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“Enjoyable meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lure + Till - CLOSED

Lure + Till
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Palo Alto, California
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221 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Enjoyable meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

We had 2 enjoyable meals here, one as a couple and the second with friends. We had cocktails each time, and they were tasty and well-balanced. The menu is a bit scattered, but interesting. Between the 2 dinners, we had both fish dishes (very nice), the hamachi (twice, very good, very lovely, very small), the flatbread (twice, good), scallop (very good but a bit skimpy), the beets (good), two pastas (very good), and we had to try the grits because we had a southerner with us and he was curious. He liked the grits. The first time we had dessert (Whoppers), which we probably should have skipped as it was a bit overly sweet. The wine (by the glass) recommendations were good, as was the service. I think the menu has promise, and it is over-priced (or the portions too small), but this is Palo Alto.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank AnitaMW
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English first
Mountain View, California
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422 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Weird Vibe”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

This place has a bizarre feel, from the website, to the menu, the decor, food, and service.

Service was slow. Pleasant, but unhelpful.

The chairs are almost big enough for two, very large for one person, and the staff don't like you to rearrange them (are they afraid we're going to get comfortable?).

Three members of our party ordered salads. One person sent theirs back, saying it didn't taste right. The other two members ate theirs. They both had severe GI distress within 12 hours - coincidence??

Won't be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Los Altos, CA
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182 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good Food, Nice Setting, Maybe Slightly Confused”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

I'll explain the confused bit first. It's a bit hard to pin down a theme in the menu, and maybe that's the point. Deviled eggs and grits with egg and cheese (very good) go one way and a decent pasta goes another. Very well executed chicken, which is always a good test, which came with some greens, so maybe that fits in. Drinks in Mason jars--getting a little too cute and ubiquitous for me at that point. Anyway, you get it, it's comfort food without any regional restrictions I guess. Very nice setting, dark, sort of trending towards hip, but open to the sidewalk and a very pleasant spot for a nice lunch. Service was slightly amateurish, but it's a new place, so make allowances. They got the job done.

  • Visited April 2014
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Menlo Park, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Sleepless in Palo Alto?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

As you drive down Hamilton Ave in downtown Palo Alto, you can't help but want to stop and gawk at this beautiful new restaurant on the ground level of the new Epiphany Hotel. The hotel itself, and in particular the lobby, is swank and sleek. The restaurant is kind of half inside and half outside with very generous seating outside on the sidewalk with wonderfully designed lighting and heating. The colors are all brown, muted, grey and very cool.

The bar is inviting until you look a little bit more closely. The furniture is half-sized, clearly made for visiting hobbits and dwarves. Men and women of Gondor will end up feeling just stupid here as you squeeze into a chair meant for third graders. I suppose this was done so as to match the smaller physical spacing of the bar. Small bar, small furniture? Anyways, it just doesn't work. To boot, there is not a single TV in the bar; not even a laptop sized one. Now this is an unfortunate oversight as even the hipster crowd runs out of conversation regarding their foolish hats and bad shoes. Please get a TV!

The menu is just odd. There is a chicken dish, kale, a steak entree, kale, a kingfish (what's that?) entree, kale, a charcuterie platter, and kale…You get the idea. And the portion size is once again meant for either pasty-faced Euros who never eat anyways or for those with an eating disorder in mild bloom. We were so hungry afterward that we headed straight to The Creamery across the street for a normal sized desert!

I had the scallop salad to start. It came sashimi style with three little flowers picked off one of the plants in the lobby and three little dabs of color. The plate looked quite pretty, but thirty seconds later I was still hungry--when does dinner start? I choose for an entree the kingfish and this was simply delicious but with the serving size being only three pieces, where was the rest of the fish? Still hungry!

The wine choices were wonderfully curated with unusual offerings and the craft beers appeared interesting as well. My companion ordered a kale salad and the charcuterie platter. She seemed to quite enjoy these choices until we got home and then spent the night vomiting from apparent food poisoning; thus we ended our visit sleepless in Palo Alto.

So, the menu choices, cooking techniques, and interior choices need some serious work. But the general manager and staff were absolutely wonderful and I am convinced that with some time and practice and--most importantly--whipping the chef into a set of menu choices that make a scintilla of sense, that they will get this right. The parking situation is a disaster as the garage is 1/3 of a mile away and valet parking is $15! They ask you to text fifteen minutes before the end of your meal so as to give the staff time to retrieve your car. I think you might be better off--at this point in time--texting Evvia, the Village Pub, or Madera.

  • Visited March 2014
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