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320 Village Lane (Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.) Send to Phone
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Wander away from San Francisco for an introspective eating experience that's far from provincial.

• Buy chef David Kinch's cookbook Manresa: An Edible Reflection

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4.5 rating over 10 reviews

Manresa Restaurant Review

: Nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the quaint town of Los Gatos, Manresa showcases chef David Kinch's hyper-meditated, progressive cuisine du terroir. Local, biodynamic Love Apple Farms supplies most of the restaurant’s produce, conceptually represented in Kinch’s evolved, star dish, “Into the Vegetable Garden” --- it’s like getting the chef’s credo on a plate. Expect a holistic composition of the garden’s offerings that day, such as flowers, roots, stems, shoots, seeds, herbs and more substantial produce; the components might be raw or cooked and have varying degrees of temperature. Each evening, a “Seasonal and Spontaneous” tasting menu ($198) is available, which features about 12 to 14 courses, with the option of wine pairings for an additional $118, or $198 for premium wines. Kinch composes the meal from seasonal ingredients, perhaps utilizing seaweed, buckwheat or duck, and maybe green tea, bay scallop or venison. The wine list evokes a lovely sense of place with the inclusion of local makers, as well as selections sourced worldwide. All has been restored after the 2014 fire, and the welcoming contemporary feel of the place is still imbued with the warmth and bones of the original 1940's ranch-style building, including the open beam ceiling, mosaic tiled fireplace and curved wall. Enjoy an abbreviated tasting menu at the cozy ten-seat bar.

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