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“Good food but lacking good organization”
Review of The Old 5 Mile House - CLOSED

The Old 5 Mile House
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 30, 2012

My wife and I went for one of the monthly theme specials on a Friday night, paella and Flamenco music and dance. We had reservations for 6 pm for paella (required) and music on the patio. We arrived promptly at 6 pm and were told we would have a substantial wait, strike one. The restaurant was becoming crowded at that point and other parties were seated, mostly inside, while we waited at the bar with a cocktail. At 6:30 pm our table was ready. Normally this would not have ruffled our feathers but since we had been told that paella was a collective serving and was served at 6 pm , this meant we were going to be served late. When we sat down and the waitress came to take our order, we were asked whether we had reserved the paella as it was sold out. Yes, we had. It was served within minutes! No wine list, no bread basket (it was sold out but in the oven and would come soon). Strike two. So we started on our paella and waited for the wine to be served. Great Chilean wine but it would have been nice if an ice bucket had been offered since the outside temperature was warm. Never mind, we were thirsty and the water server was excellent. Now the bread came and it was delicious, hot from the oven, so remove that second strike please. The paella was very good though both of us had one mussel that was unopened and should not have been served. Otherwise a very nice dish and would be recommended especially if you get served right when it is ready. I know this is an authentic Spanish dish with imported components, saffron and Spanish chorizo, but I think they could have planned for more servings and not been so tight with their planning for their signature dish of the month. The music and dance were great and that put the evening into the plus category, erasing all but one star for the general poor organization given that the meal was expensive and a 5-star dining experience was expected. I would still give this restaurant another try during another theme night and overall it is quite a nice evening.

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Thank Brima
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We recently enjoyed an early, Saturday dinner at The Old 5 Mile House. Although The Old 5 Mile Road House thematically travels the world, showcasing a different country in its specials each month--a fun idea bound to engender repeat business--on this visit we stayed closer to home by ordering its Rueben Rolls, Calamari Fritti, Caesar Salad with Skirt Steak and Three Cheese Lasagna. We order calamari almost everywhere we go and this interpretation, with lemon basil aioli was fantastic. We also raved about the Reuben Rolls, a cross between a Reuben sandwich and an egg roll. My Three Cheese Lasagna was very light on cheese and used an unremarkable sauce. I'd describe it more as a healthy, vegetarian lasagna. My husband's salad was served on flatbread. Both dishes were pretty good, but not great.

The problem for us is that The Old 5 Mile House places itself at a "great food" price point. So, adding some steak slices to my husband's Ceaser salad brought it up to $18. Really? If I'm paying $17 for Three Cheese Lasagna, I expect it to be ooey gooey with delicious cheese. It was not.

The Old 5 Mile House's casual, friendly atmosphere and overall food quality is good enough that we may give it another try on our next visit to Nevada City, but with the hope that its consistency improves and it narrows the gap between the prices it charges and what it offers.

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Thank rockyhillgal
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

The 5 mile house is an old stage coach stop turned restaurant. They feature specials from a different country each month and several have been quite good. The regular menu is really good as well. Outdoor seating in the good weather is beautiful. Live music most evenings.

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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Can't wait for Irish month, after France in February. We had the Irish lamb shanks last year - four times. May try to beat that this year.

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Thank RobbNevadaCity
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Incredibly delicious food, really fun place to go for a memorable meal. Fantastic live music!

Thank Deidra P
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