Manresa

★★★★☆
  • 320 Village Ln

    Los Gatos, CA 95030

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  • 408-354-4330

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The back and forths slay me. The one-star rating juxtaposed with the five star rating. Everybody here wants their opinion to be the last word. There probably is no last word. It depends on you almost entirely. This is one of the best restaurants in the world. And if you can easily afford it, just go and find out. (If you hate it, you hate it.) If you are a special occasion splurge situation and you're just perusing city search looking for a highly rated place -- consider who you are. foodwise. If you eat your steak medium and wouldn't dream of eating your eggs undercooked, don't do this to yourself unless you can chalk it up to experience and forget it. You're gonna come back and write a review like the gentleman who keeps saying, "AWFUL." And to him, it was! This level of cookery is not for everybody. For me, this is a remarkable godsend of a restaurant. If I'm going out to eat within an hour of my san jose home, which is only a few times a year, I'm going here. Over and over and over. This isn't just a good restaurant. This is a superb restaurant. Almost certainly the best within a hundred miles in any direction.

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★★★★★

The back and forths slay me. The one-star rating juxtaposed with the five star rating. Everybody here wants their opinion to be the last word. There probably is no last word. It depends on you almost entirely. This is one of the best restaurants in the world. And if you can easily afford it, just go and find out. (If you hate it, you hate it.) If you are a special occasion splurge situation and you're just perusing city search looking for a highly rated place -- consider who you are. foodwise. If you eat your steak medium and wouldn't dream of eating your eggs undercooked, don't do this to yourself unless you can chalk it up to experience and forget it. You're gonna come back and write a review like the gentleman who keeps saying, "AWFUL." And to him, it was! This level of cookery is not for everybody. For me, this is a remarkable godsend of a restaurant. If I'm going out to eat within an hour of my san jose home, which is only a few times a year, I'm going here. Over and over and over. This isn't just a good restaurant. This is a superb restaurant. Almost certainly the best within a hundred miles in any direction.

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My sister-in-law lives in Los Gatos. She took us to Manresa and what a great experience we had. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was great and the food was excellent.

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★★★★★

My sister-in-law lives in Los Gatos. She took us to Manresa and what a great experience we had. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was great and the food was excellent.

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Wow, what an experience! You pay a hefty bill at the end, but it is well worth it. The food in awesome, and the service is the excellent. I tried the tasting menu, and every single course was spectacular! I would recommend everyone trying this restaurant at least once!

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★★★★★

Wow, what an experience! You pay a hefty bill at the end, but it is well worth it. The food in awesome, and the service is the excellent. I tried the tasting menu, and every single course was spectacular! I would recommend everyone trying this restaurant at least once!

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the goon below me knows not what he says. sour cream on the egg? clearly you werent paying attention to the servers explanations of the dishes. i know from many trips there that theres no sour cream on the egg amuse. if you felt the meat was raw, why didnt you tell them to cook it longer? your "rookieness" is shining through in your review as well. restaurants, especially ones like manresa have the advantage of charging customers 160 for 4 courses on holidays like valentines day, new years, etc...but if you had known better you could have gone the next night for even less money and gotten the 10 course tasting for $150. sounds like you were a bit out of your league and if you want your meat served medium, with mashed potatoes and asparagus better stick to the classics like chart house, steamers grill, or gordon biersch. theres no better restaurant in the bay area, manresa owns any other spot in san fran.

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★★★★★

the goon below me knows not what he says. sour cream on the egg? clearly you werent paying attention to the servers explanations of the dishes. i know from many trips there that theres no sour cream on the egg amuse. if you felt the meat was raw, why didnt you tell them to cook it longer? your "rookieness" is shining through in your review as well. restaurants, especially ones like manresa have the advantage of charging customers 160 for 4 courses on holidays like valentines day, new years, etc...but if you had known better you could have gone the next night for even less money and gotten the 10 course tasting for $150. sounds like you were a bit out of your league and if you want your meat served medium, with mashed potatoes and asparagus better stick to the classics like chart house, steamers grill, or gordon biersch. theres no better restaurant in the bay area, manresa owns any other spot in san fran.

Pros: service, egg amuse, fresh produce from chefs farm

Cons: no bar

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After seeing it reviewed on the Michelin guide, I went here for their Valentine's day special meal. What a complete WASTE of money ($360)! Don't believe the other reviews. They offered a 4 course meal for the night. For the price I expected so much more. The proportions were ridiculous and I'm not even a big guy. You would be satisfied if you're an anorexic midget. The dishes are served on big plates, but the actual food is about the size of *very* small tapas plate.

Before you start saying, "ok so this guy is just complaining about the portions/quantity" I'll now describe the food itself. Every entree that came out had something wrong. The beef dish was undercooked (90% raw), the duck dish had an extremely bitter sauce, the oyster muse wasn't fresh, the dessert had some odd super sour flavor, this odd egg muse had some really bad sour cream on the top layer (it was served inside a partically cut egg). I could go on and on, but I'm trying to forget the awful experience.

It was like the chef was experimenting with different combos of flavors in every dish and failed miserably.

Save your money and go elsewhere. I think people that are giving it good reviews are just trying to convince themselves the meal was good since they spent so much money on it.

If I could give NEGATIVE stars, I would. I'm so disgusted and utterly disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

After seeing it reviewed on the Michelin guide, I went here for their Valentine's day special meal. What a complete WASTE of money ($360)! Don't believe the other reviews. They offered a 4 course meal for the night. For the price I expected so much more. The proportions were ridiculous and I'm not even a big guy. You would be satisfied if you're an anorexic midget. The dishes are served on big plates, but the actual food is about the size of *very* small tapas plate.

Before you start saying, "ok so this guy is just complaining about the portions/quantity" I'll now describe the food itself. Every entree that came out had something wrong. The beef dish was undercooked (90% raw), the duck dish had an extremely bitter sauce, the oyster muse wasn't fresh, the dessert had some odd super sour flavor, this odd egg muse had some really bad sour cream on the top layer (it was served inside a partically cut egg). I could go on and on, but I'm trying to forget the awful experience.

It was like the chef was experimenting with different combos of flavors in every dish and failed miserably.

Save your money and go elsewhere. I think people that are giving it good reviews are just trying to convince themselves the meal was good since they spent so much money on it.

If I could give NEGATIVE stars, I would. I'm so disgusted and utterly disappointed.

Pros: Easy to get a table

Cons: Food was AWFUL. AWFUL. Did I mention AWFUL?

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Manresa is an interesting dining experience. The food is very creative, lot's of interesting combinations, textures and flavors. Some courses don't make sense to me and some ingredients give me the creeps. Like say.....tripe or uni. My dining companion loves that kind of stuff so it's definitely a subjective thing. I mention this because a lot of the reviews just say it's a good restaurant and never mention the unique ingredients. Not a list for people with texture phobias. I do recommend the Chef's Tasting Menu with the wine pairing, but again I must mention the price...party of two out the door for over $500.

In light of all that, this is not a restaurant experience for a casual drop in dinner. It is a special type of event to dine here. Be prepared for changing out of those blue jeans into at least yur dockers and have your savings account stocked.

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★★★★☆

Manresa is an interesting dining experience. The food is very creative, lot's of interesting combinations, textures and flavors. Some courses don't make sense to me and some ingredients give me the creeps. Like say.....tripe or uni. My dining companion loves that kind of stuff so it's definitely a subjective thing. I mention this because a lot of the reviews just say it's a good restaurant and never mention the unique ingredients. Not a list for people with texture phobias. I do recommend the Chef's Tasting Menu with the wine pairing, but again I must mention the price...party of two out the door for over $500.

In light of all that, this is not a restaurant experience for a casual drop in dinner. It is a special type of event to dine here. Be prepared for changing out of those blue jeans into at least yur dockers and have your savings account stocked.

Pros: Interesting

Cons: robot like staff but they smile if you tell a joke

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I have had the privilege and immense pleasure to experience Manresa 5 times already and every time I have been unequivocally impressed! The outstanding service, the ever-evolving seasonal menu, the wines, the chef's creativity and brilliance are all standards every restaurant should aim for. Manresa more than deserves their 2 Michelin stars, having eaten at several star studded restaurants all over the world, I wholeheartedly approve of the ratings! There isn't a bad dish on the menu, every thing I have ever tasted is a solid 10. Expect to be amazed!

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★★★★★

I have had the privilege and immense pleasure to experience Manresa 5 times already and every time I have been unequivocally impressed! The outstanding service, the ever-evolving seasonal menu, the wines, the chef's creativity and brilliance are all standards every restaurant should aim for. Manresa more than deserves their 2 Michelin stars, having eaten at several star studded restaurants all over the world, I wholeheartedly approve of the ratings! There isn't a bad dish on the menu, every thing I have ever tasted is a solid 10. Expect to be amazed!

Pros: Fantastic food, Great wine selection, Outstanding service

Cons: none!

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My husband and I have been to several high-end Bay Area restaurants, including French Laundry and Michael Mina. Though we enjoyed the others, we agreed Manresa was the best experience. We had the multi-course tasting menu. It was the only time I was able to finish all of the dishes, which were unique and well-balanced. The flavor profiles were excellent. All staffers conveyed a sense of great care and pride in the restaurant. It was a fine-dining experience without all of the pretension and stuffiness of some of the other high-end places.

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been to several high-end Bay Area restaurants, including French Laundry and Michael Mina. Though we enjoyed the others, we agreed Manresa was the best experience. We had the multi-course tasting menu. It was the only time I was able to finish all of the dishes, which were unique and well-balanced. The flavor profiles were excellent. All staffers conveyed a sense of great care and pride in the restaurant. It was a fine-dining experience without all of the pretension and stuffiness of some of the other high-end places.

Pros: Great food; welcoming service without pretension

Cons: none

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I have been to Manresa twice and can't wait to go again.
Food is amazing, wine list is fantastic (great local wine selection), ambience and decor perfect.
Staff was attentive and provided good service.
You can't go wrong at Manresa.

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★★★★★

I have been to Manresa twice and can't wait to go again.
Food is amazing, wine list is fantastic (great local wine selection), ambience and decor perfect.
Staff was attentive and provided good service.
You can't go wrong at Manresa.

Pros: It's wonderful

Cons: No cons here-it's worth it

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Manresa is a fun and different dining experience in Los Gatos. You can choose from the Chef's Tasting menu or mix and match on your own. You can also choose to have wine paired with each course, which is very good (but can also be expensive). The interesting and inventive part of the experience comes from the various little "chef's gifts" that come between dishes, like tiny thimbles of soup. Manresa is a great place to go to celebrate a special occasion or when you just want to try something different.

http://www.manresarestaurant.com/

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★★★★★

Manresa is a fun and different dining experience in Los Gatos. You can choose from the Chef's Tasting menu or mix and match on your own. You can also choose to have wine paired with each course, which is very good (but can also be expensive). The interesting and inventive part of the experience comes from the various little "chef's gifts" that come between dishes, like tiny thimbles of soup. Manresa is a great place to go to celebrate a special occasion or when you just want to try something different.

http://www.manresarestaurant.com/

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Nice ambiance, nice food and excellent service. We went here last year for our anniversary with another couple and it was very nice. Almost too nice it seems. I remember one waiter that was a little over the top and almost snobby. But that was the only thing we found that night.

Nice place.

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★★★★☆

Nice ambiance, nice food and excellent service. We went here last year for our anniversary with another couple and it was very nice. Almost too nice it seems. I remember one waiter that was a little over the top and almost snobby. But that was the only thing we found that night.

Nice place.

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...or the prices! I was expecting a lot, given other reviews and what not, but chances are I'm not going back. The atmosphere was stuffy, people were not friendly (kind of an impatient feel throughout), and it was ridiculously expensive. Theres other options.

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★★★★☆

...or the prices! I was expecting a lot, given other reviews and what not, but chances are I'm not going back. The atmosphere was stuffy, people were not friendly (kind of an impatient feel throughout), and it was ridiculously expensive. Theres other options.

Pros: Food was good...

Cons: stuffy, pricey

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Manresa is really expensive but worth it. I actually preferred his previous location, Sent Sovi, more because it was more intimate and a lot less formal. David Kinch is the most creative and pasionate chef around. Who elese could make an unforgettable dish from pigs feet? Plan on spending two the three hours and leaving amazed.

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★★★★★

Manresa is really expensive but worth it. I actually preferred his previous location, Sent Sovi, more because it was more intimate and a lot less formal. David Kinch is the most creative and pasionate chef around. Who elese could make an unforgettable dish from pigs feet? Plan on spending two the three hours and leaving amazed.

Pros: incredible food, very professional ser

Cons: very expensive

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If you dine at Manresa, you absolutely have to opt for the Chef's Tasting Menu. Sure, the prices are ridiculously expensive (for hubby and I, the total including tax & tip - WITH NO WINE - about $260) but I challenge you to find another restaurant south of San Francisco that offers the same ingenuity and creativity. As a major foodie, I'd thought I'd seen and tasted it all, but Manresa blew me away with their food pairings.
It's not one of those places you'd frequent regularly (dinner was longer than 3 hours), but it's definitely a restaurant you'd visit at least once a year just to experience the chef pushing his culinary genius even further.

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★★★★★

If you dine at Manresa, you absolutely have to opt for the Chef's Tasting Menu. Sure, the prices are ridiculously expensive (for hubby and I, the total including tax & tip - WITH NO WINE - about $260) but I challenge you to find another restaurant south of San Francisco that offers the same ingenuity and creativity. As a major foodie, I'd thought I'd seen and tasted it all, but Manresa blew me away with their food pairings.
It's not one of those places you'd frequent regularly (dinner was longer than 3 hours), but it's definitely a restaurant you'd visit at least once a year just to experience the chef pushing his culinary genius even further.

Pros: Unique, Creative

Cons: Expensive, Time Consuming

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Lacks the thrill for the prices. There's nothing california or french or spanish about this restaurant - more like oriental. Too many fried/deep fried items on the prix fixe menu - which is the only way to order food here. The fish was over-cooked and dry but the between course fillers were interesting such as:strawberry gazpacho, parmesan churro, egg shell something and petit fours.

The interior can use more lighting options.

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★★☆☆☆

Lacks the thrill for the prices. There's nothing california or french or spanish about this restaurant - more like oriental. Too many fried/deep fried items on the prix fixe menu - which is the only way to order food here. The fish was over-cooked and dry but the between course fillers were interesting such as:strawberry gazpacho, parmesan churro, egg shell something and petit fours.

The interior can use more lighting options.

Pros: Service, Friendly staff

Cons: Food, Lighting, Pricey

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I dont surf, but I always feel exhilarated after going to Manresa, like having just caught the best wave of the day and riding it in. I have been to Manresa three times, and it is always thrilling to eat there. When I go to Manresa, I put myself in the hands of Chef David Kinch and order his Chefs Tasting Menu with the wine pairing. The Chefs Tasting Menu is ten courses that Kinch cooks for you. I surrender myself to Kinchs creativity and skill, and I am always amazed at how good the food is. There is nothing pretentious about Manresa, just stellar service and delicious food. Plus, the town of Los Gatos is a great place to visit. As you can tell, I like this place a lot, and I can see why it was voted Worlds 50 Best Restaurants.

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★★★★★

I dont surf, but I always feel exhilarated after going to Manresa, like having just caught the best wave of the day and riding it in. I have been to Manresa three times, and it is always thrilling to eat there. When I go to Manresa, I put myself in the hands of Chef David Kinch and order his Chefs Tasting Menu with the wine pairing. The Chefs Tasting Menu is ten courses that Kinch cooks for you. I surrender myself to Kinchs creativity and skill, and I am always amazed at how good the food is. There is nothing pretentious about Manresa, just stellar service and delicious food. Plus, the town of Los Gatos is a great place to visit. As you can tell, I like this place a lot, and I can see why it was voted Worlds 50 Best Restaurants.

Pros: Chef David Kinch, The patio, Exceptional service

Cons: Parking, No bar, Busy phones

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3 hrs for dinner, is the only negative thing. Food is prepared upon ordering so expect to wait 45 min between items. Expect 80.00 - 100.00 per person w/ grat. Plenty of staff.
If they had a view or coastal location one would understand. Small portions so charish evey bite.

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★★★☆☆

3 hrs for dinner, is the only negative thing. Food is prepared upon ordering so expect to wait 45 min between items. Expect 80.00 - 100.00 per person w/ grat. Plenty of staff.
If they had a view or coastal location one would understand. Small portions so charish evey bite.

Pros: unique menu

Cons: 3 hours for dinner, poor parking, liminted beverages

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My husband and I went here for Valentine's day and it was great. Service is perfect- attentive without being obnoxious, each entree was presented and taken away at the perfect time. Food was delicious. Each dish had contrasting flavors, which made for a unique and memorable dinner. Ambiance was perfect- casual, but elegant. The restaurant was completely full, but still maintained a level of quiet; perfect for an intimate conversation. I recommend sitting near the fireplace.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went here for Valentine's day and it was great. Service is perfect- attentive without being obnoxious, each entree was presented and taken away at the perfect time. Food was delicious. Each dish had contrasting flavors, which made for a unique and memorable dinner. Ambiance was perfect- casual, but elegant. The restaurant was completely full, but still maintained a level of quiet; perfect for an intimate conversation. I recommend sitting near the fireplace.

Pros: Food, Service

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I'd heard some bad things - particularly in the service and price arenas - but my husband was dying to go. We had a wonderful time. We opted for the chef's tasting menu, which brought us many "small bites," many of which were items we would never think to order. The waiter asked if there was anything we wouldn't eat, but otherwise just brought food out and then told us what we were tasting. All was wonderful, and the service was impeccable. All said, GREAT food and service, but very much on the pricey side... dinner for two was over $300. One of those special occasion restaurants.

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★★★★★

I'd heard some bad things - particularly in the service and price arenas - but my husband was dying to go. We had a wonderful time. We opted for the chef's tasting menu, which brought us many "small bites," many of which were items we would never think to order. The waiter asked if there was anything we wouldn't eat, but otherwise just brought food out and then told us what we were tasting. All was wonderful, and the service was impeccable. All said, GREAT food and service, but very much on the pricey side... dinner for two was over $300. One of those special occasion restaurants.

Pros: Great Food, Chef's Tasting Menu, Excellent Service

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Arguably the best chef in the South Bay today, David Kinch is busy weaving a tapestry of tastes and textures at his slick and hip Los Gatos eatery. Totally remodeled from its Village House days, Manresa treats the adventuresome diner to an experience unparalled anywhere south of Yountville. Front of the house partner Aimee Hebert and staff work hard to welcome and pamper. Wine list is unique and a tad ecclectic...which matches chef Kinch's vision perfectly. Don't miss pastry chef Irit Ishai's fabulous desserts.

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★★★★★

Arguably the best chef in the South Bay today, David Kinch is busy weaving a tapestry of tastes and textures at his slick and hip Los Gatos eatery. Totally remodeled from its Village House days, Manresa treats the adventuresome diner to an experience unparalled anywhere south of Yountville. Front of the house partner Aimee Hebert and staff work hard to welcome and pamper. Wine list is unique and a tad ecclectic...which matches chef Kinch's vision perfectly. Don't miss pastry chef Irit Ishai's fabulous desserts.

Pros: unique combinations, new patio dining, great desserts

Cons: very expensive, challenging parking

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Nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz foothills in the quaint town of Los Gatos, Manresa showcases chef David Kinch's hyper-meditated, progressive cuisine du terroir. Most produce comes directly from the restaurant's own biodynamic gardens…

 

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