This is my 3rd time since moving to the Bay Area that I've eaten at Emile's. I first came here after the new owner took over and have watched her and her family hold this venerable restaurant together despite the hardship the previous owner brought to their lives. (Google: Emile Mooser). Chef Rollo's food is still outstanding. My fiancé had the Potato Crusted Salmon and I had the Rack of Lamb. Perfect ! Alexandra's charming husband Mike was our server and he took amazing care of us. He made us a complimentary Souffle and wished us good luck on our marriage. We knew that Alexandra has been ill and was rarely at the restaurant. We asked about her and Mike told us she was just leaving. Shortly she walked into the dining room in a red chef coat and an apron displaying the logo "Team Cuisine". We were so surprised to see her. She came over and gave me a hug and I introduced her to my fiancé. He got a hug too. I asked her if she was cooking now and she laughed and said, "No, I'm just one Chef Instructor....I only come in to lead our Team Buildings and oversee our banquets. I leave the real cooking to Rollo.". She looked tired and she told us she had to get her daughter home, hugged us again and left. We spent the rest of the evening enjoying our dinner, our souffle and loved having Mike serve us. This place is a hidden gem and surviving 5 years with what they have, they must be doing something right. I hope they're around forever.
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If you just want to hang out & unwind, the bar is okay. You can play a game of pool, or play the jukebox as loud as you want till the band starts. The Margarita's are extra strong. a great place to go if you want to get a good buzz for your dollar. The food isn't the best, but not the worst either. On Friday & Saturday nights they have free live Ranchera Music, or Tejano Music. Real old school stuff for the O.G.'s of the Story & King era. If ur an O.G. or like Malo / Santana / Little Joe music, then this is ur place. White people wont understand it. Say hi to Sam Goldstine the owner & the Very sexy bartender Deanna on Monday's & Thursday's, you will melt in her hands, she loves to dance sexy if you pick the right song! Great place for large groups or a birthday party!
My sister, who is planning to start a Neapolitan pizza restaurant in the Northeast, visited Naples to gain first hand experience of the pizzas. Post that she trip she came here to visit me. While visiting, she visited the top rated Neapolitan and Neo-style pizza restaurants between San Jose and San Francisco to evaluate their fare, to see how close their pizzas were to the ones she loved in Naples. She rated Pizza Bocca Lupo as the best, most authentic and the closest to the pizzas she had in Naples. In fact, she felt the rest of the pizzerias significantly paled in comparison. In fact, she was surprised how less than good the three in SF were. Congrats, Jenneke and Ronald de Vries! Please keep up the great baking.