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Finally went to this place and had great expectations. We had the shrimp, market salad, mussels, fries, a glass of wine and two beers. The shrimp meat was somewhat soft and could have been previously frozen. When the fries came out they were twice fried and warm to the touch. I order another batch and they were great. The meal cost over $80.00 and I was charged for both orders at $ 7.50 a pop, really. Note, for anyone who goes, order at the counter and get a number then the food will arrive. Also, look at the chalk board for the entrees and specials. Finally, Swanns market place is a communal dinning space, order from either kitchen and enjoy.
I wouldn't expect anything but exceptional and hospitality is a family trait. To tell you the truth, my favorite place to eat in Pacific Grove is at Nani's mother's little patio in her seaside cottage. Cooking is in their DNA. Can't wait to go to Oakland. I cant believe I just said that. But I will. The same light and joy that emanated from the little blond bouncing child I first knew on Cannery Row infuses everything she touches with charm and fun and deliciousness from her books, to her catering and now this, her very own restaurant. Excellent!
Plum was the most pretentious restaurant I've ever been to. Daniel only digs his hole deeper saying SF would have taken to his cuisine. I rest my case.
Warning: Do not read this review if you are hungry.
Mike: I haven't had it recently enough to say "better" for sure, but Boot and Shoe Service, right down the street, often has a very good meatball sandwich on its lunch menu.
If I don't care about the price, where should I go for a better meatball sandwich?
I just went to Giovanni's and tried to buy a $100 gift certificate as a gift for my friend. The hostess this evening basically said to me that the gift certificates were in a safe and that she was reluctant to go get them because she was all sweaty. I basically replied that it was fine and muttered to myself that I was sure some other restaurant would take my $100 and then went to Revival Bar and spent my money there. MOREOVER, I had a reservation that I made for Giovanni's tomorrow night to celebrate an anniversary and when I got home I decided to cancel it and we will go somewhere else. The hostess' laziness reflects badly on the whole restaurant thus I have decided not to go to Giovanni's any more.
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Very appealing the way it is described here.......but I am on the other coast..... Next Time?
We love Michel Bistro! But now it is going to be sooo hard to get into!! The soups are heavenly!
Yep all true! We've been 10 times already! Now stay away or we won't be able to get in the joint!
Tried this place a few Sundays ago. Great food, staff and clientele. Long wait.
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And on the opposite end, they get it when I ask for a dish to be spicy, I end up with soul rending hot! A definite go to default restaurant for me!
Glad you got to check it out!
On my list
sounds great--Luke, you are clearly the best Bay Area food critic. i like that you find places which i could eat at at real world prices. I like the fact that I could probably eat out for 2 weeks at places you find for the same price of one meal which they review over at SF Gate (MB)
Great to have a new place to eat In Lower Bottoms. Good food, friendly people. Looking forward to more to come.
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