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Sep 11, 2006 04:42 PM

Another lovely evening at Luella

Went to Luella again last night, and it continues to shine. The host was wonderful, service was personal, professional, and attentive without being intrusive.

Had the watermelon salad (watermelon, toasted pine nuts, fresh mint, lime juice, feta and cayenne) and the artichoke soup with shaved pecorino. Both wonderful.

For mains, we had the fresh halibut with beurre blanc and asparagus, with fresh herbs and some kind of bulgur wheat salad sprinkled on top (light and perfectly cooked), and the signature filet with stilton and sauteed spinach.

We also had 2 glasses of wine (under $10) recommended by the server, and shared the ricotta fritters drizzled with orange honey.

The total for dinner and wine, before tip, was $98.

The atmosphere is so pleasant - low, mellow music, soft lighting, cable car going by outside, casual and special at the same time. There's a small bar area in front where I would feel very comfortable having dinner as well. It's a great spot - I am just kicking myself for not having tried it sooner.

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  1. This is one of our most favorite places in the city currently. We've taken several out of town visitors there and they have loved it. The first time we ate there I was so relaxed and comfortable I didn't want to leave and that feeling has not changed. I would guess we've eaten there 8-10 times and there has never been a glitch which I know is hard to have happen.

    The fritters are to die for, never leave there without ordering them.

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    1. re: rtmonty

      Your rec was the reason we got those fritters! They are ridiculously good.

      Everyone we take there just LOVES it.

      1. re: rtmonty

        fritters? i'm looking on the website menu and are you talking about the fritto misto or the polenta fries?

      2. This sounds like a lovely place. Thanks for posting. Is the parking impossible or do they have valet?

        1. The polenta fries are also amazing! But so are the polenta fries and the crispy sweeetbreads. Pretty much anything fried is worth ordering.

          There is no valet parking in front of the restaurant, but in front of the old Alhambra theater on Polk St two blocks away.

          1. Went recently and had the fritto misto which was quite good. Baby artichokes, green beans and onions fried in a light tempura-style batter. The chicken was good, however the scallop and black truffle ravioli was so rich it was almost inedible. Tasted like a stick of butter in the mouth. Limited wine list, nice ambiance, but very empty. I am worried about their survival.