|Vincent Hill Station||Acton, CA|
Just took my wife here last Sunday evening, 8/27/00. We were one of only three active tables on a quiet evening and have had bad experiences under those circumstances in the past at other establishments.But not here.
Even though we were the only customers after about 30 minutes (everyone else had finished dining and left and it was unlikely that anyone else would be coming in, Acton is a small town) we nevertheless were treated to very good service, very good food and never felt hurried or rushed to leave in any way.
My wife had a filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly, medium rare and was tender and very good. I had the crab cakes and angel hair pasta and while the crab cakes did not rival those of the famous 'Ivy at the Shore' in Santa Monica, they were pleasant enough and the pasta was fine as well. However, what really was memorable and my recommendation, would be the Portuguese Sausage Soup, which is available on a daily basis as an appetizer. It was wonderful. Altho the broth appears visually to be a bit thin, it is anything but watery. The soup is rich in flavor and is hearty without being heavy. And the sausage and red potatoes are a delghtful and delicious combination. Prices are very fair and reasonable. It can be cozy and romantic as well as "kid-friendly" provided that your children are reasonably well-behaved and quiet. There is a full bar and rarely a wait for a table, but they do recommend reservations for Friday or Saturday evenings.