Welcome to historic Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro, Nevada County's popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner...or simply enjoying our full ... More
Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro Restaurant
Welcome to historic Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro, Nevada County's popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner...or simply enjoying our full bar with a great choice of the best local and California wines, delicious appetizers and fresh air in the charming outdoor patio. A vital part of Grass Valley since 1859, Tofanelli's iconic building is at 302 W. Main Street, next door to the thriving Center for the Arts. Tofanelli's is now under the ownership of a third-generation restaurant family that has opened 15 very successful restaurants in California, Oregon and Nevada. Most famous are the Golden Egg Omelet Houses, with an incredible array of 101 omelets that have been featured on television and copied internationally. In 2006, the Golden Egg Omelet House and Grant Avenue Bar and Grill in Novato, CA. were voted Best Breakfast in Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties by the prestigious North Bay Business Journal. Tofanelli's introduced that award-winning breakfast menu in 2006 and its popularity has grown rapidly in the Gold Country foothills. But Tofanelli's goes well beyond even the award-winning breakfast. Lunches feature a list of sensational salads, a full page of hamburgers and much more. Dinners at Tofanelli's are both casual and elegant. All desserts are created in-house by Chef William, a fixture at Tofanelli's for more than a decade. His featured dessert is the sinfully rich Kathrine's Chocolate layer cake. You might also try Chef William's marvelous and varied Creme Brulee creations or his Cherry Almond Cobbler. Of course, Tofanelli's wine list is extensive and always evolving. So please join us at any time of the day, from dawn through dinner. Visit our historic building, relax in the marvelous patio. And enjoy.
I have enjoyed this place over the years but now it is really going down hill. This week my friend and I went to Tofanellis for a quick dinner. When the server brought out my dinner she dropped the knife off the plate onto a chair at our table. She then picked up the knife and stuck it back into my food and served me the plate. We were so shocked. I removed the knife and handed back to the waitress and told her I would not be needing that but she thought nothing of it. I should have sent it back but I was still in shock so I just pushed the part of the meal that had touched the knife off to one side of the plate. Then my friends pasta was ice cold like it had been just taken out of the fridge and served to her. She sent that back and it took 15 min for her to get another. We were done eating by then. Come on it was obvious that it was taken out of the fridge and microwaved. Called the manager the next day who seemed lesss then concerned. Who is running this place? Get your act together before you go out of business.
20 years ago, this was a wonderful, local bistro. I was there the other night with out of town guests, as they had already made reservations there. It was a terrible, terrible meal. We were a large group, but after an hour we still had not ordered. We were there almost three hours, not by choice, and without dessert. When we finally got our food, it was not good. Really terrible. I mean, BAD! And this is a small town, I don't expect Chez Panisse. Everything was was overpriced, the lettuce was all bagged, the pasta tasted like Chef Boyardee, the water was never refilled, the plates were delivered to the wrong tables.
But here was the kicker: The place allows dogs on their patio, which is fine, I suppose. But not one staff member raised an eyebrow as one dog LICKED THE PLATES, LICKED THE MENU, BARKED FOR TWO HOURS, and ATE FOOD OFF THE PLATES. It was insane. And no one cared at all.
Summary: Terrible food, over-priced (for dinner, the prices below are at least $5 higher), nice but inept service, canine disgust, and not one local to be seen. And no wonder! Stay away from this place, if you can. If you're from out of town and need food, try Main St. across the way for the same kind of menu but much better food in the p.m. or South Pine Cafe 2 blocks away for morning meals.
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