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Thea, Santana Row, Review

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Thea, Santana Row, Review

Judith Hurley | May 10, 2005 12:22 AM

We had dinner at Thea's this evening. I wasn't too optimistic . . . I had queried this board and the person who responded had not had a great experience. Also, Thea has the same owners as Consuelo's, which IMO has really nose-dived since it opened.

But we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn't crowded as you might expect on a Monday evening after Mother's Day and of course the weather hasn't been too inspiring either. We were quickly seated and had our wine almost immediately. I'm a retsina fan, so I'm easy to please when it's available, which isn't everywhere or always.

We ordered feta and olives and eggplant salad (I can't spell the Greek) for starters. The feta was lovely and the pita was warm. I'd have voted for a few more olives, but it's not worth arguing about. The eggplant salad was not terribly authentic, but it was tasty.

One of us had lamb chops, two had lamb souvlaki, and one had moussaka. Nobody was unhappy with their choice. One of us ordered the Greek salad, and it was generous (lots of olives, which we all shared!) and definitely what you would hope for from Horiatiki.

Our friends shared a baklava, and my husband had the yogurt and honey for dessert. He thought perhaps the yogurt was simply Total, decanted and dressed up, but good nonetheless.

The service was inobtrusive and careful. The owner came by and seemed pleased that we were enjoying ourselves. The place itself is appealing -- light, airy and spacious, two stories high, with french doors all around, gorgeous hanging lanterns and artful sconces. The noise level was fine, although it's hard to say how it would be if it were truly packed. There's outdoor seating. If the weather ever, ever cooperates, that could be lovely.

It's not Kokkari, but it is local, and I give it high marks. Based on this evening's experience, they can count on us coming back.

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