Okay. Alright. I give. I dine here several times a month. Part of me doesn't want the word to get out, but that wouldn't be fair to the Glen Ellen Star team. Chef/Owner Ari Weiswasser hails from the French Laundry and he does Thomas Keller proud.
The vegetables, my favorite, are harvested from the nearby organic gardens, including family-owned Benziger Winery. They are cooked in cast iron skillets in the wood oven and arrive sizzling hot to the table. Don't skimp here. Share as many orders as you can.
The mains are all exceptional. My kids will argue it's the best steak they have ever had (and they have it a lot). I adore the whole roasted dourade with preserved meyer lemon and romesco sauce. The pastas are housemade and there usually is a vegetarian option which will never disappoint. The specials change often and always reflect the season.
The wine list is lovingly local. Please don't sneer at the wines on tap. They're fun and vibrant and probably a wine you need to try.
Dessert isn't really an option. The Star makes their own ice cream and serves it in half pint containers. If you're full from dinner, it travels home easily. Often there is a fresh fruit crumble from the wood oven. Spectacular on its own or paired with the signature ice cream.
Reservations are needed most nights, but if you are making last minute plans, add your name to the list and enjoy a PBR or glass of wine while you wait. If you're solo or with a pal or two, consider the counter. It's my favorite place to sit, in fact, I think it's the best seat in the house.
The neighborhood (mine) is quaint, the restaurant vibe is Brooklyn meets Sonoma County hip, and the service will make you feel like a regular, even if you're not.
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