This place has it all. Great food, first of all, that is creative, gourmet, and healthy. It's interestingly prepared AND presented. The wait staff are professional, knowledgeable, and also kind of interesting. Their individuality comes out in the way they dress, interact, and carry themselves. In so many restaurants, the waiters/resses are either stiffed out by heavy-handed corporate culture, or else are indifferent, unhinged, or just plain callous. Somehow, these guys and gals seem liberated, but they conduct themselves with a caring freedom, seasoned by training, that offers their best to you the customer. They do not try to upsell you, rather they seem to truly be looking for your best interests. Such a fresh approach, it sort of leaves you curious. The ambience evokes similar feelings, with all the old wood beams, plates of blown (and broken!) glass, rustic chandeliers, with yet the modern bustling kitchen behind plated glass for customer viewing. The whole scene is a feast for the senses, more amazing considering there is no real view anywhere outside its confines. The dishes are all meant to be shared, and the platters are large enough to be split. The fish platter and flank steak were both excellent quality, cooked perfectly, and come with all kinds of veggies tossed to and fro about the cutting board on which the food arrives. As I said, it's a creative presentation and reminds me of eating dinner in France, where a you get a plate of food that looks like a mini tornado hit your dinner - with bits of yummy-this and wow-that scattered all over place, leaving you on a search and eat mission with all sorts of surprises along the way. My wife might have asked me, as she did in France, 'how do begin to make something like this?' To which I would have said 'don't even try this at home'. Ok, onto drinks. Excellent wine selection. Also, I ordered the cocktail special for my elderly mother. It was so complex that senses were too overwhelmed and unequipped to comment due to the small sip I took. My mom did give in a thumbs up in her own way. Any downsides? 1) It is a bit trendy, but in a Santa Barbara way, meaning non-intimidating as it would be in a large city. My octogenarian mom and 6 year old did not feel or look out of place, maybe because everyone seems to be having such a good time. The family next to us also had a 3rd grader with them so my daughter had someone to talk to. 2) The burger meat for my daughter was not grass fed and from 'somewhere in the midwest.' Not the answer we wanted to hear, but I appreciated the honesty. Sourcing is of interest and concern to me, so this was a disappointment. 3) The wine is somewhat expensive, clearly the profit driver of the place, but they do have quite a machine to keep going here so I personally don't mind paying for it because they are offering such an experience. Perhaps that is best way to sum up this place. It's not just dinner. It's an experience. For this reason, I can't help but give them 5 stars, despite a few minor negatives. I've been here 3 times, and will return many more.