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“Best food in town.”
Review of Mirabelle - CLOSED

Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: FIRST & OAK is located in the charming Mirabelle Inn boutique hotel. A culinary dream team of passionate individuals that defy to bring innovation and creativity to your plate. Our mission is to source local fare with our primary emphasis on quality and seasonality. It's elegant ambiance is the perfect setting for couples, small groups, intimate private dining, birthdays, wedding dinners, business meetings, and wine tastings. Executive Chef Steven Snook
Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Mirabelle Restaurant has by far the best food in town. We've eaten there many times and it consistently excellent. The service is great and the atmosphere couldn't be nicer. You need to make reservations. If you want a quiet night out with delicious food, this is the place to be.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

The menu and wine list were excellent. The setting is cozy and pleasant. Had dinner before PCPA, and the theatre is just around the corner. Highly recommend.

1  Thank foxieCalifornia
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We routinely eat here by the sheer luck of living on the Central Coast, but this is hands down one of the finest restaurants we've ever dined in--the chef's attention to detail is remarkable (the lobster lasagne w/ zucchini blossoms is decadent), the service is ALWAYS impeccable (Richard is a true professional, knowledgeable, attentive--an old school waiter, not a college student on break), and Brigitta is a most accommodating owner--pouring extra glasses of high-end wine on the house! We have travelled the world and eaten in some special places, but this is truly as good as it gets!

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Thank Mark W
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just dined here when I was in Solvang. They were not serving lunch on a Sunday but accomodated us for an early dinner. Service was attentive and cordial, and the food was very good. They have an extensive wine list given that this is in wine country. We sat outside which was perfect. I would recommend this restaurant.

1  Thank BKO57
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had made reservations for our anniversary dinner (actually a day early since Mirabelle was not open on the actual date) and were expecting an amazing dining experience, based on other TA review. Sadly, it was merely very good -- while we have no complaints about the food, nothing seemed to knock it our of the park for us. We had expected to return later in the week for a second visit, but decided to try something else instead.
The table was nicely appointed for our celebration, with little hearts sprinkled over the tablecloth. Very festive. And the complimentary dessert wine (a Dascomb Cellars late harvest viognier) was a nice touch. We went out and bought a bottle later in the week.
Our meal started with an amuse bouche -- not memorable, as neither of us can recall what it was -- brought out before we had a chance to look at the menu. As it was, our server seemed a bit distracted during the evening and was unable to answer some of our questions about the menu, preparation, etc. Another disappointment: other reviewers have spoken about the owner and/or chef stopping by their table to chat briefly, but we had nary a sighting of either during our 2 hours at table. We did enjoy chatting with a lady at the neighboring table -- we had met her earlier that afternoon at a Lompoc Wine Ghetto tasting room.
As for the food, as mentioned mostly very good, but nothing that "wowed." Our initial thought was to do the tasting menu with wine pairing, but the evening's selections really didn't appeal to us that much so we ordered off the regular menu. My Maine lobster mac-n-cheese with truffle butter was an ample serving with enough decadence to satisfy any hedonist. To me it was the best dish of the night. I took some home with me, as it would have been too easy to fill up and not have room for my entrée. Mrs. OJ's crab salad with avocado and papaya was also on the decadent side, and answered her love for crab. Our initial wine choice, a Stony Hill chardonnay was not available, but a 2009 Fiddlehead sauvignon blanc was a more than agreeable alternatative.
We both went with seafood for our entrees Halibut with squash blossom flowers filled with lobster mousse on a potato cake for her; Seared scallops (3) with spinach and portabello mushroom risotto. Both were well-cooked, but again no OMG factor. The risotto especially fell a bit short, but then I compare all risottos now with the "life-changing" lobster risotto we enjoyed at Gary Danko in San Francisco for our 40th anniversary.
We were too full for dessert, but enjoyed lingering with the dessert wine. The dining room is a beautiful setting and the menu featured many tempting choices. We will probably give Mirabelle another chance on our next visit to the area, especially if the tasting menu choices are more to our liking.

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Thank OregonJohn97338
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mirabelleinn, Owner at Mirabelle, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for the compliments, although we wish these guests would have been "wowed" like most.
Chef Norbert likes to come out of the kitchen when he is done cooking or not too terribly busy. He is the only Chef, so he needs to stay in the kitchen and cook every dish. For future reference if you like to say hi, stick your head (carefully) in the kitchen!

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