My wife and I dined at Lucy on Thanksgiving evening and had the pre fixe, four course, special menu—the only option. I had, first, the signature carrot salad. While the carrots were quite good I thought the salad a little “low key” as a stand-alone dish and would have been better as a side. Second, was the butternut squash risotto which, like the salad, was pleasant but not quite assertive enough on its own. Third, I had a cube of sturgeon served over brussel sprouts and bacon. The sprouts and bacon were the best item I had. There was certainly nothing wrong with the dinner, but I didn’t quite feel it was worth the $85 price tag. My wife had a much better experience. She had the pumpkin soup, the squab, and the turkey and stuffing. I sampled all and all were excellent. Her turkey was remarkably moist and flavorful. She thought it was perhaps the best she’d ever eaten. We both found the desserts just OK. Mine was an apple “pie”—a scoop of apples and of ice cream over a rectangle of dense pastry. Hers was a pumpkin custard. The desserts seemed to be perfunctory offerings designed merely to fill out the menu. Despite differing about the food, we both agreed that Lucy is a very nice place. We ate outside on the patio in a very attractive space. The staff were all friendly, efficient, and professional. They were also welcoming to our two hounds who were with us. They even sent a plate of dog treats to our table—a gesture the dogs much appreciated. Despite my disappointment with my food the overall experience was very pleasant—so pleasant that I feel a little remorseful writing a less than positive review. We would like to return to Lucy when the regular menu is available—a menu that appears more interesting and varied that the Thanksgiving one. So, overall, we’d return to Lucy and would recommend it to those visiting Yountville.
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