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Tompkins by The Rack House

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market soup
tamai farms late season tomato puree
house-made creme fraiche, crispy basil garnish, black truffle vinaigrette drizzle
lieu dit rose, santa barbara+11
market salad
tutti frutti heirloom tomato salad
dressed arugula, goat cheese, sourdough croutons, heritage basil, tomato oil, balsamic vinegar
vogelzang sauvignon blanc, ‘reserve’, happy canyon+14.50
pan-seared foie gras
sourdough crisp, ginger-squash puree, sauce bordelaise, watercress garnish
brewer-clifton pinot noir, sta. rita hills+16.25
pan-seared foie gras
warm marcona almond-medjool date bread, spiced persimmons, pomegranate
alma rosa brut rose, el jabali vineyard, sta. rita hills+17.50
shared appetizer
trio of seared sea scallops
Chilled asparagus soft-boiled egg black truffle vinaigrette | fava bean relish sourdough crouton beurre blanc vanilla risotto cherry tomatoes Thai basil pesto
jaffurs grenache blanc, thompson vineyard, santa barbara+12.50
pan-seared fresh local sea bass
yukon gold potatoes, celery root puree, little neck clams, spanish chorizo, citrus buerre blanc
crispy skin pacific salmon
smoky beluga lentils, braised baby beets, roasted porcinis, grain mustard-bacon cream
herbes de provence dusted yellowfin tuna
Slow roasted tomatoes, braised pearl onions, Mediterranean olives, wilted arugula, white bean puree, cider gastrique
pan-roasted mary's free-range chicken
roasted fingerling potatoes, braised pearl onions, dried apricots, spiced caramel demiglace
maple-glazed california duck breast & confit of thigh
succotash of sweet corn, fava beans, leeks, applewood-smoked bacon & windrose farms butternut squash, port-thyme demi-glace
thick-cut berkshire pork chop
cornbread‎ 'panzanella', grilled peaches, applewood-smoked bacon, blondie frisee, citrus-mustard glaze
mushroom-crusted venison medallions
Roasted garlic bread pudding, braised Brussel's sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, pancetta, golden beet puree
char-grilled rack of lamb
mascarpone whipped potatoes, grilled eggplant, summer squash, teardrop tomatoes, pequillo pepper glaze
grilled snake river american wagyu center-cut ribeye
potato hash w/ roasted porcinis, grilled corn, ricotta salata, pancetta, porcini demiglace
served w/ house made crackers, sliced apple, candied walnuts & dried fruit compote
all cheese from the fabulous ‘c’est cheese’
humboldt fog
goat,‎ center ribbon of vegetable ash. best california goat cheese we’ve tasted.
cypress grove, arcata
lamb chopper
sheep semi-firm, mildly sweet, hints of herbs & grass, creamy finish.
cypress grove, arcata
midnight moon
goat, semi-firm, aged cheese. smooth & creamy w/ a tart finish.
cypress grove, arcata
mt. tam
Cow, triple cream. similar to Brie, perfect balance of creaminess & tanginess.
cowgirl creamery, point reyes
original blue
cow, aged 6 months, tangy, fresh, smooth & creamy. california’s best blue.
point reyes farmstead cheese co., point reyes
purple haze
goat, infused w/ lavender & fennel pollen. intense & creamy.
cypress grove, arcata
red hawk
cow, triple creme. rich, creamy & complex. deliciously pungent.
cowgirl creamery, point reyes
blueberry-lemon upside-down cake
mcconnell’s blueberries & cream ice cream, creme anglaise & berry coulis
warm santa barbara chocolate ‘molten lava’ cake
mcconnell’s vanilla ice cream
creme brulee
traditional vanilla bean
salted chocolate cremeux
graham craker & hazelnut crum, toasted meringue, passionfruit curd
granny smith apple crisp
cinnamon, brown sugar crumble, white cheddar tuille, mcconnell's vanilla bean ice cream
‘two scoops’
choose from a selection of ice creams & sorbets
Upscale American menu made from-scratch, farm to table produce and meats sourced primarily from local farms, most within 50 miles of our location. Boutique wine list, patio, and a unique event space that holds upwards of 100 guests. Executive Chef Philip Day and Chef de Cuisine Matt Hulme develop a seasonally changing menu, while Sommelier Josh French provides excellent wine pairings and select bottles.
$15 - $120
Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed December 8, 2019

Scallops is considered one of their signature dishes. Be aware that you only get two medium sized scallops and a very small amount of brussel sprouts/mushrooms. The scallops were gritty and it was not explained that this dish should be considered an appetizer, not a...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. We'll take this into consideration. We just recently put it on the lunch menu based on guest feedback from enjoying it at dinner.

Reviewed November 23, 2019

My husband and I went to Tompkins last night. It is a quaint, upscale restaurant in St. Charles with linens and quality service. We live in St. Charles and want to support a locally owned restaurant versus a chain. On the positive note, we thought...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2019

Thank you for the review, support, and constructive feedback. We appreciate it.

Reviewed November 20, 2019

....your servers and restaurant menus need clarification. In my case, this was a small meal before a bike ride, and the bowl of soup was all i ordered, except for a drink. It arrived in a half-cup pitcher and was poured into a large bowl,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2019

We do not thin our soup. Everything we make is from-scratch with ingredients that are locally sourced, or in your case, the lobster for your bisque was flown in by a local company. Our menu, website, and menu-board on the front of the building states...More

Reviewed November 17, 2019

We had the lobster bisque to start, it was just ok, it had large pieces of claw meet but the flavor of the bisque was just a bit off. I had the Waygu burger and they prepared it medium rare and it was perfectly done....More

Date of visit: November 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

Thank you for the review and constructive feedback.

Reviewed November 13, 2019

I could probably just end my review with that title, but I'll give you some details. My husband and I went here tonight (first visit since it was Mother-in-Law House) for our anniversary. To say the food was delectable would be an understatement. Think of...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Stacey H
notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

Thank you for the review and support!

Reviewed November 2, 2019 via mobile

With a Chef & Sous-Chef, Tompkins delivers spectacular food in the heart of Main St in historic St Charles. They offer a ‘from-scratch’ dining experience sourcing fresh produce from local farms. The sommelier has done a spectacular job of pairing each dish with a glass...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! As a locally owned business your support means a lot to us. We've got an excellent staff and they do everything they can to take care of our guests! Thank you!

Reviewed October 31, 2019

I went to tompkins the other day for lunch and Leigh-Ann was a fantastic server! I will definitely be back!

Date of visit: October 2019
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notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and support Kristen!

Reviewed October 31, 2019

If you haven’t been to Tompkins yet you need to go! Aside from the great food and ambience our service was amazing! Our server LeighAnn was so friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. Scallops were awesome! And don’t forget the chocolate...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Katie M
notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and support Katie!

Reviewed October 29, 2019

Took my husband here for his Birthday. What a surprise. The scallops were wonderful. The food was good but Leigh-Ann was superb. She was friendly, very knowledgeable and attentive. This place is great and so is the service.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Charlene J
notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2019

Thank you for the review Charlene, we appreciate the support!

Reviewed October 22, 2019

Our wonderful professional waitress, Kristen, led us through the menu, skillfully describing the selection of from-scratch items. Most were sourced from local farms. Our experience was relaxed, enjoyable and we will definitely be returning soon and often.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Sharon S
notlimah19, Owner at Tompkins by The Rack House, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We very much appreciate the support.

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Mindy S
March 29, 2017|
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Response from colonelbraz | Reviewed this property |
you might ask for the main dining room - it's spectacular. They may surprise you with "I do".
September 5, 2016|
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Response from DON11 | Reviewed this property |
Donna will straighten out any problems that may occur. I have never had a problem in all the years I have been going there. I don't know why there would have been an upcharge for a pickle. Doesn't make sense to me.
Jennifer P
June 12, 2016|
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Response from Donald R | Reviewed this property |
If you place a reservation and Donna can accommodate the request, she will do so or discuss a compromise acceptable for you.
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