Awful Service/Expensive/Better Alternatives. Went there many times. The service kept getting worse and worse. Finally, took a client to brunch. They took 45 minutes to serve our brunch order! No explanation. Kept asking server about meal and send would check but no response. I can not risk taking friends or clients here again. Sorry, but when I pay this type of money, I expect at the least good service.
Editorial Review. Located on the top floor of gourmet market Draeger's, this airy, upscale restaurant offers Cal-Med cuisine made with local ingredients.
Nothing French or edible here!.
If it wasn't so expensive, this place would be laughable. The $75 valentine's day dinner was really vile....blini appetizer: blini hard; no measurable caviar...so it's some smoked salmon.
The lobster dish was tough and the risotto cloying and salty....really bad!
Desert was a joke..some stale things (fondue??) to be dipped in chocolate...hardly anything to eat.
folks, this place is overpriced, pretentious and bad....and the wine list is a catastrophe unless you have options at a silicon valley company........avoid this place at all (high) costs.....oh yes, they rammed 4 courses on us in less than an hour........................
Top Flight Dining on the Peninsula.
A restaurant that has consistently delivered for us fine food and solid service in a stylish space.
A nice Peninsula dining option. Highly recommended.
Awful service, bad attitude. This overpriced and "over attitude" restaurant is dated. It shouldn't take 2 1/2 hours for dinner when there's no one else in the restaurant. Their corkage policy is stiff and given their overpriced wine list, their philosophy seems to be maximize profits, minimize customer experience. We're not going back!
kudos on all fronts!!. i love this place. always a consistent dining experience at viognier - from the food, wine, service, ambience, all-around wonderful. absolutely recommend the pairings (you'll stand amazed at how pairings enhance flavor/taste. side note - J's bubble room also great with their pairings). i have yet to encounter a 'missed' entree at viognier; flavor always outstanding. if there's one constructive thing i can point to, i could say i've had better desserts. last note - if you're a pinot fan, don't miss out on their merry edwards reserves!
Wonderful find on the peninsula!. I only recently ventured upon Viognier after a friend of mine suggested we dine there after our sunday afternoon cooking class. Our entire 3hour dining experience was superb. From the sommelier to our fantastic waiter to all the other service staff, everyone was extremely friendly and created for a fine dining experience. We decided not to opt for the course pairings (which I will definitely be back to try out!) and opted for oysters on the halfshell, duck prosciutto pizzetta and ahi (prepared 3different ways/flavors). and of course a fabulous pinot, william selyem which always wins me over hands-down. EVERYTHING was so wonderful to the taste. You always know when you've had a great meal at a great restaurant when you're looking forward to introducing more of your friends to the place AND wanting to go back with them!
great service great food. Its nice to have a restaurant like Viognier located here in downtown San Mateo. The food is well prepared and imaginative, and the service is polite and professional. San Francisco is the closest place to get anything compareable and after a nice enjoyable meal, maybe a tasting menu with wine, I don't feel like driving. Plus it is located at Draeger's so you can pick up a neat cooking tool or something for the pantry. I always like to bring my out of town friends to impress them.
top chef in unique setting. This is by far one of the top culinary spots on the peninsula. Food is always excellent. Reserve a seat near the cooking class room to get a peak at the culinary offering of the evening.
Summer is here. I have always liked going to Draeger's market and I just recently tried dining at Viognier. What a wonderful experience. Chef Scott Giambastiani's new summer menu is great. The heirloom tomato salad with corn, arugula and basil viniagrette really says summer, and for my entree I had the Ahi Tuna prepared three ways. Three perfect different preparations of tuna on the same plate. Save some room for desert, the ice creams and sorbets are to die for. Our server wsa attentive and very knowledgeable about everything on the menu, and the sommelier reccommended a great pinot noir to complement our meal. One of the best meals I have ever had.
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