Traveling for business, I ate twice at the Stanford, as it was convenient to my hotel. It's really tucked away at the end of a long road through a complex of offices, with only a tiny sign indicating where it is, and at that point you are on top of it. However, it is apparently well known by business people in the area, and even on the two weeknights I was there, it became crowded early. You enter by the large bar area, which adjoins the dining room of mostly large booths. There is also an enclosed patio area for large parties, which looks cozy.
The menu has a fair variety with nightly specials. The first night I had the steak salad, which at $19 was an excellent value. The generous mound of greens included julienned Asian pear and cornbread croutons. The steak - a large portion of filet mignon - was chunked up and the pieces grilled. Although it did come rare as ordered, I wondered why they made the steak into "points" or "medallions" - why not just grill the steak whole and slice it after? The sesame-ginger dressing was a light and tangy offset to the rich beef. The salad came with a large piece of homemade cornbread, which was delicious and sweet enough for my "dessert".
The second night I had the crab cakes, quite possibly the best I ever had. The two 4-oz cakes were nearly pure crab, just held together with some mayo, then sauteed. Something about the meal was too peppery, and it was surprising to find out it was the glazed carrots. Chef needs to dial back on that! In addition to the rice/orzo side, there was a small side of corn/bean salad that worked well.
Their wines by the glass are generous and fairly priced. The service, while attentive, was a tad too eager for my taste and bordered on being intrusive at times. Overall, comfortable and delicious!
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