As evidenced by all those Teslas parked out front, this is a swanky spot for fine-dining in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel. The grand open kitchen, roaring fireplace, and large outdoor patio complete with gorgeous views of the Santa Cruz mountains draw a moneyed crowd of local techies. While its location inside a hotel may mean it is open for three meals a day, come for dinner to taste this kitchen’s ambition and pure talent. The cuisine is contemporary, thoughtfully composed with seasonal ingredients, and even surprising at times. An excellent risotto sings with the flavors of roasted butternut squash, Perigord black truffles, airy Lacinato kale chips, and the unexpected, wondrous touch of finger lime. The kitchen also flaunts its dexterity in three preparations of guinea hen, including tender breast meat with crackling-crisp skin, sliced thigh, and excellent springy sausages accompanied by charred peaches bursting with sweetness, pickled chanterelles, toasted pecans, and green onion soubise. Desserts are fun, delicious, and do not hold back, especially the insanely rich peanut butter and black sesame parfait, layered as fudgy brownie, ganache, mousse, and brittle in a glass goblet.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors