This was our first visit since the change of ownership. It’s nice that Manzanita is now open for lunch.
The olives on the table looked nice but were not notable. The waiter served the Navarro Pinot Noir juice we ordered in a huge glass with ice. Weird.
Manzanita is one of the few Sonoma County restaurants with a wood oven and therefore serves wood-fire pizza. Overall the food was a bit salty but it is an okay lunch spot and we will dine there again sometime.
Sonoma Coast Fish and Chips: Local Rock Cod, Fries and Red Cabbage Salad with Herb Mayonnaise. $16
The chips were good but the fish was not great. The batter was slightly underdone and the fish just didn’t seem that fresh. The aioli instead of tartar sauce was a nice choice ( but very garlicky). The cabbage salad had too much vinegar and we did not eat it.
Pizza of the Day – Anchovies and hard cooked egg Wood-Oven pizza $14
The crust was a bit floppy – it was just not as crispy as I would have liked it – or as I’ve had it there before. Disappointing.
Grilled Breast of Chicken, Ragout of Asparagus, English Peas and Shitake Mushrooms with Tapenade - $17
Overall a good dish – chicken a bit mushy – maybe over-marinated? The tapenade did nothing for it.
Mixed Olives grace the table
Wine List: One thing Manzanita was known for was its great reserve wine list. Unfortunately, the original owner took his cellar with him when the restaurant changed hands.
The current wine list is pretty ordinary and perhaps only slightly better than the lists at Zin and Bistro Ralph.
Update: Manzanita has a new executive chef as of August, 2006.
You may notice that we do not give out a lot of praise. Having been to so many high-quality restaurants, it's pretty tough to impress us.
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