180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA | Directions 9457338.494009 -122.405977
Outdoor Experience 1st Class – The opportunity to sit for dinner and experience the Valley was quite romantic, so my wife says I agree. The fixed price menu offers enough choices, albeit it small portions. Seems the delay between courses made you less interested in eating so the small portions fit, in a strange sort of way. Food was great and the service was what you would expect for a top-notch restaurant. I did notice a significant amount more attention (conversation) to tables ordering bottles of wine versus glasses.
For the high price, slow service, small portions, this is a do it once as the start to a hopefully great romantic evening.
The view! – It's really the setting that pushes Auberge to the top of the Wine Country scene--the view is almost spiritual. Otherwise I'm not sure I wouldn't go somewhere else. The menu is surprisingly affordable for this level of cuisine and richly if not innovatively rendered. Also it's very well geared to accommodating the urge to try it all w/various tasting menu options. Look out though: the corkage fee was horrifying ($30). Note also that they will probably shut down for a couple months to renovate late 2002/early 2003. Hard to say the service was inadequate on one visit, but it certainly wasn't well-timed at all.
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