Joe's is a favorite rendezvous destination for my wife, myself and one of my restaurant-addicted foodie/wine loving friends. Over the past 5 years, we have had a series of impeccable multi-course meals. Passing through SoCal in 12/2009, I arranged for a multi-course dinner to accompany a gathering of ten friends. The dinner was planned via email with the help of Nate, the event coordinator for Joe's.
In short, the evening met expectations and was outstanding. We enjoyed three main courses, plus dessert. We had a Spanish sparkler from their extensive wine list with the first course. I carried in a Jeroboam of an older Bordeaux and a magnum of an older Cabernet which our waiter decanted for the 2nd and 3rd course. My foodie friend brought in a couple of red wines, which we also uncorked and enjoyed.
As has been our consistent experience, the food, service and evening were great. Our waiter timed our dishes well and was attentive without being obtrusive. Our cost per person was a little high, but reflects the fact that we had a five-course meal.
On a typical dinner with our foodie friend, each of us bring up 2-3 bottles of our best wines and share 4-6 courses.
Joe's remains our go-to restaurant for an upscale reasonable priced dinner in a wine-friendly hip setting.
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