Fare: New American - Eclectic
Food Quality: Well executed menu using locally sourced ingredients from sustainable and organic purveyors, and include humanely raised organic meats and poultry, wild fish, and shellfish.
Service: Friendly, attentive, not intrusive
Ambiance/Decor: Beautiful --The interior is cozy, romantic, dimly lit, with a series of private dining alcoves that have the feel of eating in a rustic, country ski lodge.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars, an upscale, destination restaurant
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Low in private alcoves, moderate-high in 2nd floor addition.
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy eclectic American food in an upscale romantic setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer basic food in a lower priced, modern, trendy, high energy setting.
Recommended dishes: When available; The Black Trumpet Mushroom Crusted Rack of Lamb with Wild rice fusion, asparagus, roasted garlic and infused demi-glaze; The Wild Caught Salmon, Pistachio Crusted with Forest Mushroom Risotto, Lavender infused White Wine - Butter Sauce, and chive oil; and The Duck Breast a La Cerices with Maple Leaf Duck Breast cooked medium rare, Sour Cherrie Sauce, sauteed spinach, and Mashed Potato
Liquor: Full bar service. Offers a modest wine list of California and international wines. BYO Wine with a corkage fee
Scarborough Fair is a charming, rustic, romantic restaurant, serving dishes prepared with healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
The exterior of the 1800's restored building is attractively decorated with twinkling lights and a terraced brick sidewalk leading up to the entrance.
The restaurant underwent a renovation and expansion and reopened in February 2020 with an additional dining room and an expanded bar on the higher level.
However, the new dining room is a departure from the cozy, rustic, romantic ambiance of the original and lower-level alcoves. With slate flooring and brick exposed walls, the poor acoustics, especially when seated near the bar, contribute to a much higher noise level.
The exceptional romantic ambiance can be found on the lower levels with private. dimly lit, dining alcoves that have the feel of eating in a rustic, country ski lodge. The romantic, rustic vibe has been created with the use of natural elements of brick, wood, glass, a high ceiling, and brick steps lead you to the private alcoves, and the upper-level main dining room
During holiday seasons the restaurant is attractively decorated, complete with soft string lighting.
For a cozy, romantic dining experience, make a reservation for one of the quiet, lower level private, dining alcoves.
The restaurant is owned and managed by Eva & Michael Fotinos who have teamed up Executive Chef Juan Carlos Hernandez to create, an upscale, destination dining experience.
Chef Hernandez is a native of Costa Rica, presides over an eclectic new American menu that is well prepared and offers additional selections of international Mediterranean dishes. The ingredients are sourced locally from sustainable and organic purveyors, and include humanely raised organic meats and poultry, wild fish and shellfish.
Vegetarian options are available.
Scarborough Fair is open six days/week:
For lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
For Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed on Monday
Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day
Reservations are recommended.
On-site parking is available, however on holidays and weekend nights, the lot can fill up, and be prepared to circle around the lot several times for an open spot
(updated: January 2021)
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