Four of us took at 5:30pm New Year's Eve table at Rosewood in downtown Lodi. The place was pretty full and more diners arrived in a steady stream. Our table was next to a window wall. The decor is OK but the place is pretty noisy. Tables are on the cramped side but the wait staff knows how to use the space to everyone's satisfaction.
Overall, as a group we gave Rosewood a 7 out of 10. Here's our breakdown by the dish:
Scoozi (appetizer): 8.5. Point Reyes Blue Cheese Filling, Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic & Balsamic Reduction. Served in pizza-like wedges on a long ceramic plate. Very distinctive flavors. One member of our group said it would be a very good dinner for one person.
Bread plate with herbed butter: 6.0. We think Rosewood could improve the bread quality a notch or two
French onion soup: 5.0. The serving would have added a few points if the onions had been sauteed more and carmelized. They weren't, and the broth was weak. Plenty of stringy cheese, though, served properly in a ramekin.
Mushroom soup: 8.0 Nice big bowl of creamy, tasty soup
Slow cooked Prime Rib special entree: 7.5 for the end cut. Generous serving, well seasoned. Good cut of beef. The mixed sweet potato and regular french fries (substituted for mashed potatoes) were on the limp side. Mixed winter veggies were properly steamed al dente
Grilled Sea Bass special: 9.0. Loved it! Very tasty filet atop seasoned sticky risotto. Polenta is also offered.
Pork Osso Bucco: 6.5. It's pork, not veal or lamb as usual, so the flavors are much different. However, it was nicely done. But the taste isn't what you expect for Osso Bucco.
Angus Rib Eye: 7.5. Very generous serving, polished off quickly. However, for some reason this wasn't a "wow" as rib eye steak goes. But it was good.
We paid corkage ($18) for our own wine, and skipped dessert due to full bellies. Our wait person was delightful and I forgot her name. Overall, a good experience that'll bring us back.