August 27, 2011: We were welcomed by the hostess Beth Hikade who is the owner along with her husband, John, the chef. Clearly she loves her role of welcoming guests to the restaurant, which she and her husband restored -- ask to see pictures if you're interested. She was kind and accommodating to us, offering my elderly mother a pillow to sit on. The ambiance of the place is lovely. Simply, beautifully [and historically] decorated rooms, enhanced with candlelight and fresh flowers. The result is at once a feeling of coziness and intimacy. The night of our reservations, we were eventually surrounded by two or three tables of people who were clearly regulars, which we feel is a good sign -- if the locals patronize, then it's a sure bet you're going to have a good experience. Our server was knowledgeable and our food was delivered and dishes cleared appropriately. One thing we especially liked was that on a selection of wines, they offered a smaller glass -- possibly a 2 oz. size -- which is perfect if you just want a taste. We split a salad of baby beets, pear, crumbled Roquefort and scallions with Meyer lemon dressing. One of us had roasted halibut filet with a lemon butter crumb crust, grilled black garlic polenta and fresh dill beurre blanc. The other entree was rack of lamb with basil pinenut crust, a red current cognac and wild mushroom sauce served with a saffron risotto cake. Dessert was mocha creme caramel and creme brulee [garnished with flowers] served with a delicious cup of well-brewed coffee. A wonderful dinner from beginning to end. Everything was perfectly cooked and presented beautifully as well. We saw all kinds of people, all ages, some 'dressed for dinner,' some in more casual attire. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Arborvine and we would definitely eat there again. There's also a pub called The Vinery on the property which offers a more informal menu and outdoor seating.
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