I had two of the specials: an "artichoke" soup, and a "wood oven baked sea bass with Marcona almond crust."
I was served what tasted very much like asparagus, not artichoke soup. OK, the server may have been confused. The kitchen's mistake was serving a soup that tasted like it had been on the stove for several hours.
The piece of white fish tasted pan-cooked, bland, mushy, and it was topped with bread crumbs, and none of the famous and delicious Marcona almonds, that I could detect.
For dessert, I had the wild berry and quince cobbler, which was OK.
The meal overall was decent, but overpriced and puzzling given the great reviews.
The chef-owner was in the kitchen when I arrived a few minutes early for my 8:30 reservation. I recognized him from the review on KQED's Check Please, Bay Area! The restaurant was busy, but not full.
My table was wobbly. A busboy tried his best to fix it, and actually said "this is the worst table in the house." You can see the table in a photo on the restaurant's home page, and it looks crooked.
The chef poured himself a glass of wine at the bar not long after I arrived. Overall, I felt that, as a single diner, and dining late, I was being treated as an afterthought. This applied to everything from where I was seated, to the lack of attention to detail and quality in my food.
The only thing that saved the evening for me, were the excellent jazz guitar and bass.
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