Original farm-to-table fine dining in the Bay Area

Hundreds of restaurants around the world claim to provide a farm-to-table dining experience, but few of these spots walk the walk quite like Manresa. Considered a pioneer of the now-ubiquitous catchphrase, chef David Kinch focuses his fine-dining restaurant on the terroir of Northern California.

A partnership with nearby Love Apple Farms provides the kitchen with nearly of all its daily produce as well as the inspiration for the daily changing tasting menu at the Bay Area establishment.

An exquisite wine list, blending the best of Old World selections with vintages from the Santa Cruz Mountains, rounds out the sublime experience of sitting back and letting the chef, and the farmer, present you with the season’s freshest bites in elevated form.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Make sure to arrive early to enjoy a seasonal sip at Manresa’s cocktail lounge. The drinks here follow the same philosophy as Kinch’s cuisine — only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients make it into these signature twists on the classics.
  • Part of Manresa’s charm is in the anticipation of waiting for your meal. The menu changes daily based on what produce the kitchen receives from local farms, so even though the offerings may be a surprise, you can always count on something spectacular landing on your plate.
  • This fine-dining restaurant is surprisingly unassuming. While you will find white tablecloths here, the farmhouse-inspired interior (think exposed beams, lots of natural light, wooden chairs) makes Manresa feel like a very stylish home.
  • The food may steal the spotlight, but the excellent service is just as worthy of praise. The warm, knowledgeable staff will attend to your every need.

Things to Know

  • Keep in mind when making your dinner plans that Manresa is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The Bay Area restaurant hosts a wide variety of themed dinners, guest chef experiences and pop-ups throughout the year. Keep up with the eatery on social media or follow its blog to stay in the know about upcoming events.
  • Manresa accepts reservations up to 90 days in advance, so be sure to plan ahead. Large and private party requests can be booked up to six months ahead of time.

The Food

  • Hyper-seasonal fare is what’s on the menu at Manresa. Sourced daily from local farms, the produce is always at the peak of freshness.
  • No matter what is served for dinner, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy some of Manresa’s fantastic housemade bread. These soft and airy bites come from the same in-house baker who creates all of Manresa Bread bakery’s goods.
  • A daily changing menu ensures that you’ll almost never taste the same dish twice, though you will receive a printed menu at the end of your meal as a souvenir.
  • The Los Gatos restaurant leans heavily on Northern California’s bounty, so you can count on having several seafood courses throughout the meal. Past dishes have included local milk panna cotta with abalone, raw oyster with Meyer lemon and tarragon gelée, and rings of squid with fermented plums and carrots.

The Chef

  • The driving force behind Manresa’s farm-to-table ethos, Kinch is inspired by a sense of place. He uses ingredient-driven cooking and modern techniques to reflect the integrity of each bite.
  • Though he was born in Philadelphia, Kinch fell in love with the kitchen after his family moved to New Orleans.
  • After completing culinary school, the chef went on to work at heralded restaurants around the world — including France, Germany, Spain and Japan — before finally settling down in San Francisco.
  • In addition to Manresa, Kinch has had a hand in several other culinary projects, including Manresa Bread, casual New Orleans-themed eatery The Bywater and his Emmy-winning performance in PBS’ The Mind of a Chef.

Getting There
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030
TEL408-354 4330
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