The Restaurant at Sollano 16

by Jean Stoltzfus - August, 2008
(San Miguel de Allende)

Entry to The Restaurant, Sollano 16, San Miguel de Allende

Entry to The Restaurant, Sollano 16, San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel's newest restaurant is called, plainly enough,The Restaurant. My husband and I went twice recently and were very impressed. Wonderful, inventive food beautifully presented; nice portions; professional service. Another fine San Miguel restaurant.

Seating is in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by Moorish arches and covered by a retractable glass roof. There's also an indoor area that will be open later. The walls are a sumptuous red and the ceiling is triple vaulted. There's a beautiful bar in the back.

The chef, Donnie Masterton, is the real deal. He trained in one of NY's most famous restaurants, Montrachet, and has gone on to work in different restaurants in NY and California as executive chef.

The Restaurant has sourced all kinds of meat, cheese, produce "organic and otherwise" from local growers in the campo. And Masterton makes the best of them.

My favorite dishes at The Restaurant at Sollano 16 were: a stunning chilled curried cauliflower soup, a salad made of beets, goat cheese and pistachios, also a roast pork loin with a jalapeƱo honey glaze. Wonderful deserts too, like a lovely panna cotta and caramel chocolate tart.

The Reataurant at Sollano 16 is, I believe, at the level you would find in NYC or San Francisco, and to me, it's so refreshing to have a place like this in San Miguel de Allende where you can bring foodies or city folk with very high expectations.

OK, as far as price. For 4 of us on a Saturday, with 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 4 desserts and 2 bottles of wine, the price with tip was US$235. So obviously it's not cheap, but that was a lot of food and drink for about US$55 a person.

The Restaurant at Sollano 16. One of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende.

Editors' Note: The Restaurant oftens fills up so reservations are highly recommended. Call (415) 154-7877.

Open for dinner only, 6-10 pm, Tuesday thru Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Dec 02, 2009
Best Restaurant in Town
by: Annie

The Restaurant at Sollano 16 still gets my vote for the best dining venue in town - for great food, excellent service, and that ever so lovely setting in the courtyard. Yes, it costs a bit more than other restaurants in town, but it is SO WORTH IT!!! If you're on a budget, try their Thursday night Hamburger Special - with homemade buns and good-quality beef. There's also a salmon burger and a portabello burger for vegetarians.

Aug 15, 2008
San Miguel VIP Club now accepted at The Restaurant
by: Donna

The Restaurant now accepts the San Miguel VIP Club card. You can take 10% off your total bill, whether paying with cash or credit card.

Another valuable San Miguel VIP Club perk from what is already one of the best deals in San Miguel de Allende.

Apr 03, 2008
Possible to Eat for Less at The Restaurant
by: Donna

Thanks, Jeannie, for the comprehensive report. I've not tried The Restaurant myself, yet, but other friends reported their experience: "If you love great food, it's waiting for you!"

They had trout with cream sauce, tenderloin with a beef reduction... all served with big-city polish.
Their meal was a bit less expensive than Jeanie's --one appetizer (split), two entrees and three glasses of house wine cost approximately $575 pesos--about US$28 per person.

I can hardly wait to try it myself.

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