Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino – #1 Restaurant in Mendocino

Cafe Beaujolais MendocinoBe sure to dine at Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino. We’ve eaten at most of the restaurants in Mendocino and this is easily our favorite Mendocino restaurant.
Prior to enjoying a meal here, we had heard lots of great things. Our expectations were high, which is not always a good thing.

However, this place lived up to its reputation. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent throughout the meal.
It’s a charming restaurant converted from a small cottage. The ambiance is intimate and relaxed. The hostess and our servers were friendly and knowledgeable.

The California French cuisine is outstanding with an emphasis on organically grown local produce. The food we ordered was perfectly prepared. We shared a bowl of white bean soup topped with an heirloom tomato salsa. A great starter!

Chicken Breast with Risotto
Kathy had Mary’s Free Range Chicken Breast with white cheddar risotto. The sauce on the chicken was creamy and full of flavor. The risotto had a rich, buttery yet tangy flavor that we both loved.

I devoured the Pan Roasted California Sturgeon Fillet. Served with a house made tagliatelle, truffle emulsion sauce, wild forest mushrooms, beets and snap peas. . .it melts in your mouth. The fish was tender and juicy.

Blackberry Crisp
I enjoyed the local blackberry crisp for dessert. It was served with an amazing Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.

Creme Brulee
I loved my dessert, but Kathy’s was even better. She had their classic creme brulee. I’ve eaten creme brulee at many restaurants and this is definitely one of the best. It had a rich vanilla flavor and was so creamy.

We will definitely return to this Mendocino restaurant whenever we are in the area. If you haven’t eaten here, we highly recommend it. Make reservations because this is a small, popular establishment. They serve both lunch and dinner.

Fun Things to Do in the Mendocino Area

Explore the small town of Mendocino by foot. You’ll find lots of interesting shops, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms. The city is perched along the coastline so take a stroll down the paths that meander along the shore. It’s stunning scenery!

Van Damme State ParkVisit Van Damme State Park. It’s just three miles south of Mendocino. This is the place for camping, hiking, and walks on the beach. You can even dive for abalone during the season. It’s mostly a place to relax and enjoy the spectacular views.

Goldeneye Winery

Goldeneye Winery

Go Wine Tasting at a few of the many wineries in Mendocino County. This area is producing some outstanding wines. Browse the list of wineries and read the descriptions to find a few that you want to visit. Wineries in this area are mostly small, family owned wineries. If they charge a fee for tasting, they usually waive that fee if you purchase a bottle of wine.

Contact Information

Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino
Address: 961 Ukiah St., Mendocino, CA
Telephone: (707)937-5614

Directions Driving North On Highway 1
1. Exit at Main Street.
2. Turn right onto Evergreen Street.
3. Turn left onto Ukiah Street.
4. It is on your left.

Directions Driving South on Highway 1
1. Turn right onto Little Lake Road.
2. Turn right onto School Street.
3. School street ends at Ukiah Street and the restaurant is on your left.

Have you dined at Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino? If so, please take a moment to tell us about your experience at this restaurant. We’d love to hear from you!

Buona Tavola – Amazing Italian Restaurant

Buona Tavola Paso Robles Restaurant
Buona Tavola is an amazing restaurant located in Paso Robles. The restaurant features the cuisine of northern Italy. Chef and owner, Antonio Varia, consistently creates culinary masterpieces for diners to enjoy in a casually elegant setting.

While wine tasting along the Central Coast, my wife and I stopped for lunch. The setting is casually elegant with Italian music playing softly in the background.

Buona Tavola ChefMy wife and I shared a Caesar Salad. It was a generous serving of fresh romaine lettuce, rosemary garlic croutons, diced roma tomatoes, and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. The Caesar dressing was homemade and delicious. Focaccia bread was served with a tasty olive tapenade. It didn’t take long for us to realize that we had found a wonderful new restaurant.

petti di pollo bufalina - Itallian chicken dishWe both ordered the Petti di pollo bufalina at the recommendation of our server. This is a double breast of free-range chicken topped with mozzarella cheese and a sage white wine sauce. The chicken was nice and tender and the sauce was full of flavors.

chocolate souffle
I ordered a dessert called Crema Di Vanilla Della Buona Tavola. This is a vanilla cream custard topped with a rich caramel sauce on one side and a creamy chocolate sauce on the other half. It was wonderful. My wife had a chocolate souffle that was to die for. (I know because I helped her eat it as well!)

Everything about this meal was perfect. It’s a small, intimate setting. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing. The service was outstanding. Our server, Lisa, was friendly and attentive. We were drinking ice tea and she kept our glasses full throughout the meal.

Buena Paso RoblesLunch is served on weekdays from 11:30 until 2:00. Dinner is served daily beginning at 5:30 PM. Reservations are recommended for dinner. There are two tables available out front on the patio. There’s an extensive wine list which includes both Italian and local Central Coast wines. Bottles of wine are half price on Wednesdays. They also have a full service bar.

Buona Tavola was easily our favorite restaurant of the trip. We did not have a single complaint. As we left, we were already planning when we would be able to return.

Contact Information for Buona Tavola – Paso Robles

Address: 943 Spring Street, Paso Robles, California
Telephone: (805) 237-0600
Parking on the street was easy to find.

Directions Traveling South on Highway 101
1. Exit at Pine Street and go straight on Pine.
2. Turn left onto 4th Street.
3. Turn right onto Spring Street.
4. Park on the street. We usually find parking around the corner on the street.

Directions Traveling North on Highway 101
1. Take the Spring Street exit.
2. Bear right onto Spring Street.
3. Park on the street.

If you have dined at Buona Tyvola, please comment below. We’d love to heard about your dining experience.

Paso Robles Wineries

Paso Robles Wine CountryThere are more than 200 wineries in Paso Robles. Most have wine tasting rooms. And this number is constantly growing. Use the Cheers-2-Wine Guide to Paso Robles Wineries to learn about the wineries and narrow down your list of wineries to visit. We have information on all of the wineries. This includes addresses, hours open, a description of each winery, and a link to the winery websites.
Click Here – Paso Robles Winery Guide

Pietro’s Italian Restaurant – The Place to Go in Lodi

Pietro's Italian Restaurant Pietro’s Italian Restaurant is the place to go for lunch or dinner in Lodi. They feature fresh locally produced Italian cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Owners Jim and Annette Murdaca circulate throughout the restaurant greeting guests and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Pietro's Restaurant Garden
Many of the ingredients they use come from the gardens outside the restaurant. It’s fun to browse the raised beds to see eggplant, basil, zucchini, tomatoes, lemons, and other vegetables growing.

My wife and I have eaten at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant numerous times. We have never been disappointed. Favorites include their signature dish, Nettie’s Homemade Ravioli with meat sauce. The Veal Scaloppini is deliciously sauteed with mushrooms, fresh marinara sauce, and wine.

Chicken Picatta - Pietros
My wife’s “go-to” dish is the Penne al Pietro, which is prawns, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli sauteed in garlic. We both love the Chicken Picata. This dish is sauteed chicken with garlic and capers in a lemon wine sauce. There’s so many incredible choices!

The New York Steak Sandwich is the thickest, largest, most flavorful steak sandwich I’ve ever had. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Everything is accompanied with incredible buttery ciabatta bread. Save room for dessert so you can enjoy the Cannoli. This is an Italian style crepe filled with fresh hand-packed ricotta cheese, chocolate chips, and pistachios. End the meal with an after-dinner drink.

Patio at Pietro's Trattoria
Dine outside on the patio if the weather permits. It’s very cozy and relaxing sitting outside surrounded by gardens. Pierto’s is a popular restaurant for both locals and tourists. An increasing number of people visit Lodi to go wine tasting at the many Lodi wineries nearby. Reservations are recommended; especially on the weekends.

Pietros Italian Restaurant LodiPietro’s Trattoria
Address: 317 E. Kettleman Lane, Lodi, CA 95240
Telephone: (209) 368-0613
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM – 9PM; Fri. 11AM – 9:30PM; Sat. 11:30AM – 9:30PM
*Children’s Menu *Gluten Free Pastas *Take-Out
*Banquet Facilities *Online Ordering

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Romantic Getaways Santa Cruz – Shadowbrook Restaurant

romantic getaways santa cruzRomantic getaways Santa Cruz – Shadowbrook Restaurant is known for its romantic setting and ambiance. This restaurant promises a magical evening with its location along Soquel Creek in the charming seaside town of Capitola-by-the-Sea.

Located at the bottom of a beautifully landscaped hill, you can take the small red cable car, or tram, down to the restaurant or walk the garden path lushly lined with waterfalls, ferns, ivy, and other plants.

The romantic lighting, dark wood paneling, fire places, elegant table settings, and windows overlooking the creek create an ambiance that is hard to beat.

Restaurant - Santa Cruz Shadowbrook was established in 1947 and has won numerous awards for “Most Romantic Restaurant”. It’s a popular place for both weddings and proposals and the staff will help you out with special requests to make your proposal perfect.

We have eaten at Shadowbrook many times over the years. It’s the perfect place for relaxing and spending time with the special person in your life.

In addition to the restaurant, there is a bar and lounge with live entertainment on weekends. You can also enjoy a drink outside on the patio next to the creek. On our last visit we started out with their famous artichoke soup. Throughout the evening a server walked around with a basket of warm sour dough rolls and soft butter making sure you were supplied with all the bread you want.

Romantic Getaway Steve ordered the Chicken Breast Oscar. It was a boneless breast topped with Dungeness crab meat, avocado, and béarnaise sauce. I decided on Fresh Red Trout Amandine, one of the daily specials. It was pan seared with brown butter. Both dinners were served with fresh vegetables and wild rice pilaf. Everything was delicious.

For dessert Steve tried the Jack Daniel’s Mud Pie, which was coffee crunch ice cream topped with a whiskey-chocolate sauce. It was a large dessert, which we could have shared easily. I chose the chocolate crème brulee. I usually order the traditional vanilla bean crème brulee. While the chocolate was yummy, my favorite is still the vanilla.

Our server, Brandon, was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu and the area. We recommend this great restaurant in Santa Cruz. Plan a visit soon; you will not be disappointed. Shadowbrook creates the ambiance that is perfect for romantic getaways.

Contact Information:

Shadowbrook Restaurant
Address: 1750 Wharf Rd., Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010
Telephone: (831) 475-1511 or (800) 975-1511

Directions from Highway 1: Exit at 41st Avenue traveling toward the ocean (this is a right turn from Hwy. 1 South or a left turn from Hwy. 1 North). Turn left at the stoplight onto Capitola Rd., ½ of a mile turn left onto Wharf Rd. The restaurant is on the right and the parking lots are on the left. Visit Shadowbrook Restaurant for the perfect Romantic Getaways Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz is known for its fantastic wineries. Some are located in the city of Santa Cruz, while others are in the scenic Santa Cruz mountains. Plan a wine tasting trip soon.

Information on Santa Cruz wineries

Have you experienced romantic getaways Santa Cruz by dining at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola? If you have, we would love to hear all about your dining experience. Please leave a comment below.

Romantic Dining

Towne House Restaurant (formerly called Wine & Roses) – The Perfect Setting for a Romantic Evening

Romantic Dining, Wine and Roses Restaurant

Searching for a restaurant with romantic dining? Located in the heart of Lodi Wine Country, Towne House Restaurant is our top choice for romantic dining in a casually elegant atmosphere. The California and French cuisine features fresh local ingredients.

Everything about this great restaurant creates a relaxing, comfortable ambiance providing the perfect setting for a romantic date. The grounds are beautiful with lush landscaping and splashes of color.

Inside the fireplace is blazing, candlelight flickers throughout, a pianist sings as she plays, and to top it all off. . . the food is wonderful.

The food looks and tastes great. We went recently for Kathy’s birthday and thoroughly enjoyed the romantic evening. She enjoyed the salmon and I devoured the veal. We had a bottle of wine from a local Lodi winery. We thought the price on the wine was reasonable. The wine list features many local wines as well as wines from throughout the California Wine Country.

We’ve eaten at Towne House Restaurant a number of times and keep coming back. When the weather is nice, dining outside on their patio is lovely. We recommend this wine country restaurant as the perfect place for romantic dining.

This restaurant is a great place to celebrate special occasions. The ambiance creates the atmosphere you want for a special romantic date. We have not been disappointed.

Towne House Restaurant is located on the grounds of Wine and Roses, which offers unique and luxurious accommodations that we are happy to recommend as well.

Information on Lodi Wineries

Jeremy Wines

Jeremy Wines – downtown Lodi

While in this area, be sure to enjoy sampling the wines at the wonderful wineries in the Lodi Wine Country. This area is especially known for their outstanding Zinfandel. However, many other wonderful wines are being produced in Lodi. This is the place to go for quality wines at reasonable prices.

Contact Information:
Towne House Restaurant
Address: 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA 95242
Telephone: (209) 334-6988 or (877) 310-3358.

From Hwy. 99 – Take Turner Rd. exit. Go west 2.5 miles. Turn right into the driveway just beyond Ham Lane.

From Interstate 5 – Take Turner Rd. exit. Go east 5 miles. Turn left into the driveway just before the first stoplight.

Our #1 Choice for Romantic Restaurant. Fine Dining is truly exceptional at this Lodi Restaurant.

Have you experienced romantic dining at Towne House Restaurant in Lodi? If you have, please tell us what you thought about this Lodi restaurant.