4565 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA | Directions 9505137.323339 -121.982597
Large Menu, lots of choices, Good flavors, will try again – we stopped by last night for an early dinner. The selections are vast.....something for everybody including my mother who prefers "old style" dining. A lot of items that I would like to go back again and try. Especially SusieQCup's Salmon and polenta and the cioppino...that sounds interesting!
My hubby had the veal scallopini, and shared some with me.......excellent flavor! I would order this again for sure, more of a brown sauce than the kind that you get at, say, OJ's. My mother ordered the 1/2 rack of lamb, which she enjoyed & was a smaller serving size of meat, perfect for her. I ordered the sirloin and lamb combo. The sauce that came with both was very good! However, I had ordered medium rare lamb and rare steak. I got raw lamb and medium well steak. Too bad the waiter never stopped by to check on us..... he finally came by with the check and asked us if everything was okay (well, yeah, since I didn't eat any of the meat, I guess that was obvious) I explained to him what happened, he looked, nodded, smiled and said "well they must have gotten it wrong", and then took it away and brought it back packed to go. As is. Seriously. He also never tried to upsell soup, apps, salad, dessert, which was surprising since we had planned to order some but he had left the table so quickly after taking the main course items that we didn't have the chance, then never saw him again until he brought our order to the table ) nor did he offer to refill drinks. All items which would have brought his tip up, so I figured this was a one person abherration and not the norm for the restaurant.
Bottom line for us: we enjoyed the food , and decided that despite the poor service and lack of caring, we will go back again, try some new items, and definitely request a different waitperson.
I need more SALMON – The polenta and salmon dish was AMAZING! I have it everytime I go.
Good, not great – I've been here a few times over the years when other people have suggested it, while I think the food is good, it's not great by any means. I think they're expensive for what it is too.
You have to try the calms though.
Excellent Food and Kids Eat Free – Excellent Food with nice food and beverage menu. Ample parking at the back with back door entry.
Servers were patient and friendly! Would go there back again.
Incredible Cioppino! – My husband and I have been frequenting BtB for over a decade, and we have yet to be disappointed. It's a wee bit pricey for us (otherwise we'd eat there every week), but the portions do measure up to the prices, and the food is just wonderful. We've taken out-of-town friends for their heavenly cioppino, and even the native San Franciscans have to admit they do something to the broth that sets it apart from other "good" versions; in ten years, my husband has only ordered something other than the cioppino one time, and even our younger daughter has been slurping it up since she was two years old. Both our kids have always loved it there (the cheerful wait staff brings crayons in a tiny bucket, which they find hilarious), and we rarely have any boxes to take home, which translates into clean plates and happy parents! The atmosphere is pleasantly dim, cozy and friendly, and the noise level can rise a bit as the room fills - but that's exactly why we like it. How often do you hear about a "nice" restaurant, with great food on a huge menu, romantic enough for a man to propose, where people also feel comfortable bringing their kids and celebrating in large, exuberant groups?!
Steak, seafood, good drinks – I met some friends here while on a business trip and totally loved it. The steak was cooked to meet a Texan's standards. We had drinks, appetizers, and shut the restaurant down well after closing. The service here was fantastic and the waitstaff very friendly and accomodating. I have no idea how to get back here, but would if I could, hehe.
Cool late night discovery. – Being a visitor to the area I decided to try out a few places that caught my fancy. I was drawn by their catfish promo, thus last night I had dinner there. Parking was no problem, street or onsite. Getting seated was easy. I ordered the catfish and jumbalaya rice. Maybe it's just me, but I have something going for oven-warm toasty bread, so I get disappointed when I'm served cold bread hard as stone. The waiter quickly offered to place it in the pizza oven, and I was a happy camper once again. The entree arrived. I wasn't stuck on the rice, but the single green pepper adornment did something for me, it's center dug out and filled with cheese. The catfish was as tasty as it looked, no problem there. Overall, I had good value for money.
Satisifed my Craving for Steamed Clams – I recently moved into the area and was in the mood for steamed clams. I found this place on Citysearch with several positive reviews and decided to give it a try.
Atmosphere was like a family restaurant, similar to The Fish Market. Nothing spectacular. It's a good casual restaurant for a family of four to six. Good for small or large groups.
We were promptly served bread to start off. It was fresh, chewy, and went well with the meal. We started off with the clam chowder, which had a good dose of clam meat and was very tasty and creamy. I ordered a bucket of clams and mussels, while my wife had the Catfish Meuniere. The clams and mussels were fantastic. The sauce was so good that I was drinking it with a spoon and dipping the bread into it. I was very satisified. The catfish was very tender and tasty.
The service was fast, attentive, and excellent. We got our food promptly. After that, it seemed like the servers were checking on us every 5 minutes. Our water glasses were never empty.
Overall, a good place to go for a casual dinner. I have now found my place to eat steamed clams.
chef's specials – We kept coming back. All of their Chef's Speicals are really superb. Extra ordinary, tasteful, delicious meals everytime. I seldom cook fish at home. And I would say that if I crave for fish, this is the place. You could tell it is fresh.
Not just a family restaurant! – I love this place. I have to admit, my first trip I thought it was going to be a fast food place....I was sooooo wrong!! The catfish is the best, and my favorite, but the variety of dishes will please everyone. It's not just a family place, (although it is very welcoming of kids.....) and I think its the most romantic restaurant in Silicon Valley. Maybe because my husband proposed to me there? The staff is a lot of fun, and we always get outstanding service.
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