All Reviews by tall1sobay

  • Greystone The Steak House 658 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-0225

    3 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    Went here based on the excellent reviews it's received here. Have to say that it lived up to them in some respects, fell short in others. The food was good to very good. I don't often mention specific dishes but I think I need to explain. My wife and I went here for our anniversary. We started with the tomato and onion salad with bleu cheese - very good - and the shrimp and lobster bisque - also very good. For a main course I ordered the elk (and my wife had the lobster risotto. The elk was very good but I wished I had gotten the rib-eye (my steak house standard). My wife's risotto was very disappointing. It was really more like Spanish rice with lobster (lots of lobster but I'd kind of expect that since the dish was about $40). The rice they used looked like a long grain rice - not the standard short grain (Aborio) and wasn't creamy at all. For dessert we had the pistachio ice cream - really tasty and a flourless chocolate cake - OK. Now, here's where the service comes in. It was very, very good. We sent the risotto back and within two minutes the manager was there. He apologized, said he'd take it off the bill and buy us a couple of desserts as well as offering another dish. The waiter was very good too and got us a nice wine recommendation. \r \r The atmosphere was very nice (jeans and a nicer shirt is probably fine). Not a great place to bring little kids and parking is very down town-y - we valeted. All-in-all I wouldn't rush back here but I wouldn't avoid it either.
  • Consuelo Mexican Bistro 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 260-7082

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    The food here is very good and quite unusual. I haven't had a bad meal but I'm not sure what region of Mexico the food comes from. As mentioned before the guacamole is made fresh at your table, to your liking and is delicious. What many people find unusual is that there are no chips. The guacamole is served with fresh tortillas. I've been amused listening to people try to order chips. One guy actually asked if they could fry up some tortillas for his table! Why can't people go with the flow? If they don't have chips, they don't have any damn chips! \r \r The atmosphere is casual but nice. You can come in jeans and feel comfortable but suits aren't out of place either. The service is OK here; nothing to write home about. We've had decent service and very bad service but never great service. They're lucky the food makes up for it. This is a borderline place to bring kids. It's not really set up for kids but they will make some attempts to accommodate them. Parking isn't too bad on weeknights but it's always bad at Santana Row on the weekends
  • Pizza Antica 334 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 557-8373

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Very good pizza. I haven't had much else here but I like their selection of pizzas and have tried most of them. The atmosphere is nice and relatively relaxed for a busy place. The service is generally good. The hosts can have a little bit of an attitude but this is Santana Row... I think that's a prerequisite. Parking is... well, this is Santana Row.\r
  • Mojo Burger 6041 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 (408) 281-1345

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    This is a very good burger joint. They use high grade natural Angus beef for their burgers and the buns and produce are fresh as well. The fries really reminded me of In-n-Out except they were a little larger - they tasted freshly made and were seasoned well but were on the soft (floppy?) side. The onion rings were good. The service is fast and friendly.\r \r The atmosphere is burger joint (maybe a bit confused about their image). The place is clean and open. It's a great place for kids - good food and a lower counter with videos playing quietly or no sound at all. Parking wasn't a problem.\r \r We will definitely go there again.\r
  • Taiwan Restaurant-Willow Glen 1306 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 289-8800

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    Probably the best Chinese food in San Jose, certainly Willow Glen. I've never had anything I didn't think was very good here. The take-out is good and pretty quick. The service is usually good but can be slow. The place gets very busy on weekends.\r \r The atmosphere is pretty standard Chinese restaurant. It's an OK place to bring kids if they can stand the occasional wait (or just bring it home). Parking behind the restaurant is OK but not great.
  • Yiassoo 2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 559-0312

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    Very good Greek fast food. I really like this place. Everything we've had here is tasty. The gyros, spanakopita and baklava stand out. The service is generally friendly and pretty fast.\r \r The atmosphere is fast food. It's a fine place for kids if they like different kinds of food. Parking isn't a problem.
  • The Kings Head Pub & Restaurant 201 Orchard City Dr, Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 871-2499

    3 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    The food is OK. If you ate here and believed that British food is bland and not that great then you'd probably think this place is authentic - it's not. They serve food you might find in a pub in England but that's where the comparison ends. I found the food to be bland and a little overpriced. The best thing we had was the calamari and my Boddingtons. The service was pretty good. The waitress was friendly although not as attentive as I would have liked.\r \r The atmosphere is British pub meets American bar. It's an OK place for kids (they have a decent kid's menu) if you don't mind the pub atmosphere (I don't). Parking is OK but I'm going to guess it's busy on weekend nights
  • Hamura Saimin Stand 2956 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766 (808) 245-3271

    5 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    Excellent food (saimin, beef and chicken skewers) popular with the locals and tourists. Can be hard to get a seat at the counter at lunch or dinner time. The place is a dive and, curiously, that's why I bumped it from an 8 to a 9. I love a good dive and this is a great dive! My wife's grandparents are from Hawaii and they remember eating at Hamura in the 60's (maybe 50's). You've got to give them a nod for tradition. The waitstaff is friendly but not overly so and a first time diner can feel lost but just ask one of the many locals and they're usually glad to help you out. I'd go with the saimin, it's the best.\r
  • Globe Restaurant 290 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 391-4132

    4 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    Got lucky and went on a Sunday. Had the ""Farm Menu"", a 4 course meal based on what the chef could find at the farmers' market that day. Very good overall with very fresh ingredients presented in an interesting way. Particularly good was the stinging nettle spaghetti and the duck. The pluot tart was OK but a little too tart for my liking. The pastry was a puff-type pastry which I didn't expect. My wife and kids tried the apple tart which was much better.\r \r Like a lot of S.F. restaurants, this isn't the best place to take kids but they did their best to accommodate us and we felt welcome. The service was good but I did detect a bit of attitude from our waitress but nothing offensive. It's S.F. - I don't think I really need to say anything about parking.\r
  • La Fondue 14550 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 (408) 867-3332

    5 stars Posted on 11/21/2006 04:00pm

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    This place is terrific! The food is really outstanding and if you've never tried fondue then this is the place to go for your first attempt. You can order individual items off the menu but I prefer to go with the ""Fondue Feast"". It's a LOT of food but since this is a once every 3 or 4 month place (mostly due to price and the time it takes). They start you with a very good salad and then you move to the cheese fondue. They have a great selection to choose from and they make it at your table, telling you all the ingredients that go into it. After that you move to the ""main course"". In the ""Feast"" you choose 6 different meats ranging from chicken to shrimp to buffalo and elk. I would HIGHLY recommend that you choose the grilling method of cooking. We've tried the more traditional style fondues for the meat and you really just end up boiling the meat - the grilling adds much more flavor (although it can be a little smokey). After that you're on to the chocolate. It is delicious and they give you a great assortment of goodies (rice crispy treats, apples, bananas, marshmallows, snickers, etc) to dip. You really can't go wrong here. Don't forget that Mondays and Tuesdays are BYOB (bring your own bottle) nights - bring a bottle of wine (or two) and there's no corking fee!\r \r The atmosphere is eclectic and very nice. It's a great place to go for a romantic dinner or to hang out with a couple of friends (if there's more than 3 of you ask for a 2 burner table). The service is consistently great to excellent. The servers tend to tag-team the tables so you usually don't have to sit too long between refills, etc. The pace is quite a bit slower than most restaurants so go when you have the time to enjoy the meal. I wouldn't recommend this place for younger kids (maybe under 8 or 9 years old) since the meal takes awhile and you have a hot burner on your table. Parking is usually OK - better on weeknights than weekends.