A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor’s emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale American cuisine at Decanter Restaurant and Wine Lounge.
Decanter Restaurant and Wine Lounge’s patriotic chefs conjure nuanced American cuisine based on a blend of California–style recipes and local, seasonal ingredients. The ever-evolving menu sets the stage for good taste with a selection of crisp, amply topped flatbreads ($8–$9). Dinner vessels deliver seaworthy flavors such as tapioca-studded seared ahi tuna set adrift on a sea of tomato sauce ($19) and braised St. Peter’s fish, navigating waves of plantain salsa and schools of steamed rice from within its banana-leaf replica of the USS Nautilus ($17). Trade sea legs for land rovers with the seared duck breast ($18), which mingles cilantro-laced tidbits with dark, sweet fruit. Rooting around in an asparagus ragout, slow-cooked pork belly flashes sumptuously soft layers of tender meat astride a fluffy english pea waffle ($19).
Although not included in today’s Groupon, drams from a well-curated wine list lend further depth to an already multidimensional dining experience, as does late-night music on Fridays and Saturdays and easily accessible space-time continuum rifts in the lounge.