For Valentines Day this year, I decided to take my wife someplace different. Someplace that we had not already been to so many times that we have the wait-staff’s names memorized. Someplace a little more upscale.
Steak & Grape was not someplace that was suggested to us by anyone and prior to eating there, I only knew about it from driving by on the way to and from the grocery store that we frequent. It always seemed busy and very inviting, so we decided to take a chance on it.
Walking into Steak & Grape, the first thing that catches your attention is the warmth. This is certainly not a place where you might find the younger crowd in, standing at the bar shooting Jaggers. You walk down a short corridor which makes up part of their wine wall and are greeted by the Host/Hostess.
We had no problem getting seated, but we had also made reservations, something I would suggest doing if you plan on visiting during a day like Valentine’s Day. On our way to the table, the next thing that stands out is the atmosphere. Steak & Grape is warm and inviting, the seats are set up with the perfect distance from others to allow privacy but not make you feel like you have been alienated. The pictures on the wall and the lighting complement the facility perfectly.
The wait-staff is very competent and knows how to take care of each guest. At no point did I feel that I was ignored or forgotten by our waitress. In general, all the wait-staff, and other people working the floor, appeared to be generally happy. Not the “Canned” happy you might expect from people that just go through the motion, but happy like people that seem to enjoy their jobs. This is important to me, because that kind of attitude is infectious.
During our dinner, we were greeting by a gentlemen identifying himself as the manager. A pleasant person named “Vinnie”, I think… there was a little noise at the time and I may have misheard him. But he wanted to check on us and see how things were going. This was, and always is, appreciated. Not only is it good for the employees to see their manager cares enough to walk the floor, but it also makes the patrons feel good.
The meal was spectacular. We ordered a 20 ounce Porterhouse to share. The meal came with the steak, veggies and a baked potato. They even brought us a second plate to help us share. But I was concerned about the steak itself. My past experience with places in which I have ordered a Porterhouse has been plagued with problems. They always seem to be unevenly cooked or overcooked altogether.
Our steak came out EXACTLY as we requested it… PERFECT. If fact, we almost did not even need to use a knife to cut the meat, it was so tender. The seasoning was just right as well… there was no need to add salt, pepper or sauce. Again… this is something I had not been able to say since the last time I went to Jocko’s Steak House, in in Nipomo, Ca. This is a fact we felt compelled to tell the manager of Steak & Grape when next he passed by.
This does not happen often, and I am sure that people out there will argue with me on some point or another, but from our experience here, can find nothing to complain about. Overall, our experience was perfect.
Here are the details:
4420 Coffee Road • Bakersfield, CA 93312
At Coffee and Hageman Roads in the Von’s Shopping Center