Mirabelle is located in a handsome bed and breakfast inn of the same name, and the principal dining area is what must have been the living room of the mansion when it was a family home. It is attractive in an understated way, the tables are generously spaced to allow for private conversation, and altogether it seats no more the 26 or so diners at one time.
The greeting was friendly as we checked in at the inn's reception desk, and after a wait of just a few minutes we were escorted to our table by the hostess/sommelier. Service was professional and as friendly as we invited it to be. We detected not a hint of "attitude" and while most of the tables were occupied by adult couples, there was a larger table of six with children that seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
On to the food: in a word, simply outstanding. We ordered a la carte, but in hindsight might have chosen the tasting menu, a great bargain at $55 for four courses, or $78 including wine pairings. In San Francisco (where this restaurant would do very well) the tasting menu would undoubtedly have run closer to $100 without wine, and been a fair value.
We enjoyed a Mirabelle salad with a wonderful, citrusy dressing, and a Caesar with parmesan scallops, a novel presentation of three large scallops in a crusty parmesan coating on a bed of traditionally dress Caesar saled. The mains were perfectly grilled duck breast in a rich cherry sauce served over a bed of toasted house made granola (trust me, a brilliant and inventive counterpoint to the velvety richness of the duck and sauce), and medallions of veal with morels, again nicely sauced and grilled to perfection. Both mains were flawless in execution and handsome and unfussy in presentation.
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