This was our second trip to The Ranch but this time we took the kids. Perfect atmosphere for the family. Casual enough to be comfortable in jeans but still upscale enough to work for a special occasion. They had a prix fixe meal that was a good value at $65 (four delicious courses - microscopic amuse bouche of melon soup <seriously, about a tablespoon>, raw ahi appetizer, seared fish next, steak entrée and a pistachio cake dessert). My son had the four pound rib eye. It was not as big as we thought it would be and was definitely not enough to feed two people (once you cut away the fat and bone). Well, maybe it would feed two normal people but not enough if one of the people is my fourteen year old. We all got the carpaccio which is reminiscent of the way An Qi used to serve their carpaccio (with mixed greens, mushrooms and truffles). Since their chef used to work at An Qi, I guess it makes sense. Anyway, it was delicious but a bit pricey at $18 pp. Their popovers were great but they only come with butter and jam. It would be so simple for them to do a savory compound butter and at $6, they should give you that choice. The chicken was just okay. The short rib was dry. The lobster mac and cheese had very little lobster. Jose was our server and he was great. He was friendly and efficient and went out of his way to find us another rib eye bone so our two dogs wouldn't fight over the one we got. We loved the chocolate twist dessert (again, very much like An Qi used to serve) and the sticky toffee pudding dessert. Dinner (without drinks) was $90 per person. A very pleasant evening overall.
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