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Viognier
French Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30 – 9:00 pm
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Draeger's Markets Inc 222 E 4th Ave San Mateo, CA 94401
222 East 4th AvenueUSCaliforniaSan Mateo94401
$$$French Restaurant, Fine Dining Restaurant
French Restaurant
Fine Dining Restaurant
Bar
Today 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 9:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 9:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 9:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 9:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 9:00 pmSunday Closed
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Set above a grocery store, this plush Cal-French spot teams seasonal menus with a lengthy wine list.- Google
"Complimentary Dessert: French Macarons in two flavors, Raspberry and Hazelnut."
"I opted for the three course tasting menu."
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Johnny Chau
2 months ago
This review is a couple of years old, so take it with a grain of salt. This place was good, but not quite good enough for me to want to drive all the way to San Mateo on a regular basis. I opted for the three course tasting menu. (FYI Part One: If you're in the mood for a lighter meal (even though it's not noted on the menu), I was told you can opt to order items a la carte.) (FYI Part Two: The portions for each course are pretty decently sized. If you pace yourself the stretchy waist pants can stay at home. They aren't like Cheesecake Factory large, but they're also aren't one bite snacks. As Goldilocks would say, "They're juuuust right.") -Amuse Bouch: Crostini topped with a soft cheese and a strand (or two) of roasted red pepper. Just ok. -The Bread Basket: Soft croissant roll, Cranberry roll, Cheese Roll, every possible roll you could imagine AND MORE! This part of the meal was delumptious. + The room temperature butter = heaven. -First Course: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Arugula and Ricotta Cheese, drizzled with EVOO. The tomatoes were so sweet. A good seasonal offering and a refreshing way to start off my meal. -Second Course: Lobster with Fresh Pasta. Also pretty good. The most impressive part of this dish was the perfectly cooked lobster - not an easy feat. -Third Course: (I was in a savory mood so dessert was skipped.) Pork Tenderloin on a bed of Hominy Grits. While the pork (like the lobster) was perfectly cooked, the grits were not. I know the protein should be the focus, but I place equal balance on both the protein and the carb combination. I'm also a fan of al dente, but these grits were just plain crunchy and under cooked. So disappointing! -French Pressed Coffee was a nice end to the meal, warm and fuzzy. -Complimentary Dessert: French Macarons in two flavors, Raspberry and Hazelnut. These were like pillows of air with a slight eggshell thin crunch filled with the respective cream flavors. It almost made up for my pork :) Overall, the meal was an ok one. The highs and lows balance my overall rating to three stars. There's a classroom for cooking school if you are feeling academic and if you need groceries the restaurant is also connected to a really nice grocery store. Side observation, there were a handful of empty Far Niente bottles placed around the restaurant for decoration. Not quite sure what to make of that one. For a restaurant titled Viognier, why do they feature bottles of really expensive Cabs.
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Mary Shen O'Carroll
2 years ago
One of the best and most underrated tasting menu type restaurants in the bay area... and I've been to most of them. The wine pairing is superb. The dishes are a good size (read: not too small) and they use great ingredients. Just tasty and top notch. A great experience.
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David E. Weekly
4 years ago
Who knew that the mid-Peninsula had such smashingly good haute cuisine? Excellent in 2009 and now mind-blowing in 2010, Viognier offers a classy (if pricey) place to take a date, with brilliantly executed courses, kind service, and a luxurious atmosphere -- even if you do have to climb above a grocery store to get there! Absolutely my favorite swanky spot on the Peninsula.
John Deeney
8 years ago
upstairs in a busy gourmet market (with lots of parking), this surprising place is a delightful find for excellent food. service is attentive and cheerful and the dining space itself is attractive and spacious. huge colorado lamb chops must come directly up the stairs from the gourmet market below, and the salads also glisten with freshness. the casual california clientele seems happy with every part of the meal, including the interesting wines.
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Elizabeth Tseng
7 months ago
I've known of Viognier and passed by it several times in the last 3 years but always skipped on dining there. I'm really not sure why I ever did that because I was very impressed with their food. You have the option to select a 3, 4, or 5 course meal with or without paired wines. I went with 4 but soon found the portions to be so hefty that I had to take my entire 3rd course to go! For someone who has been searching for a good "faux gras" now that foie is banned, Viognier served up an alternative that was almost as good as the real thing. Every one of the dishes I tried was delicious and the sommelier, Hailee has some great wines picked out. She even recommended a couple places to try in Napa (Arroyo and Von Strasser) and she was spot on with what I would like! They also have quite an extended list of wine options for your to peruse over. Viognier is now one of my favorites along the Peninsula and new favorite fine dining restaurant in San Mateo (sorry All Spice!).
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Jeffrey Castaline
3 years ago
Went twice. Once for our anniversary and once for a New Years dinner party. Wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. Snotty inattentive staff. Had to chase the waiter on both occasions for bread and water refills. Also, way over priced. I don't know why Dreger's puts up with them on their second floor.
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Erin Sanders
8 years ago
don't let the fact that it's on top of a grocery dissuade you. it's unbelievably fabulous. the sommelier is excellent - choose your own food and have him pair tastings for you. a worthwhile experience.
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Axel Martinez
2 years ago
We had an excellent dinner. The food was fantastic and the service was very good. I had a fantastic corn bisque. The pork belly was outstanding.