El Paseo is a local Chophouse. We are open daily from 5pm - 10pm. In 2009 local Mill Valley residents Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar partnered to take ... More
El Paseo is a local Chophouse. We are open daily from 5pm - 10pm. In 2009 local Mill Valley residents Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar partnered to take over the restaurant. Seeking to maintain the historic charm and integrity of the building and gardens, they planned and designed a complete restoration of the storied interior and exterior spaces. They are very excited to bring a local institution back to its former glory.
I wouldn't want to eat here. They leave there garbage out on the sidewalk, where you have to walk around it, every Saturday and Sunday. They were put on notice two weeks ago and chose to ignore it. I would hate to see the kitchen. Being born and raised here I have never in my 61 years see any other business in Mill Valley show such disrespect for the citizens of Mill Valley or the local government. They should put their garbage out the night before their pick up like everyone else, but I guess Tyler Florence and Sammy Hager think they are above everyone else
The most beautiful, romantic atmosphere in the US, maybe anywhere. More beautiful than the French Laundry for sure, and much more relaxed. Lots of different, intimate rooms, with working gas lamps, or lovely outdoor seating for warm nights. It was a VERY special evening for us (engagement) and despite being a busy Saturday night, they gave us a choice of 2 tables -- we chose the one by the window in the room with the fireplace.
Every dish was perfect -- from the hot-out-of-the oven mini Parkerhouse rolls to the foie gras with brioche toast and strawberry-rhubarb gelee to the glazed carrots with a touch of curry to the filets mignons perfectly cooked to our taste with Bearnaise sauce to the chocolate souffle. If only we lived in MV, we would go there every week -- even for just the burgers or risotto, both very reasonably priced. And yes, the bathroom was indeed lovely. Service was wonderful -- everyone was in on the secret and made it the special night that we wanted. Thank you, El Paseo!
If you like French wines then this has one of the best wine lists around. Lots of great wines, good and aged vintages, and reasonably priced. Beyond that, there's not much. We had to ask for our 1993 Burgundy to be decanted (although it was as good as one would expect once it warmed up to the proper temperature), and the wine steward seemed to have no idea about what we were ordering or why. The wait staff were strangely inconsistant in their training (properly presented the dishes, served from the left and removed from the right, yet reached in front of us to place silver). The food was lackluster and unbalanced -- fois gras, for example, was overpowered by a espresso-based sauce. The wonderful brick walkway and rustic building could, when coupled with this blockbuster wine list, be the foundation of a great dining experience. But it would take a strong chef and well-trained crew to pull it off.
The restaurant offered great food (especially the appitizers), excellent service
with a very small town French atmosphere.
I would rate the tastes and dining experience wery highly.
My one complaint...was the way the wine selection was handled.
My wife and I requested a wine list, and insted were given a wine steward to help us select....who of course gave us a choice of 3 very expensive wines (pared with dinner) with no price list.
Needless to say when the bill came...it was outrages, and I felt duped.
Not a way to finish a great dining experience.
great food but be warned
We are from Europe and we found this beautiful restaurant accidentaly(we got lost on the way back from Beach).
It is as good as you get in Top Star French in Paris or even better!
The owner was very kind and explained us that the ownership has changed recently.
We don't know how it was before but surely, this place is as exciting as French Laundry in Napa valley(which we visited few days before). What a great restaurant!!
I don't know if anyone really know about top French say anything bad about this place.
It is fantastic food compare to before.
I mean El Paseo was known as old people's hang out with outdated food(Zagat) but now it is 'The Real Thing'.
Skilled & trained people in the kitchen just like in France and obviously, they are doing very good job!
If you are thinking about spending time in The French laundry(if you can get an table...) or any high enders in the city, please try it. Then you will see how high quality they present...unless you are kind of person don't wanna spend more than your budget and appriciate 'The high End'.
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