Went to Columbo's with Mrs. Briggs last night for a last minute "grandma's baby sitting let's get outta here quick" night. We hadn't been there in a couple of years and forgot what an absolutely great value for fairly nice steaks it is (in fact even more of a value than Gary Bric's Ramp - see Griller141's review below).
Mrs. B. had a pan roasted top sirloin that was served hot at her desired medium request, and was truly excellent (I only know this from the few slivers she allowed me before polishing her plate). I had the grilled rib eye, marinated with rosemary, olive oil & garlic. VERY tasty, but arrived very warm rather than hot. While I soldiered on and finished it anyway, hot would have been better. The grilled veggies side was very good, and the sauteed spinach was excellent. We both declined the included baked potato. The top sirloin was priced at $15.95, and the rib eye $17.95. A very large side salad was an additional $1.00 with entree.
I don't know about other nights of the week, but the music last night was a sort of amateur night - patrons can get up and sing with the pianist. I gather there's a variety of other jazz on other nights. Although the music was enjoyable to us, I wouldn't classify the experience as intimate dining since the music, while not loud, is very promienent. Again, other nights may be different.
Service at Colombo's was warm, friendly, and very efficient, The staff, from host to bartender to waitresses really make an effort to make their guests most welcome - like being served dinner by your aunts and uncles... Finally, the portions were ample enough that it made finishing the popcorn at Laemmle's Playhouse right afterward quite a chore (although unfortunately, we managed).
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