Inspired by favorable mentions found here, we had a lovely date night at Tidal on Saturday. Don't be put off by the hotel/resort location, it really feels like an independent restaurant (aside from the hotel guests).
I apologize for the brevity of my comments in advance, but I wanted to share some highlights before too much time passed from our visit:
- Location on bay is very easy to find and convenient to major freeways
- loads of free parking
- attractive design with inside and out seating, open kitchen, spacious bar and private dining room
- Lighting is adequate but not enough if you have trouble reading. Menu is difficult to read as well. Bring your cheaters.
- Napkins are attractive cotton dish towels (I hate non-cotton napkins)
- Menu is creative without being obscure.
- Portions are substantial and prices are reasonable
- Very thoughtful wine list though not extensive. The Paro Pinot was an outstanding choice and reasonable at $58
- Everything we ordered was well-prepared, carefully plated and delicious.
- Bread board is a menu item served with sourdough rolls, beet hummus and flavored butter. Nice way to get the juices flowing.
- Mussels were large and perfectly cooked. The toasted foccacia was just right for sopping up the delicious broth. I would have preferred a few more mussels however.
- Roasted whole striped bass was outstanding. Great presentation and served piping hot with a nice garnish of grilled lemons.
- Grilled NY strip was cooked precisely med rare as ordered and was actually the 16 oz as advertised. Tender, tasty and well trimmed. It was served with a blue potato garnish that I didn't care for and the beet greens were sandy and undercooked. The one miss was that the steak was not hot. However, when brought to the server's attention it was immediately rectified and they comp'd dessert.
- Cheese board is great! Excellent choices all served with delicious garnishes and a choice of bread. The cheese was a little too cold but it's difficult for a restaurant to keep the cheese out all night. If I returned, I would order the cheese at the start and ask them to pull them from refrigeration right away.
- Whoopie pie was meh, but I am more of a savory than sweet eater anyhow.
- Service, last but not least, was professional, knowledgeable, attentive and friendly without being overly solicitous. Just the right tone.
A few notes: they have lots of seating on the deck facing the bay. During the warm months it would a great place to have late afternoon cocktails and dinner. The private dining room looked perfect for a small get together. The bar area looked welcoming and cozy. If you're looking for a "scene" this is not the place. It's perfect for a date night or celebration, but there is no people watching.
We spent about $190 including grat with bread, mussel appetizer, two entrees, cheese board, one dessert and a moderately priced wine. Not cheap but for the experience a good value.