We went to the restaurant for Father's Day for the first time. I cannot believe we never heard about this restaurant before. We absolutely fell in love with it. The audience is older, but for Fathers Day many came with families with children and teens.
The atmosphere is amazing, small rooms with 6-7 tables with white tablecloth. You can see these older intelligent couples where he still opens the door for her and pulls out the chair and doesn't sit down until she sat down. Lately you don't see that a lot. Everyone was so nice.
Even ran by Vietnamese it is a typical French restaurant and the training the watresses received is sooo French. They even hold their left hand behind, on their back while pouring water, for example.
The menu had a lot of choices. My husband chose the Pre-Fixe dinner and had salad and the sole, our daughter had the Fettuccini and I had the New York Steak. The food was so good, tasty, hot and very fresh, served very nicely.
Then, of course we had the Grand Marinier. You have to order it earlier, so we ordered it with the food. They have two choices: classical and chocolate. I ordered the classical and our daughter ordered the chocolate. Mine was very good, but she said her's was too sweet. If you like sweet order the regular but with the chocolate sauce.
Even our daughter, who really likes good restaurants, said that she hasn't found such a good new restaurant in a long time.
No doubt, we will come back to this restaurant and I am already telling my friends about this excellent restaurant in dowtown Los Altos. I give it 5 stars.
Escargots the way they're supposed to be prepared, in shells with lots of garlic butter, a rarity in the Bay Area! Both our seafood entrees were outstanding, with subtle cajun flavoring that was delicious and exotic but not at all traditional French. Good wine pairing.
The service was strange. We entered at 8:30, 30 minutes before their bizarre closing time of 9pm, and were seated unhesitatingly but were not welcomed warmly. The wait staff was very reserved and not very knowledgable about the food: I asked about the unusual spices and our waitress said she didn't know anything about the food, she would ask the chef. Which she did, but for a high-end restaurant the overall impression was of a fairly low caliber staff. Though the service was prompt, and we weren't bothered when we stayed significantly past the 9pm closing time.
We both really enjoyed the decor, and would go back to try their lunch service.
I came here on a Sunday night and was surprised to find we were the only guests in the entire restaurant. Los Altos was eerily empty in general on this night, but being in such a large restaurant without a single other guest was very strange.
The decor is a pastichey French, filled with pastel colors and items you might find at a wealthy grandmother's house. All too tasteful Bach fills every room. And this stuffy feel is amplified when you are the only guests in the restaurant.
Overall, the food was pretty good, but considering how many better options there are for the high prices, it'd be hard to recommend it entirely enthusiastically. My rabbit dish was very enjoyable, though somewhat plain. My friend's seafood linguini and salmon were both underwhelming. My girlfriend's swordfish in coconut was a standout, but it was a special, so it wouldn't always be available. Their souffles were tasty, though giving the ingredients, this wouldn't be unexpected. They were quiet large and eggy, but the chocolate didn't stand out like it does in other restaurant's souffles and molten chocolate cakes.
The service was decent, though our waitress wanted to rush us since our 8 PM reservation lasted till 30 minutes past closing (9 PM). After leaving my friend's girlfriend informed us that the wait staff was complaining in Vietnamese that we were eating too slowly.
If you are looking for a quiet stuffily romantic French restaurant, you'll probably be happy. But if you are a looking for really great food or good ambience, I'd look elsewhere (Le Pot Au Feu in Menlo Park [stuffy but better food], Chez TJ in Mountain View [more expensive but with much better food], or Anjou in San Francisco [better in every way]).
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