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320 Village Ln Los Gatos, CA 95030, United States
320 Village LaneUSCaliforniaLos Gatos95030
$$$$American Restaurant, BarMenu
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David Kinch's well-known New American eatery offering extravagant farm-to-table tasting menus.- Google
"6. Duck roasted in salt crust, fig, and wild fennel confit ~Pretty good."
"We had the September seasonal tasting menu."
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Hector Mujica
4 months ago
Great food. Great atmosphere. The dishes were unique, well presented, fresh flavors. Very upscale dinning.
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Nathan Yang
8 months ago
The last time I was at Manresa, I had their Fall Garden menu. Overall, it was a bit of an underwhelming experience compared to those at other Michelin-starred restaurants of the same price. There were only 1-2 dishes among 10 (+ 3 desserts) that stood completely stood out. The menu was also a bit light. Surprisingly, I wasn't full by the time we got to desserts. As for the desserts, they were a bit too sweet. Service was just average--another disappointment for a restaurant of this class. That being said, I couldn't thinking of an egregious flaws, but there was also nothing that particularly stood out. I just wasn't a memorable experience. The venue is quite spacey, and the warm interior is comforting. I would consider it a good location for a fancy date.
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Paul Volk
11 months ago
Manresa was a wonderful dining experience and my first Michelin star experience as well. I really like that although this is a 2 Michelin star restaurant, you can still wear nice jeans and a button down shirt and be totally welcome aboard (no need for a jacket). The service was wonderful, with every dish brought out in a choreographed fashion, making it as fun to watch as to eat. The tasting menu (we got the "bar bites") was exceptionally varied but had a common themes throughout. Clearly time and effort were involved in creating the menu, and it showed. My favorite dish was the salmon roe with an almond paste of sorts beneath it. Delicious! The cocktails are also wonderful. I can't see myself necessarily doing the wine paring because it is super expensive but maybe for a super special treat. This place is pricey, so expect to pay for it, but for special occasions I can see myself coming back here for sure.
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Winson Wong
a year ago
Came here on a Wednesday night, walked in, nice little restaurant in a house-like structure separated into two dining rooms. Nice decor, with a cute little Christmas tree, very comfy and cosy. The host / hostess gracefully greeted us at the door and we were offered to sit at the bar area while we wait for our friends to arrive. Extensive wine and alcohol list and the sommelier was very knowledge, overall great experience so far. Ordered the regular tasting menu instead of the seasonal one but overall the food wasn't what I expected of a two Michelin star restaurant. The flavors just didn't quite taste right with too many dishes that were sweet / savory mixed together which made the taste balance kinda off. I enjoyed the scallops but the flavors of the squab and almond tofu was not ok (verging on 'off'). I appreciate the chef wanting to be inventive putting together different ingredients (e.g. cucumber / basil / buttermilk pudding) but unfortunately I didn't love it. I was also disappointed that the staff didn't really explain the dish that I would expect at a Michelin star restaurant (e.g. explain the various ingredients and how you would eat the dish vs just telling us what the dish is). They were very professional and gracious, I just expected slightly more. One major star of the meal was the brioche, it was divine. Apparently they sell these at Campbell Markets but I have yet to verify this.
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Olga Writes
10 months ago
The real Chef is not the one who knows how to cook, but the one who knows how to cook exceptionally well and... is able to take you on a culinary journey. One of the best meals I've ever had and definitely the best 'story' ever told (or shall I say eaten?). The whole ceremony has started and ended with the identically looking dishes. What a treat! Thank you! & thank you for you kind 'tour'. Loved your kitchen.
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Jigish Shah
a month ago
Great food, great ambiance. Definitely recommend.
Katherine Myskowski
a year ago
We went on a Weds at 7 PM. It was not crowded. We had the 12 course tasting. I could not eat 4 of them. I was stunned! The bill was over $500.00 w/tip. There are plenty of better, more reasonable restaurants in the Bay Area.
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Annie Lin
a year ago
Since I have a foodie friend who speaks highly of Manresa, I decided to make reservations here for me and my parents for my 23rd birthday. The restaurant is a little harder to find because it is in the alley way of a bank and looks like a small cottage, not a restaurant. I do love the ambience of the restaurant when you walk in as it has a classy, but homey feel- not to mention that the service is impeccable. However, the food was not as expected for the price. We ended up getting the October Manresa tasting menu w/ my friend's recommendation. I personally prefer seasonal tasting menus since the menu consists of special ingredients - this time- it included on of my favorites, yuzu! I do like how the our waiter took his time to explain each of the ingredients to us - he was also very patient in answering questions for noobie foodies like my family and I. He had quite a sense of humor too, which definitely made our entire dining experience a lot more enjoyable :) After we ordered, the waiter brought out Manresa bread for us. For those of you that don't know, Manresa has a booth at the farmers market that sells their bread. I hadn't had the chance to try it out beforehand so I was excited - it definitely did not disappoint. I can't remember what they had... wheat bread, brioche, white bread, baguette.. all quite yummy and I love carbs! Who doesn't!! Hahah. I would normally go through every course of the meal, but its been a couple months so I wouldn't be able to describe each dish in detail. I do remember the meal starting out strong and ending weak. My favorite course of the meal was the oyster dish. It was an Alaskan oyster (I believe) served with meyer lemon and shiso leaf w/ yuzu. The oyster was perfectly shaped and placed on a big oyster-looking dish, haha! There was crushed ice on the oyster that chilled the oyster to a perfect temperature and slid into my mouth with ease. This was probably the highest point of the meal, and then everything went downhill/not as expected. I was most disappointed in the dessert, actually. It was thoughtful of Manresa to bring out a surprise small (more like tiny) chocolate cake w/ a candle for my birthday - thank you! However, each of the dessert plates that we tried - all were too sweet! The last dish was a Gouda ice cream w/ a chocolate cake w/ huckleberries - Manresa could have done a much better job with this but the flavors together were too sweet and too sour, nothing balanced out! However, I would like to mention that the wine pairings were perfect for each dish, and made each dish seem better in comparison to what it would have been without the pairings, the dessert wine especially :) Overall, I did enjoy my experience at Manresa but not primarily because of the food. I do believe the service and of course company made up the great experience. I wouldn't highly recommend it to others and probably wouldn't come again due to the high price but I do recommend that everyone try this place at least once! Rounding up to 4 stars.
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