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Lunch at the Farley Bar at Cavallo Point


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Lunch at the Farley Bar at Cavallo Point

The Librarian | Jun 27, 2008 09:25 AM

I had lunch with my mother and daughter there on Tuesday. We chose to have lunch in the Bar rather than the restaurant which looked a little too formal. The Bar is pretty, with two fireplaces and comfortable chairs and couches. It doesn't have a lot of tables, and our server said it gets jammed at night. The menu is limited with very few options for my vegetarian daughter. She ended up having the kid's lunch (even though she's not a kid) with macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, mixed berry salad, and chocolate pudding (unbelievably rich and dark!). I had the streamed Marin mussels in smoked pimenton butter which was fine. The mussels were huge and tasty, but the liquid seemed rather watery. I also got the Little Gem salad with parmesan and anchovies (which I couldn't locate) which was ok, not great. My mother had the burger with cheddar which was huge and came with a small amount of salty crispy fries. The service was ridiculously pretentious and formal. When our entrees arrived, each was carried by a different server and placed on our small table simultaneously. Come on - I know that's a style of serving, but in a bar (although a fancy one)?! Rolls were brought around and served with tongs. We assumed they would be hot, but they were as chilly as the butter that came with them. When they brought my daughter's chocolate pudding, the busboy came back with three spoons on a plate covered by a napkin. Please! You have to request salt and pepper which is something I find intensely irritating. Everyone who took care of us was very nice, but the whole place seems kind of phony and corporate. The best part was going outside and sitting on incredibly comfortable couches on the porch and admiring the view. I would go back and have a glass of wine on the porch, but that's all.

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