Went to Spago last night and had a good time even though A) It was very loud and B) Service was mixed.
Setting: Had a dinner reservation for 4 last night and i went with my gf and her parents. It was as loud as a brasserie in paris and it was bustling. I didnt mind it so much but it was definitely a situation where i caught myself asking the person next to me to repeat what was said.
Service: Service was very good in the beginning. The server was very helpful on the menu and what to eat. I asked the sommelier to come over so that I can speak to him about what type of wine we can accompany the meal with. The server was polite and said that she could not locate him, but that she could help with the pairing. We eventually chose the Melville Pinot Noir "Carrie's". The sommelier did eventually come over and upgraded our bottle of wine to the Melville "Terraces". Towards the end of the meal I asked repeatedly for water and on the fourth time, I was succesful. INCREDIBLE..... for the money I am blowing here, one would think attentive service.
Food: I ordered the risotto and my gf had the beet salad which we split. The beet salad was excellent with the right proportion of vinagrette to accompany the finely shaven beets with goat cheese. My risotto was good but not great, it was not as al dente as I wanted it to be however I liked the looseness of it. My gf and I split the cotes de boeuf ($75) which was good with and was accompanied with cheesy mashed potatoes. The steak remined me of BLT Steak in NYC however I thought this was better. The dessert was good, we ordered the Lemon, Lemon, Lemon which was huge but a very light touch at the end of the meal.
Conclusion: I would give it another chance however I am not sure if I am willing to shell out the cash on a place with mixed service. I felt reluctant to leave a 15% tip.