We were celebrating a friend's birthday and they picked the restaurant, established in 1974. I was worried it'll be a bad experience just cuz I hadn't read any recent reports on chowhounds, but Yelpers seemed to like it. I was quite happy with the entire experience though.
Parking lot is kinda small and I was a bit worried we wouldn't find a spot in the back but we did at 6:15pm on a Sat. night.
C. had made reservations for a table of 12 and they put us in a private area in the back with a long table for 12. It was nice, though hard to really talk to people unless you got up and walked up and sat next to them. Room is kept cold though, A/C all night long.
Some people got drinks, free ice water was given too. Then we got an sample appetizer. Since I don't eat fried items didn't get to try most of it, but ppl seemed to like it. B. and I got our own order of the seared ahi tuna sashimi which we enjoyed ($13.95).
Then warm bread was brought out w/ butter. They had also olive oil w/ balsamic vinegar too. Nice.
We also got a cup of the New England Clam Chowder to share. We really liked it. Creamy, warm, full of potatoes, and clams. Good w/ the bread.
For entree I got the prime rib medium rare 8 oz w/ au jus & creamy horseradish served aside, also got garlic mash potatoes as my starch. It also comes with a few broccoli and sliced carrots. $23.95. Prime rib was ok, au jus was nice, garlic mash-not garlicy enough for me, veggies forgettable. A side of mushrooms were just ok.
Dessert-I picked the strawberries w/ grand marnier $7.75. I liked the fruit, the sauce didn't care for.
Also got a glass of Bonny Doon's Vin de Glaciere-Dessert wine. It's a good sweet glass of ice wine. Recommended. About $7.75
Overall, I'd recommend the restaurant. Oh, another good point they have reception candy, matchbox, and wrapped toothpicks on the way out.
They have both men and women bathrooms. Women had at least 4 stalls, 2 sinks. Credit cards taken.
1921 El Camino Real
Palo Alto CA 94306