Gotta wonder: comments about this place ranging from abominable to incredible… Food reviews ARE subjective, but… how to explain this? Bad night/good night at the resto? “Planted” reviews — from Stevenswood competitors or its promoters? Reviewers’ general life outlook — from bitter and black to sunny and sweetsie? I just don’t know.
My comments on the Stevenswood restaurant:
Food – tremendous; artfully conceived and prepared — using fresh, quality ingredients. Well presented.
Service — generally very good, though servers were young and ranged from inexperienced to excellent.
Decor and ambiance: Some have called it “sterile” or “dull.” In my lexicon that translates to “serene” and “unassuming.”
Price: pretty expensive. (But NOT as expensive as the Mendocino Hotel restaurant just up the coast in Mendocino village proper. There are certainly less pricey menus around town, though — in more modest bistros/cafes, etc.
To give you some perspective on my review:
My favorite San Francisco restaurant: Gary Danko.
My “consumer profile”: I’m pushy and aggressive about what I want and am entitled to expect. I’m DEATH on bad food and WORSE than death on bad service. (I once left a penny tip for an inattentive, rude waitress.)
I like the Stevenswood restaurant very much. And I’ll happily go back there.
San Francisco, CA, 5/28/2012