Ris­tra

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

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.

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