I ate at the Tin Roof Bistro last night and came away impressed. This is the second new restaurant in the area by the same family. The other, Simmzy's is always packed and is a great concept so I had high hopes for this one. Tin Roof is in the Manhattan Village Mall and I think that puts it at a disadvantage since many diners, including myself, would prefer to eat closer to the beach and away from Sepulveda. The location within the mall mitigates this a bit since it is on the sleepy side of the periphery away from the mall proper. Here is my impression after one quick meal:
Vibe/Space. They did a great job of designing the space. When I walked up, the first thing I noticed was that there was a bocce ball court along the exterior flanked by some sofas and chairs. I have never seen or heard of this feature at a restaurant and I thought it was genius. It would be 1) a great activity while enjoying a drink and waiting for a table; and 2) a great diversion for children who are restless and old enough to play while their parents enjoy a longer dinner. Moving inside, I next noticed the open nature of the restaurant. It definitely has an open bistro feel with few booths and many tables. The dining room opens up to a patio which was very pleasant and a feature that no other restaurant in the mall enjoys. The open nature of the place caused the volume to be a bit loud, but not oppressively so.
Food/Menu. The menu was very appealing with great balance (something for everyone). A couple of fish dishes, some pastas and pizzas, good looking salads and meat and fowl selections. At some restaurants I immediately zero in on the one main course that I want, but the choices here were appealing enough that I had to take my time. While we looked over the menu, I ordered a dish of marinated olives (very tasty) and a glass of wine. I ended up selecting the pan roasted bass (great piece of fish with a crispy skin served with kind of a corn, mushroom, shrimp and micro green concoction that was also delicious). I also tried the lentil soup which was delicious but didn't need the ribbon of cream floating on top. Other items that looked good and that I will try on future visits include the Wine Braised Short Ribs and the Sweet Corn Pillows with Shrimp and Snow Crab. It had an interesting wine list with decent prices and a robust mixed drink selection. I looked at the lunch menu and saw that they severed fewer mains and added a number of delicious sounding sandwiches including an Artisan Ham and Salami Melt and a Wine Braised Beef Pinino with Cheese.
Service. The service was friendly and attentive and I was impressed given how recently they opened. You could tell that this place was conceived/run by people who really know restaurants.
Overall I left really impressed and will be back shortly to try some other dishes. I so not have any pictures yet, but hope to add some in the future.
Just when I thought the dining scene in the South Bay was nonexistent, along came Tin Roof Bistro. Finally, a place that's just right for families, daters, singles at the bar, or a group for "bocce hour" on the real bocce court out front! I had my first dinner experience here over a year ago, and I have been back time and again, and Tin Roof never misses the mark. I have had quiet, romantic dinners over a bottle of wine and slow-braised beef … more
Good for large groups and they have a REALLY nice private room in back for very large groups and outside patio too. For food, they have a large menu with many options, but Tin Roof has become my spot if i want a chicken sandwich. Sometimes you just want chicken sandwich ya know?