, CA
Dec-04
Villa Creek  


Other Restaurants We've Been To...
Our restaurant reviews, perhaps, need a little perspective: We’ve been to many of the good-to-great restaurants in the parts of the world we've visited. Actually, we’re now so critical that we sometimes have a hard time enjoying ourselves when dining at a fine restaurant. Perhaps because we are too experienced, jaded, whatever.

If you look at the restaurant list above, basically, this is where we’ve dined in the last couple of years, and you might conclude, “Don’t we get out?” Well, a wonderful little boy came along and he’s not the type to sit still. This makes fine dining near to impossible, at times, such as when he is under the table for most of the meal. But other times he's an angel.

Below (and to the right) is not a complete list, but simply the better/more memorable places we’ve dined at in the last ten years:


The West

San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland
ACME Chophouse
Ajanta
Asia de Cuba
Aqua
Bacar
Bix
Boulevard
Cafe Fanny
Cafe Rouge
Campton Place
Chapeau!
Chez Panisse (also the Cafe)
Ebisu
Eos
Fleur De Lys
Gary Danko
Greens
Isa
Lalimes
Jeanty at Jack’s
Lark Creek Inn
Majita
Masa’s
Oliveto
Plumpjack Café
Ponzu
Postrio
Rose's Cafe
Roxanne’s (closed)
Rubicon
Silks
Slanted Door
Stars (closed)
Sushi Ran
Taylor's Refresher
Thep Phanom
Zuni Café


Los Angeles/Pasadena/
Anaheim/San Diego
Bistro 45
Campanile
Ritz-Carlton Huntington - The Dining Room
Matsuhisa
Napa Rose
Top o’ the Cove
A.R. Valentien
Adobe El Restaurante


California Wine County
French Laundry
Café Beaujolais
(has since changed ownership)
Marinus
John Ash & Co
Greystone
Syrah
Terra
Mustards
Pinot Blanc (closed)
Taylor's Refresher
The girl and the fig
The girl and the gaucho (now closed)
Bistro Ralph
Monti’s Rotisserie
Brannan’s Grill
Ledson’s Harmony Club
Equus
Bouchon
Seven-O-Seven (closed)
Bistro Jeanty
Catahoula (now closed)
Wappo Bar
Zin
Jimtown Store
Underwood Bar & Bistro

Plus many others in Northern California Wine Country

Portland
Higgins
The Joel Palmer House

Las Vegas
Aureole
Coyote Café
Nobu
Spago
Valentino
Emeril’s Fish House

Reno
Café de Thai

Aspen
The Restaurant at the Little Nell

Southeast (all 6-9 years ago)

Atlanta
Buckhead Diner
Ciboulette (now closed?)
Ritz-Carlton Café - Buckhead
Soto

Orlando
Emeril’s Orlando
Le Coq au Vin

Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale
Norman’s
The Forge (perhaps our least favorite restaurant in Florida)
Blue Door
Yuca
Zan Z Bar (closed?)

Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete
Bern’s Steak House (75 times or so)
Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber
Side Bern’s
Marchands at the Vinoy Renaissance (St. Pete)
Mise en Place (just okay)
Plus most every decent place in the Tampa/Clearwater area.

Sarasota
Michael’s On East (best was a Bobby Kacher dinner)

Bahamas
Graycliff
Sonoma County
Sep-05
Barndiva Healdsburg
Jun-08
Bistro des Copains Healdsburg
Aug-06
Bistro Ralph Healdsburg
Jul-05
bovolo Healdsburg
Jan-10
Cyrus *New* Healdsburg
Aug-05
Della Fattoria Cafe Petaluma
Sep-07
Dry Creek Kitchen Healdsburg
May-06
The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant Forestville
Aug-07
The General's Daughter  *Closed* Sonoma
Jul-05
Hana Rohnert Pk
Mar-07
K & L Bistro Sebastopol
Mar-06
LaSalette Sonoma
Feb-07
Madrona Manor Healdsburg
Jul-06
Manzanita Healdsburg
Dec-04
Mirepoix Windsor
Jul-07
Odyssey *Closed* Windsor
Jun-05
Pamposh Restaurant Santa Rosa
Jun-07
Ravenous Healdsburg
Nov-08
Restaurant Eloise *Closed* Sebastopol
Feb-08
Rosso Pizzeria Santa Rosa
Nov-05
Santi Geyserville
Sep-05
Seaweed Cafe *Closed* Bodega Bay
Nov-07
Underwood Bar & Grill Graton
Aug-07
Unnamed Cafe *Closed* Geyserville
Oct-07
West County Grill *Closed* Sebastopol
Feb-05
Willi's Seafood Healdsburg
Mar-05
Willi's Wine Bar Santa Rosa
Oct-06
Zin Restaurant Santa Rosa
Mendocino, Ft. Bragg, Boonville
Mar-08
Café Beaujolais  
Mar-08
Le Rendezvous
Mar-08
Mosswood Market
Squaw Valley, Tahoe, Truckee
Mar-07
Graham's Squaw Valley
 
Mar-07
Moody's Bistro
 
Mar-07
Plumpjack Squaw Valley
 
Jan-09
Dining in the Village at Squaw Valley
 
Apr-10 Manzanita Lake Tahoe
New
New York City
Jul-06
Artisanal  
Jul-06
Blue Hill  
May-09
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Jul-06
Blue Water Grill  
May-09
Corton
Oct-04
Cru  
Oct-04
Craft  
May-09
dbBistro
Jul-06
Devi  
Aug-06
Fatty Crab  
May-09
Gramercy Tavern
May-09
Kurumazushi
Jul-06
Lupa  
May-09
Marea
Jul-06
Momofuku  
May-09
Petrie Court Cafe
Los Angeles
Apr-07
AOC
Vancouver, BC
May-07
Blue Water Café
 
May-07
Rare
Apr-07
Rodney's Oyster House
Victoria, BC & Sooke, BC
Apr-10
Empress Room
 New
Apr-10
Cafe Brio
 New
Apr-10
Sooke Harbor House
 New
Apr-10
Point No Point
 New
Apr-10
Red Fish Blue Fish
 New
Apr-10
Butchart Gardens
 New
UK: London, Lake District
May-07
Punchbowl Inn (L.D.)
 
May-07
Yo! Sushi (London)
 
Ireland & Northern Ireland
May-07
Aherne's
Co. Cork
May-07
Ard Bia
Co. Galway
May-07
AVOCA Powerscourt
Co. Wicklow
May-07
Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
May-07
Dunbrody House
Co. Wexford
May-07
Mulcahey's
Co,. Kerry
May-07
NewForge House
Belfast/
Co. Antrim
May-07
Out of the Blue
Co. Kerry
May-07
Packie's
Co. Kerry
May-07
St. Cleran's
Co. Kerry
Chicago
Oct-05
Spring  
Yosemite, CA
Mar-05
Ahwahnee Dining Room The Awahnee Hotel
Mar-05
Mountain Room Yosemite Lodge
Seattle, WA
Apr-10
Elliot's Oyster House
New!
Apr-10
Poppy
New!
Apr-10
Serious Pie
New!
Apr-10
Tilth
New!
Woodinville, WA
May-02
The Herbfarm


Other Restaurants We've Been To (continued...)

Northeast

New York
Artisanal
The Blue Room (E. Northport, LI)
Bouley
Box Tree
Café des Artistes
Capsouto Frères
China Grill
Daniel
Dawat
Gotham Bar & Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Honmura An (closed)
Jean Georges
Jerry’s (SoHo)
Mad 61 (long closed)
Mercer Kitchen
Mesa Grill
Montrachet
Nobu
Noho Star
Oceana
Olives
Panama Hatties (Huntington Sta., LI) Petrossian
Piccolo’s (in Huntington, LI)
Rhone
Sarabeth’s Kitchen
Soho Kitchen & Bar (many times – now closed)
Sonia Rose
Sparks Steak House
Tea Box Café at Takashimaya
Temple Bar
Tribeca Grill
Union Square Cafe

Boston
A bunch, but all more than 11 years ago.

Upstate NY
Friends Lake Inn
Pat Russo’s Dugout
Plus many places in the Albany/Troy/Saratoga 13+ years ago.

Philadelphia
Fountain Restaurant (Four Seasons Hotel)

New Orleans
Brennan’s
Maximo's Italian Grill

Chicago
Cafe Spiaggia
Brasserie Jo
Topolobampo
(and many in Milwaukee)

Europe

England
Roussillion (London)
Yo! Sushi (London)
Nobu (London)
The Capital Restaurant (London)
The Red Fort (London)
Fischer's Baslow Hall (Baslow)
Holbeck Ghyll (Lake District)
Jerichos (Lake District)
Storrs Hall (Lake District)


Scotland
Inverlochy Castle
Cromlix House

Wales
Llangoed Hall
Ynyshir Hall
Old Rectory (Colwyn Bay)

Paris
Michel Rostang (our second favorite)
Taillevent (no need to ever return)
Lucas Carton (our favorite)
Willi’s Wine Bar
Cremerie Restaurant Polidor

Alsace
La Taverne Alsacienne
Auberge de L'Ill
Caveau D'Eguisheim
La Maison des Têtes

French Countryside
Les Florêts (Gigondas)
Abbaye de Sainte Croix (Salon de Provence)
Le Vieux Logis – Exceeded our expectations! (Dordogne)
Hostellerie de Plaisance (St. Emilion) – Californians sat at all the tables near us.
Claude Marco (Cahors)
Chateau Eze (Nr. Monte Carlo)
L’Oubliette (La Rochefoucauld near Chinon)
Jacky Dallais - La Promenade (Touraine)
Hotel-Spa Les Sources de Caudalie (Bordeaux)
Manoir de Bellerive (Dordogne)

L’Oustau de Baumaniere (Les Baux de Provence) – Exceptionally poor service! Jack will never go back.
La Cognette (Issoudon near Bourges)

Zurich
La Pavillion

Barcelona
Jean Luc Figueras
Botafumeiro
Xampya Xamp (well we drank cava there)

Italy
Giardino da Felicin (Monforte d'Alba)

South Pacific

Hong Kong

Felix
Jumbo (Aberdeen)
Spring Moon
Ritz-Carlton The Café

Macao
Henri's Galley




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