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The Winery Restaurant in Tustin...a very good spot!

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josephnl Sep 22, 2012 11:29 AM

We were pleasantly surprised by a really quite excellent dinner last evening at The Winery Restaurant in Tustin. There is nothing spectacular about this restaurant, but everything...food, service and ambiance were all first rate. We were greeted warmly, seated at a comfortable table, and immediately attended to by a very pleasant and competent server. The cocktails were great. Warm and good bread were immediately served.

We split a caesar salad which was excellent. I had an absolutely delicious flat iron steak...perfectly prepared, lean, tender and obviously first-rate meat. Most of the beef comes from Brandt Farms which is the purveyor for Dean & Deluca...clearly a superb product. I had a baked potato side which was good. My companion had halibut which was served with four delicious shrimp and a nice assortment of vegetables. We shared a very good cheesecake for dessert.

We brought an excellent Oregon pinot noir from home. This was decanted for us without having to ask that this be done.

Our table was visited a few times by senior staff to make sure everything was fine...it was! This is definitely a place we'll return to!

  1. Midlife Sep 26, 2012 02:39 PM

    Going there for dinner tonight. TravelZoo had a half-price deal on a Chef's Menu, so I decided to give it a try. From what I recall, these guys are from Morton's, so it should be good.

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    1. re: Midlife
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      josephnl Sep 26, 2012 02:58 PM

      If you can get on of the steaks they buy from Bracdt Farms you'll not be disappointed! Please report back.

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        Midlife Sep 26, 2012 04:49 PM

        It's a pre fixe menu:

        First course:
        Santa Barbara heirloom tomato with fresh burrata mozzarella, arugula, garlic croutons and aged balsamic

        Second course:
        The popular Colorado buffalo carpaccio, black-pepper crusted with a sherry vinegar-truffle vinaigrette and crispy Parmesan straw

        Third course:
        Maine lobster and shrimp ravioli with wilted greens, lemon verbena and Alsatian Gewurztraminer butter

        Fourth course:
        Organic Turner New Zealand lamb chop and all-natural Angus beef tenderloin with mixed grilled organic vegetables and Cabernet essence

        Fifth course:
        The Winery cheesecake with zinfandel reduction and mixed-berry coulis

        I'll see what my writing skills can do with it tomorrow.

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          josephnl Sep 26, 2012 07:03 PM

          Sounds like a great dinner. Turner lamb should be good...Brandt beef is wonderful. Curious how much TravelZoo charged for this dinner?

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            Midlife Sep 26, 2012 10:33 PM

            It was $99 for two........ what they said was a $205 value. The dinner was REALLY very good. When we got there we realized they had added a $39 per person wine pairing (1/2 glass for each of four courses). I'd brought my own bottle with me but decided on their pairing because it was four different wines vs my one. Good decision. I'll post more detail about the meal tomorrow but, sadly, William Lewis (one of the owners) told us they don't think they'll be offering it again next year. Business must be getting better.

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              josephnl Sep 27, 2012 12:04 PM

              BTW William is not only a very nice gentleman, he is a very well-trained and knowledgeable sommelier!

              1. re: josephnl
                Midlife Sep 27, 2012 12:05 PM

                Agreed! I'd met him years ago, at a trade tasting, when he was at Morton's.

    2. OCEllen Sep 22, 2012 04:03 PM

      Would you term it casual or dressy? Food and wine sounds great on their website. Thanks for your report!

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        josephnl Sep 23, 2012 01:05 PM

        Depends on your definitions. This is a very nice restaurant where you could dress up a bit if you wish, however, most guests wear nice business casual attire. Jeans and/or T shirts are not appropriate.

        1. re: josephnl
          OCEllen Sep 23, 2012 02:11 PM

          As I assumed, Will check it out soon. Thanks josephnl!

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