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Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina 11-11-12 review

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Had a great family dinner last night. There were six of us from 21 to 70 years old. Everyone was very happy with the food, service and ambience. We were seated right on arrival at reservation time. It was early on a sat and they were already full. Waiter very friendly and answered all of our questions about the menu. Appetizers included a few shaved honeycrisp apple salads, roasted butternut squash soup and caesar salad. The apple salads were beautiful and delicious. Caesar salad was delicious, very cold and crisp lettuce and one of the best dressings in a long time but I don't care for the long whole pieces but thats just a detail, still an excellent salad. Soup was good but the least favorite of the apps. For Mains we had a Lobster Pot Pie, Osso Buccos, Scallops and Skirt steaks. The Pot Pie lived up to it's reputation. The presentation is pretty fab and the portion is large and cooked perfectly. Osso Buccos were a hit, fork tender, rich sauce and a very big serving. Scallops looked beautiful, had a perfect sear and nearly melted in your mouth - excellent. Steaks were fine, cooked to order. I didn't taste them but looked very good. Mains, except for the lobster pot pie, came with really good sides. We also had Creamed Spinach and Truffled Mac and Cheese for the table. Spinach was perfect, Mac and Cheese could have been a little creamier, seemed a bit dry but was still tasty. With dinner had an '02 Jordan Cab in magnum - way yummy. For desert a couple orders of the Bignets and a roasted pineapple tart with coconut sorbet, all excellent and I could have eaten a gallon of the coconut sorbet.

A word about their service. Excellent. We hadn't been together in years and everything happened smoothly, flawlessly, timely, etc. without a single hitch or disruption of conversations. Couldn't have been better and everyone working there seemed genuinely nice and helpful.

The room looks great and for most of the evening wasn't too loud to talk. It got a little loud as the night went on but not nearly as bad as a lot of strip restaurants. Near the end of our meal a large table of loud probably drunk frat types having a birthday was seated near us but, Hey, it is vegas.

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    1. Heading there for Christmas - excellent review.

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