I am going to this restaurant for the first time this Friday and debating on bringing wine ($25 corkage) or purchasing off wine list. The list is not available prior to the dinner therefore I have no idea on selection (I hear it's good)or pricing. Can anyone chime in on this place given your experience.

Thanks.

Brad
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AWESOME RESTAURANT!

The wine list is great with much to choose from and I think you will see the prices are very reasonable.

The owner frequently comes around to check in on everyone and if you bring your own bottle he will check it out. He does not mind at all and likes to see what people are bringing.

What type of wine are you looking for? If you are into Bordeaux the list will accommodate you.

I highly recommend you go for the lamb with your wine and give the lobster bisque a shot. The Souffl'ee is great as is the Crème brûlée. I think you will like the place, I have been twice so far and plan to go again soon.

The prosciutto and cheese platters are great starters... Smile
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
AWESOME RESTAURANT!

The wine list is great with much to choose from and I think you will see the prices are very reasonable.

The owner frequently comes around to check in on everyone and if you bring your own bottle he will check it out. He does not mind at all and likes to see what people are bringing.

What type of wine are you looking for? If you are into Bordeaux the list will accommodate you.

I highly recommend you go for the lamb with your wine and give the lobster bisque a shot. The Souffl'ee is great as is the Crème brûlée. I think you will like the place, I have been twice so far and plan to go again soon.

The prosciutto and cheese platters are great starters... Smile

Thanks for the heads up Sticky. I am going with one other couple. We decided to bring wine as a backup and check out their list first. I was going to bring one of my favorite Champagnes (1975 Rene Collard) and a 2000 Vieux De Telegraphe CDP. Not sure what the other couple is bringing. I was looking for French Rhone or Bordeaux. We'll play it by ear. lab is one of my favorites as is lobster bisque so I will definitely consider those options. Last weekend we went to the Hobbit in Orange and it was good. Ordered wines from their cellar at a reasonable price (a Red Burgundy and a California meritage). You actually start with appetizers in the cellar so that was neat to see everything first hand. Next weekend we're off to Santa Barbara so I am looking for a good restaurant up there too. If you know of anything let me know.

Thanks.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
AWESOME RESTAURANT!

The wine list is great with much to choose from and I think you will see the prices are very reasonable.

The owner frequently comes around to check in on everyone and if you bring your own bottle he will check it out. He does not mind at all and likes to see what people are bringing.

What type of wine are you looking for? If you are into Bordeaux the list will accommodate you.

I highly recommend you go for the lamb with your wine and give the lobster bisque a shot. The Souffl'ee is great as is the Crème brûlée. I think you will like the place, I have been twice so far and plan to go again soon.

The prosciutto and cheese platters are great starters... Smile

Thanks for the heads up Sticky. I am going with one other couple. We decided to bring wine as a backup and check out their list first. I was going to bring one of my favorite Champagnes (1975 Rene Collard) and a 2000 Vieux De Telegraphe CDP. Not sure what the other couple is bringing. I was looking for French Rhone or Bordeaux. We'll play it by ear. lab is one of my favorites as is lobster bisque so I will definitely consider those options. Last weekend we went to the Hobbit in Orange and it was good. Ordered wines from their cellar at a reasonable price (a Red Burgundy and a California meritage). You actually start with appetizers in the cellar so that was neat to see everything first hand. Next weekend we're off to Santa Barbara so I am looking for a good restaurant up there too. If you know of anything let me know.

Thanks.


Let me know how you like the food and the wine list. The place is a little tricky to find btw, good luck Smile

I don't know anything in Santa Barbara only been a couple times and I ate at one of the restaurants on the pier. Not the worlds best food but good and the view can't be beat.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
...Next weekend we're off to Santa Barbara so I am looking for a good restaurant up there too. If you know of anything let me know...

The Hungry Cat for excellent seafood

Louie's Bistro in the Upham Hotel, excellent food at very reasonable prices. go just before dusk and get a table on the patio

both have good wine lists and BYOB
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Originally posted by kumazam:
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Originally posted by xhoser:
...Next weekend we're off to Santa Barbara so I am looking for a good restaurant up there too. If you know of anything let me know...

The Hungry Cat for excellent seafood

Louie's Bistro in the Upham Hotel, excellent food at very reasonable prices. go just before dusk and get a table on the patio

both have good wine lists and BYOB


Thanks kumazam. I will look into each or those places.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
Last weekend we went to the Hobbit in Orange and it was good. Ordered wines from their cellar at a reasonable price (a Red Burgundy and a California meritage). You actually start with appetizers in the cellar so that was neat to see everything first hand.
The Hobbit is a cool experience. Feels like you’re eating at Grammas house with fancier food. Starting out the evening in the underground cellar is really cool.
I ate at the Cellar about 5 years ago. It was a good dinner for sure, but not mind-blowing. Also, I did manage to get a copy of the list in advance, studied it, and pre-chose some wines. The only trouble was that several of the wines I chose were not available! It was still a good overall experience, and the list is impressive.
Xhoser;

Have eatern there several times. Wine list is excellent in the traditionals - Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay - and a few excellent Frend - but it you want anything else - BYO. I just go for the heavier dishes that do cater to the Cab/Chards which is OK by me..... Enjoy.
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Originally posted by grossie:
I ate at the Cellar about 5 years ago. It was a good dinner for sure, but not mind-blowing. Also, I did manage to get a copy of the list in advance, studied it, and pre-chose some wines. The only trouble was that several of the wines I chose were not available! It was still a good overall experience, and the list is impressive.


Ownership changed hands 3 years ago.
We're still in Santa Barbara but wanted to mention our dinner at the Cellar. It was a rather small restaurant and the entrance was not obvious at all from the street. I looked at the wine list and felt it was expensive and a little lacking in the southern Rhone (CDP) area so we ended up drinking our own wines. I recall that a 2004 BV George Latour was $185, a 2005 Dominus close to $300 I believe and a recent vintage of Chateau Montelena was around $225. However it was rather extensive in California and Bordeaux. They had a special dinner menue celebrating 38 years which was $38 for the month of July so some of us took advantage of that. I had the fois gras to start, the lobster bisque, duck as the main course and chocolate mousse with strawberries for dessert. I thought the food was very good, the wine service was also well done. It is a small quiet restaurant, maybe not best for us as the couple we were with can get a little loud but it was all in good fun. I think it is definitely worth trying out. I wasn't "wowed" by the place was enjoyed the meal very much.

Also ate at Louie's Bistro last night in Santa Barbara which was a very good choice (thanks Kumazam) took a local bottle of Foley pinot noir and enjoyed with a nice bone-in pork chop, wife had the lamb. Good service, nice setting and reasonable prices ($15 corkage).
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Originally posted by xhoser:
...Also ate at Louie's Bistro last night in Santa Barbara which was a very good choice (thanks Kumazam) took a local bottle of Foley pinot noir and enjoyed with a nice bone-in pork chop, wife had the lamb. Good service, nice setting and reasonable prices ($15 corkage)...

nice xhoser, im glad you liked it... Smile last time i was there i had the lamb as well (believe the reduction had mint in it, which was a first for me and enjoyable). for the $$$, one of the better restaurants up there in my opinion... too many high priced disappointments are common in the area unfortunately

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