Restaurants & Dining

california search button





Gigi Restaurant Food Review Lafayette California Best Restaurants San Francisco


previous < Best Bay Area Restaurants > next



Top 9 Restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area


food tours

By GraceAnn Walden

Food History Tours



Restaurants in Lafayette, CA



1005 Brown Ave. near Mt. Diablo Ave.
(925) 962-0882

Cuisine: Contemporary cuisine

Pluses: Delicious food using many local ingredients from Brentwood;
creative food really tied to the seasons.

Minuses: Some lapses in service – too casual.

Don’t miss: Lobster carbonara, pear salad with ricotta salata, tomato
gruyere soup

Prices: Appetizers $8-12; entrees $18-25

Overview: Earlier this year, Chef Jeffrey Amber had gone from being
corporate chef for the Chow restaurant group to snapping up the former
Kaffe Barbara cheek by jowl to Bo's Barbeque in Lafayette. Doing much
of the design and re-do himself with friends, he turned the little
cottage into a comfortable warren of small dining rooms.

On my first visit, I secured a table in the comfortable and welcoming
garden for dinner. I had the tomato Gruyere soup with basil croutons
and the Brentwood peach salad.
The salad with slices of juicy, ripe Brentwood peach was what "local
and fresh" should mean. The tangle of greens were napped with a
champagne vinaigrette, supporting toasted almonds and salty shards of
ricotta salata both adding texture and depth.

Amber makes a luscious spaghetti carbonara, with bits of lobster, egg
and topped with a lobster claw. Oh, heavenly decadence. For dessert I
ordered the funnel cake, something I had heard of, but never tried.
What arrived was a swirl of sugar-sprinkled fried dough with a nap of
Gentlemen-Jack caramel sauce.

On my next visit, the satiny house-cured salmon on crunchy rye toast
points had a drizzle of horseradish cr̬me fraiche Рsimple, but
perfect. The stuffed globe squash was chock full of prawns and pulled
together with roasted corn cream. The ribeye was beautifully presented
with roasted tomatoes and a blue cheese topping, almost distracting me
from the fact it was a little chewy. King salmon over toasted orzo was
garnished with bits of bacon in a lobster sauce. I used to go to
Lafayette for Bo’s Barbecue, but my heart now belongs to Gigi’s.




hot deals

Discount Disneyland Tickets

Catalina Flyer