After reading all the hype on this board, I went with 5 friends to Marigold Kitchen last night. We had a lovely evening and were not disappointed. I go out with the same group every month or so and we usually go to small byobs. Marigold was definitely one of the better ones in the area - similar to Django.
We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated right away at one of the two round tables by the kitchen. The table was the perfect size for our group of 6. Service was very attentive.
We enjoyed chatting with the manager(and couldn't believe how young he was!). He reads this board and will probably be looking for my review today.
We appreciated the manager's knowledge of the menu and his recommendations. He convinced one of us to change a duplicate appetizer to the grilled cheese sandwich, and we were so glad. It was the hit of the night. I would go back there tonight just for that appetizer!The other appetizers we had were the blood orange/fennel salad, which was very good, the smoked trout in avocado (which tasted like whitefish salad - some of us loved it, some were underwhelmed), the clam chowder risotto and the coconut soup. I didn't have the last two (allergic to shellfish), so I can't comment on them. All of the food was beautifully presented.
For entrees, I tried the artic char, which I didn't like, but that was because I didn't like the fish. The preparation was fine. The potato side dish was very good, as were these 3 tiny pearl onions. I spent the entire night coveting my friend's black cod, which was amazing. The ribeye was also a big hit. My friend who got the chicken with foie gras thought it was just okay.
For dessert, we had the pumpernickel bread pudding (very unusual, but good), the banana crepe (which was our favorite), the creme brulee (which was just okay) and the tapioca pudding with meyer lemon sorbet (which was surprisingly delicious).
The pace of dinner seemed just right - we were very relaxed and not rushed. I'd definitely go back.