We loved Roots and were surprised when it closed but soon reopened (in November 2012, so many of the reviews below are for Roots, not Wolfe Peach, though much applies). We decided to try it out within the first six weeks. The chef of Roots stayed and the atmosphere and great setting remain the same but the menu and other elements have changed. The upstairs and downstairs which had different menus, with the upstairs one being more upscale, are now the same. The now have a wood-fired oven and the emphasis is on sharing smaller plates which they serve "como viene," fresh when the dish is ready. The same fresh local food, including that which is grown on their own farm and in the gardens surrounding the stairs up the hillside and around the patio in the summer. The waitress explained all of this to us and said that they were working out all of the bugs of a new restaurant and they were very open to any feedback we might have.
I called on a late Saturday afternoon to see if we could get reservations and none were available until 9 pm. However, the hostess said that bar seats weren't reserved and they left two tables open for walk-ins so we could take our chances. I'm glad we did! We went early, around 5:45, and were offered the opportunity to sit at what they called a shared table where walk-ins could share a rectangular table which seated about 8. We were the first there so my husband and I took a head seat and corner seat which felt very intimate. After we ordered, a group of 4 joined our table seated toward the other end but one of their group sat next to me. They faced toward one end of the table and we, toward the other. We ocassionally commented on one another's food so the set-up felt completely intimate for us but friendly toward the other group. Actually, more comfortable than seating for two with a row of 2-tops against a bench with a chair on the outside where you feel like you are sharing a table with the couples on each side but you are separate and it feels a little invasive to talk across the foot that separates the tables. At the Wolfe Peach table, you agree to sit at a shared table but you aren't expected to order together or talk with one another but permission to greet each other is expected. The 2nd table they make available is an even longer shared table so, if you don't mind or even enjoy such a set up, it seems that there is a good chance walk-ins can be accommodated, especially if you count bar seating. And tables for just your group or couple can be reserved. Enough about seating.
We loved the food! We ordered a kale salad, a grilled octopus small dish and a trout larger plate which was set on a lentil puree. They had a list of items which I believe they called "conservas" which seemed to be very interesting purees served with crostini. They brought by mistake the kale infusion which they left for us when we mentioned that we had ordered the kale salad instead. They were very apologetic and brought the kale salad promptly. But we had the opportunity to taste each. They were very different from one another but equally delicious! The trout was excellent though a little too salty for us. We may be more salt-sensitive since we have a low-salt diet but the waitress was appreciative of our feedback and said that she would tell the chef.
We will definitely go back as a couple and will bring others at times for the broader sharing experience, which we wouldn't have been as inclined to do at Roots. It still has the great views and warm, trendy but not pretentious atmosphere and wonderful outside seating in the summer.
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