Tustin >Winery Restaurant
big bunch of losers, NEVER GOING BACK :(.
WHAT A JOKE ,really bad owners/managers
bad & loud music in & outside or stupid sports crap :(
the food is ok but strange menu of ??? whatever stuff
service was fair but don't ever ask for something different then the norm
cause you will get nothing but a bad attitude.
the bar is dead always ,the patio is very loud do to all
the cars going by & they don't close it off .cold too.
this place could be ok if you get much better owner/managers like someone that really gives a crap
about what the costumers want ,oh my what a novel idea.
prices are to high for what you get
I had the salmon & it was a small piece with no sides
$25 if it was not worth it
I go to a lot of nice places to eat/drink & this place is a joke stay away
bewear of reviews that are to good, they my work there & put them to keep there jobs.
Not Just Another Silly Crush.
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, The District
It’s been a while since I found food worthy of writing about but after going multiple times to this one particular restaurant, I can say, with utmost certainty that there is some very exquisite cuisine in the “OC”. Allow me to introduce you to Chef Yvon Goetz and The Winery Restaurant and Bar located at the District in Tustin, CA. Hailing from Strasbourg, France, Chef Yvon brings a bit of French family tradition with his signature “YG Alsation Pizza” inspired by his grandmother, while also entertaining your palate with cuisine that exudes flavor and authenticity to such perfection, you’re in heaven. I must give my Ode to the Chef with my personal favorite, the daily special: “Foie Gras”. The foie gras literally entices your taste buds and once it touches your lips, the buttery, rich, perfectly balanced flavor takes hold. The preparation of the foie gras changes regularly but I have yet to be disappointed. A dessert item worth mentioning is the Crème de la Crème, the crème brulee. Rich, moist, creamy goodness with a twist of chocolate brimming at the base makes this indulgent delight almost orgasmic. The menu selection is impressive. However, la pièce de résistance is the infinite list of wines - BY THE GLASS - to the tune of up to 650 varietals. From all around the world, Chef Yvon and Sommalier, William Lewis, have selected some of the most delectable wines from a little bubbly like Bollinger, to Screaming Eagle, and Chateau Margaux. Regardless of what kind of wine beckons, there is sure to be something you desire.
The beauty of this restaurant is it suits those with sophisticated palates and those merely in search of some tasty food and a new spin on some traditional favorites. Let me walk you through the restaurant:
Upon arrival, I see the “Valet” sign. $5.00 to park your car which is refreshing right from the start, with complimentary Valet Monday-Friday at lunch. Walk through the double doors and you immediately see a wall lined with wine bottles, a Hostess, and usually the Manager. They take you to the right where the dining room opens up. To the right are the “Chef’s Tables” and booths, straight ahead, open tables; to the left, booths and the bar. The bar is superb and they feature a “Crush Hour” instead of a Happy Hour (a refreshing alternative), and it is available 7 days a week including an expanded Crush Hour from 4:30-10pm on Sunday’s, which also features live Jazz. Every detail is given the utmost attention and is most impressive; even down to the marble bathrooms that house incredible paintings. The Winery goes one step further offering a section for Cigar Aficionados in the patio outside and the Chef has an impressive selection of cigars available for purchase. Overall, this is not another “wine stop” like every other. The food is truly exquisite, the Front House is always pleasant, and the environment is enticing and welcoming.
A notable mention: Executive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef Danny Garcia were recently featured on Good Morning LA as part of a pre-Oscar culinary line-up of “Must-Eat” restaurants in LA and Orange County. You can preview the video by clicking here.
Written by Dawn Garcia
Good food, service sucks, overpriced menu.
March 12, 2011 5:30pm
Restaurant Staff needs retraining.
The man who seats the customers at this restaurant needs retraining. I haven't been subjected to this kind of treatment in a restaurant before. I reserved a table for 2 for a birthday celebration. When we arrived at 5:30 pm (early) there were plenty of open tables. When we were shown to a small table for two in a corner, I requested a table nearby where we might be able to sit side by side. He said it was reserved. (The restaurant was only 20% full, plenty of empty tables in sight.) Instead we were taken to the bar area (where it is noisier) and when I commented negatively on this table, I was then offered a table OUTSIDE on the (cold) patio area. I declined and remained. The food itself was good and the waiter service was good, but the attendant who seats the customers (maitre'D?) needs to be retrained because he thinks he is more important than the customers who pay his wages.I was insulted by his actions and his demeanor. (I felt like we were not worthy to sit at one of the many empty tables in the quiet part of the restaurant.) Additionally, I reserved my table as a birthday celebration for my wife 2 days in advance. This was totally ignored by the receptionist and this attendant until I mentioned it upon our departure. Then he offered a complimentary bar drink. (My wife does not drink.) When we left, most of the empty tables that were visible (and supposedly RESERVED) when we arrived, were still empty when we left. What a waste. I most likely will not ever return to this restaurant despite the good food. Ruth Chris restaurant gives better service and is more courteous, and less pretentious, to their customers while still offering high quality food. Customer courtesty still counts a lot.
Less than expected.
We went to the restaurant last night, for the first time. I ordered the Pan Seared Halibut with Clams. When the dish arrived it was 1/3rd full of broth. Too much juice in the bowl, it was more like a soup. The potatoes, olives and beans were submerged, the halibut you could not taste. The dish was served in a high bowl with out a base plate, you did not have a place to rest your fork. If you placed it in the bowl, it slipped in and you had to fish it out. Bad presentation for this dish. We also asked for a bottle of white Pinot wine, they brought a red Pinot Noir, I said this is red, the host said there is not white Pinot Noir, well for an establishment calling themselves The Winery, they should know there is a wine called Pinot Blanco.
Lovely Place to Eat & listen to Jazz.
Had dinner with family 8/16. The Alsatian "Pizza" appetizer & the Tomato & Eggplant Bisque was wonderful.
So were the entrees: Braised Beef done to perfection, & the Pan Seared Halibut & Manilla Clams had a fabulous sauce. Quite beautiful inside, Jazz group started playing around 7pm making a lovely evening. Excellent attentive service.
I thought the food was horrible. The tomatoes were soggy, and the filet overdone.
Also at one point the 'Host' needed to turn down the blinds for the sun, and came back to put them up after the sun set. He promised me a glass of wine for the inconvenience of reaching over my neck and never showed up.
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