What You'll Get
According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of California fusion cuisine at Equus Restaurant and Loungebar in Santa Rosa.
Equus combines French, Mediterranean, and Spanish flavors to beguile palates with gourmet fusion fare. The menu, like the workload for yeti hunters, changes seasonally, incorporating ingredients from local purveyors and fresh California produce. Ring in gastronomic fetes with dungeness crab cakes topped with tomato chutney ($13), or plump shrimp scampi flavored with white wine and garlic ($12). Five spices mingle to flavor an expertly cooked sea bass ($25), accompanied by roasted fennel quinoa and haricots verts. House-made Worcestershire sauce slathers grilled new york steak ($28), which patrons can cut with knifes or the edges of hardcover pronunciation guides used to say Worcestershire. On Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, Equus fires up its custom-made Cadillac Smoker with local oak and almond wood to slow-smoke baby back ribs, chicken, brisket, and pulled pork, with honey-glazed jalapeño corn bread standing ready to soak up tangy sauce.
The tall backs of elegant circular booths cradle culinary adventurers around softly lit tables in the warmly colored dining room, and the dulcet tones of a baby grand piano traipse out of the neighboring Loungebar to fill the air with the universal language. A rotating wine list catalogs local and international libations with which to fill glinting glasses, preventing diners from having to milk raisins into teacups.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid 12/24-12/25/11, 12/31/11, 2/14/12, 4/8/12, or 5/13/12. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Equus Restaurant
The dungeness crab cakes are tempting enough on their own, but it's the unexpected accompaniment of tomato chutney that elevates them to culinary artwork. At Equus Restaurant, chefs painstakingly consider how ingredients can complement each other, lift each other to new heights, and make each other the most popular kids in school while developing their California-fusion cuisine—a collision of Mediterranean, Spanish, and French traditions. Relying largely on seasonal, local ingredients, their menus continually change, and yet the consistency in quality has earned praised from the Press Democrat, which also commended Equus for its selection of Sonoma County wines. Beyond its food and drink, Equus engages guests’ senses with the sumptuous decor of the main dining room and lounge bar, where dark wood panels, trim, high-backed leather booths, and subdued lighting turn every phrase of a conversation into a dramatic revelation.