Our former neighbors came for a visit which gave us the impetus to try a few new places over the weekend.
The first one was Rocky Point Restaurant for lunch on Saturday. This place has had so many management/chef changes that I've struggled to keep up. Our current neighbors said to go quick now so we did. I can say we were pleasantly surprised having had zero expectations. The food is definitely decent for a view restaurant and where else are you going to look out onto Bixby Bridge? My husband and I shared the calamari starter (which was huge) and crab sliders. We liked the calamari better than the sliders but both agreed we'd return at least in its current incarnation. The forward patio is dog friendly.
Dinner on Saturday night was at Flying Fish Grill. I'd heard raves about this place (locally, not through CH) and it was very busy. I had the scallop & gulf prawns and my husband had the seafood pasta. We felt that nothing particularly stood out and we've had better examples of Pacific fusion. The owners are very warm and personable and I wanted to like it more.
Breakfast on Sunday was at the recently re-opened Bernardus Lodge. Gone are Marinus and Wickets and it's just Lucia now. We'd never been in its former incarnation so don't know what its previous layout was but the restaurant is located to the left as your enter with the terrace at the front. Breakfast was pleasant and service was good though I also find it hard to judge a restaurant based on breakfast. Dinner is served in the same location while lunch is only served on the patio behind the entry/reception area. This area has more of a passageway feel but I was told you could bring your dog here whereas the breakfast/dinner restaurant terrace was off limits to dogs which I found puzzling since the lodge itself is dog friendly and you can enter the restaurant terrace from the outside. The renovations looked nice and I'm hoping someone else will sample dinner and report back ;)
We finished the weekend with the Vine to Wine tour at Holman Ranch. This is a two hour ATV vineyard tour and barrel tasting including a tour of the restored hacienda which is mainly used for events. Not many vineyards in this area give official tours so it was a treat to be able to take our guests there and we all had a blast. The price is $50 per person but free for wine club members.