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Cypress, Ottavio, or Artisan Bistro for a Birthday Dinner

shastashark Nov 14, 2012 12:34 PM


I'm taking out my wife and I'm thinking about these three places: Cypress, Ottavio, or Artisan Bistro.

We're not looking into fancy, just good, quality food.

I don't mind spending a little bit more as long as it's worth it.

So let me know your thoughts on these three places... thanks!

  1. j
    jaiko Mar 20, 2013 02:34 PM

    So where did you go? What's the report? Follow up, please?

    1. j
      jaiko Nov 15, 2012 12:02 PM

      I'll be devil's advocate to lindarita. We infinitely prefer Artisan to Ottavio. Ottavio was a little sloppy on the details, whereas we've never experienced that with either food or service at Artisan. Admittedly, we went to Ottavio once (and didn't want to go back) but have been to Artisan six times in 2-1/2 yrs. Waiting for that fourth bore...soon!

      Have not been to Cypress.

      1. l
        Lindarita Nov 14, 2012 07:34 PM

        Haven't been to Cypress, but I've been to the other two several times, and I think they're about even in terms of food & service quality -- which is very good but not perfect. Of the two, I think I'd prefer it if my husband chose Ottavio for my birthday dinner. It's a little more quiet, dark, and romantic, whereas Artisan Bistro is lively, more crowded, and seems better suited to a more casual night out, or night out with family or friends.

        1. Robert Lauriston Nov 14, 2012 01:13 PM

          Walnut Creek only or willing to travel how far?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            shastashark Nov 14, 2012 01:27 PM

            Since it might be raining in the next week, I thought I would keep it local. But if you have a recommendation... I'll look into it. Thanks!

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