548 Agua Fría St., 982-8608 Lunch Tuesdays-Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;
dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m.
Full bar Noise level: pleasant Vegetarian options Patio dining in season Handicapped-accessible Credit cards, local checks The Short Order Maybe Ristra’s executive chef Xavier Grenet has a bad case of the winter blues. Dinner can take a downhill trajectory after the generally excellent first courses. Even the 15-year-anniversary
special prices didn’t make dinner a good value. Lunch, on the other hand, can be a diner’s delight.
Warm professional service and the inviting bar, whose nighttime menu includes some of the tastiest choices, suggest another less expensive and truly enjoyable option. Recommended: black mussels, fried calamari, goat cheese and fig salad, duck confit, and braised lamb sandwich.