A fairly new restaurant, the Grapevine, located off of Foothill Boulevard and Moreno Avenue serves Mediterranean cuisine. What is unknown about the Grapevine experience may be the very key in determining whether it is worth a visit.
When you visit the restaurant, you must first valet your car for $4.
Once you make your way up to the host located at the front of the patio you have the option to sit on the patio and endure the smoke of other people’s flavored hookah.
The options are to participate in the smoking or be seated.
A seat on the patio provides an elegant outside dining experience. Hanging patio lights provide enough light to make dinner enchanting. It is different from other restaurants in the area due to characteristics that make it unique. Inside the restaurant, however, is where the Mediterranean statement is made.
Dark, maroon drapery and golden fixtures, burnt yellow textured walls and mahogany crown moldings are features that bring the Mediterranean influence to life inside the restaurant.
Dark, bronze colored light fixtures with diffused lamp covers provide ambiance lighting, making the dining area they light seem private and intimate.
Once seated for dinner, the server brings fresh flatbread from the oven.
Pickled olives and red peppers are provided to accompany the warm bread.
Unfortunately, this is not a pleasant delicacy for a person unaccustomed to a very tangy, pickle-like flavor.
Looking over the menu, a person can be overwhelmed by the numerous options that each entrée seems to feature, but seem to offer the same combination of items: lamb, hummus and garlic sauce.
Other options on the menu are beef, chicken and fresh seafood.
All are offered and each is served marinated or garnished with a strong, garlic sauce.
A plain and least exotic salad was the House Salad, a bed of leafy greens served with large tomato slices and cucumbers.
The house dressing tastes like a combination of onion and Italian dressing.
It is extremely tangy and when a person bites into the salad; the dressing bites back.
In addition to meat entrées, one may choose a sandwich made of pita bread, choice of meat, hummus and fresh vegetables.
Each option is fairly exotic and those brave enough to try a sandwich may do so.
The chicken kebab was a pleasant dinner, featuring chicken cutlets mildly marinated.
The tender chicken was a treat, served with garlic and mashed potatoes.
For $14 this entrée is easily filling.
Dining at the Grapevine was not an entirely pleasing experience.
The servers were friendly, but a person might find the overall atmosphere uncomfortable.
More than intimate, the interior can feel stuffy.
Not everybody’s tastes are accustomed to the highly seasoned delicacies of the Mediterranean.
Even though the food ordered from the menu was not the most exotic, it was offered by the restaurant, indicating the restaurant takes pride in serving it.
However, upon leaving the server said, “next time you come back, eat a real dinner.”
Michelle Loggia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.