After deciding to not have the Prix Fixe at the Big Sur Bakery, we decided to go here. Initially, from the outside, it looked sad (the culprit is the overlit front tables abutting the outside - made it seem like a terrible diner) and then walking in, had a hiccup because the host stand is also the after hours (7pmish) hotel front desk. Standing there waiting for the guest in front of us to check in, I was staring at the 400 watt per bulb lit front section and praying we were not asked to sit there because beyond it lie a really charming restaurant and locals-packed bar for sunday football. Excellent appetizers and hearty entrees were half the price of Nepenthe and 4 times better (sorry Nepenthe, you just have some problems). Dessert was not great; the staff was efficient but not great either (it seems the super great ones probably work at the resorts of Post Ranch or Ventana because of the better tips) which isn't to say this place isn't great. I actually am going there for breakfast in the morning and cant wait to get past the problems and enjoy my meal.
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