Why did we dine here? – Press is a Steak House in St. Helena that has received positive press from Michael Bauer. We were nearby and decided to give this beautiful restaurant a visit for dinner. A surprising mainstream change from the California cuisine that we normally have, at a place like Terra..! This restaurant is situated next door to foodie heaven, Dean and DeLuca.
Make sure visit them before coming here for dinner.
Insider Tip – Dine on Sunday to take advantage of the special deals.
Cuisine – Steak House
Location – St. Helena, California
Opened – 2005
Service – Press had very good service with A knowledgeable server who helped guide through the menu, and nice support staff, who kept the bread basket in our cups full. A notch below excellent as we had to chase them down for a couple items.
Verdict – Press is definitely a go to place for steak fans visiting the wine country. This steakhouse can easily out gun places like Alexander’s and Harris’ in San Francisco.
Extensive 55 page wine list. They did guide us to a fairly expensive $21 glass of wine.
Press Signature Dishes – Steak, crab cakes.
Press’s Menu features several different steaks along with fish for those who do not like red meat.
Our visit was on a Sunday, where they had 2 orders of the special $55 3 course dinner, which represents an excellent value.
Press Food Picks:
Legendary breadbasket with 4 kinds of homemade bread. Excellent, just trying not to indulge too much!
Strawberry Caipirinha ($12) LeBlon Cachaça, Muddled Strawberries, Fresh Limes & Raw Sugar. Served on the Rocks. Strong, balanced, fruity.
Spring Salad, English Peas, Baby Bok Choi, Shaved Radish, Cashews, Rhubarb Vinaigrette – A very nice chopped salad with fresh greens and a very light dressing.
Greek Salad was also solid, right heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, romaine, with some nice feta cheese.
Filet Mignon, Certified All Natural Creekstone 8 ounces – Cooked to a perfect medium rare, this thick, juicy steak was simply excellent. The better of the 2 steaks we ordered this evening.
Dry-Aged Rib Eye, Bryan Flannery (Butcher), USDA Prime 14 ounces – You could clearly taste the aging of the meat, yet the intense charring was a little too much. Bryan is famous, but we would like to see less fat and tendon on or meat. A decent steak that could be even better.
Roasted Asparagus was huge, fresh, and perfect.
Sautéed Spinach was surprisingly pristine, not overly buttered.
Truffle Mac & Cheese ($12) is a signature side dish featuring an awesome crust and some high quality pasta.
Scharffen Berger 70% Chocolate Soufflé for Two, with Vanilla Ice Cream ($18) needs to be ordered early on. A high-quality delight for chocolate fans.
Peach Cobbler with Coconut sorbet was freshly baked and included some very fresh peaches. Not too sweet along with an excellent creamy coconut sorbet.
House Made Tangerine sorbet was also excellent. Not too tart. Definitely homemade.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)