Open late bar only
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Vesta Dipping Grill Restaurant Review: This funky, urbanized spot pulsates with a cosmopolitan crowd of well-heeled city dwellers. The long, sinuous, molded-concrete bar buzzes from the second the doors fly open, and on weekends, expect a standing room only situation. Snag a seat if you can, if only to socialize while enjoying one of the best sangrías in the city. The convivial dining room, painted in bold red and gold hues, is illuminated by sexy lighting from the muted wall sconces and enormous conical lights-as-art. It’s also a beacon for sophisticated foodies who ponder executive chef Brandon Foster's creations, all of which can be paired with one or more of the restaurant’s 25 signature dipping sauces. The best appetizer may well be the Vesta roll, sushi-grade tuna wrapped in nori seaweed and sesame seed, crisp on the outside and raw on the inside, served with wasabi cream sauce. Try such entrées as ponzu butter-braised salmon with Thai basil rice noodles; grilled beef tenderloin with caramelized onion mashed potatoes, oven-roasted tomatoes and Hazel Dell mushrooms; and the signature grilled venison plated with pommes frites and a dried cherry butter reduction. Servers are knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.