Advertisement descriptions for this restaurant use terms such as “Alfred’s ambiance radiates with the feel of true fine dining … the glow of dazzling chandeliers, starch white linens” and so on. This is all true, but our experience here one Thursday night was marred by being rushed. When booking on the restaurant internet site, we only had the choice of 6pm or 8pm, not the 7-7:30 we wanted; perhaps they were full that night? However, on arrival, there seemed to be many free tables, so at least we were hoping for a leisurely meal. Not so! Our starters arrived before even half-way through our martinis, the garlic bread we'd ordered for with the starters only materialised - after 2 reminders - when we had our main courses (too late), and our main courses arrived just as I was finishing my starter. A distinct lack of coordination and/or communication between the house and the kitchen. The steaks were of course excellent but what a lack of initiative in that the only half-bottle of red wine on the wine list (we were only two and my wife does not drink) was an Italian wine. I love Italian wine, but in a restaurant with the Californian vineyards so close, I was disappointed.
Overall a pleasant evening, but it could so easily - and should - have been memorable.