I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviews. I recently went to Magenta as part of a birthday gathering for a friend. It will be the last time that I enter their establishment. The wait staff was rude and slow to boot. I'm 56 years old and the waiter carded me when I ordered a beer, I declined to show him my I.D., went down the street to Squirrel's and had a great evening. Save your money, Corvallis has many good eatries and a few great ones, Magenta doesn't fall into either catagory.
What a delightful oasis this restaurant is! I tried it my last night in town to take my son back to school, and I wish I'd tried it the first night so that I could have come back! Everything was delightful, from the eclectic, funky furnishings (that began with a magenta sheer fabric panel, separating the entryway from the rest of the restaurant, setting the tone perfectly), to the hand-crafted, unique menu choices. When I travel, I like to try foods that I either can't get a home or wouldn't make at home, so I tried the emu medallions with red wine and fruit reduction as an appetizer. Delectible. My entree indian curry risotto with jumbo prawns was perfection. A delightful mix of textures, from the creamy risotto (made to order for each guest, I learned), to the crisp green beans, to delicately, perfectly cooked prawns. Toasty warm rolls, dense and deliciously chewy, accompanied the meal, along with a plate of flavorful garlic butter. After dinner I chose to sit at the bar and enjoy one of the innovative martinis (marion berry), expertly blended and shaken by the head chef and owner, Kimber. All juices are hand-squeezed, all flavors infused by the juices themselves, not by flavored liquors, and you can tell the difference. The thing I like about this place the most, though, is what makes this whole town so enjoyable, and that's the warmth of the people. Kimber was a most genial host, explaining her business and her philosophy on how she believed food and drink should be served. She also has a second location in town, called Southeast, just on the edge of the OSU campus. It caters more toward students, but has the same made-from-scratch attitude toward their menu items. I'll definitely tell my son about this one, and hope that it's as much of a gem as their upscale venue.