My family and I have been dining at the Trinity Cafe since it opened. We have always taken our wives ,girlfreinds and freinds there for an exceptional dining experiance However tonight 04/03/10 I was shocked at the poor service! My date and I were brought the wrong wine and beer. We both ordered soup and salad but were served one soup one salad it was cold in there in and after over an hour the waitress asked if there would be anything else I explained that we were still waiting for the entree. Gave them five more minutes then paid the bill and left Needless to say I will never eat there Again!!!
The Trinity Cafe changed ownership in early 2008. The new owner has infused the menu with a seafood flare and some light French accents. While the food is still very good, the menu is not as diverse as the previous owners. I was there over July 4th weekend, one of the busiest for Mt Shasta, and yet several items on the regular menu were not available. I found this very disappointing for a restaurant of this caliber. With a strong focus on seafood, I felt more like I was at the coast in Eureka than up in the mountains in Siskiyou county. Having lots of seafood is fine, but a more regional flare would have made me feel at home.
The wine list is VERY weak in my opinion. With thousands of wineries in California, the wine list is now limited to only TWO vineyards, neither of which is what I would describe as a top tier winery. I was very disappointed not to see a much more diverse wine list. The General Store in McCloud actually has a more diverse wine section in their small back room than the Trinity Cafe has on on their menu. The previous owners actually had a very extensive wine list by comparison. This is a major weakness, and a primary contributor to my low rating.
The ambience is still very nice, but the new owner has also changed the plates to al la carte, so everything is ordered with sides instead of on the main plates. The tables in the restaurant are not conducive to this, however, as our table for two was too small for all our plates with sides. Small and cosy is very nice, but the food should be plated to accommodate the tables.
Update on Nov 15 2008. I went back for a second visit. The menu is basically unchanged. Some things that could be improved:
For a small menu, 4 items require reservations ahead to order that item. Not appropriate for such a small menu.
The Wine list is still limited to two wineries. Unacceptable in my opinion for a restaurant of this caliber.
They only have 1 port, and it is not listed on the desert menu. You will have to ask if you want port.
The calamari and shrimp appetizers are both featured with coconut. So if you do not like coconut you'll find the appetizer menu a bit limiting.
The have 'tapas' but some of the items are not 'tapas' be definition.
With nearly a thousand types of cheese made in CA, many of them organic, the chef has chosen a Wisconsin cheddar for the menu.
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