Owned and operated by chef Bruno Chemel, who adds "a playful touch to the 'haute' prix fixe menus," Baume finished among the top five eateries inn Zagat's Top French South of San Francisco category.
The top ranking went to La Forêt, a special occasion restaurant in an historic creek-side house on the outskirts of Saratoga.
On a rating scale of 1 to 30, Baume rated a 26 for food, 23 for decor, 27 for service with an average tab of $218.In Zagat's words: "Bruno Chemel adds a playful touch to the 'haute' prix fixe menus at this 'imaginative' Palo Alto New French, where 'artful and sculptural' dishes that are clearly labor intensive' can turn diners 'from skeptic to fan''with their "intense flavors'; pampered guests declare the 'extra special' service and modern space a 'treat', just prepare for 'very expensive' price tags to match; P.S. open Wednesday–Saturday."
Baume, located at 201 S. California Ave., is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and for lunch every Friday and Saturday.
Other area eateries are also scoring high on the 2014 Zagat scoreboard:
- Palo Alto's Evvia Ranks in Zagat's 2014 'Top Food' Category.
It's like a "hug from a Greek mama," according to the restaurant reviewers.
- Mountain View's New GocHi Ranks in Zagat's 2014 'Top Japanese' Category. It is fusion, small-plate fabulous, reviewers declare.
- Los Gatos' Manresa Ranks in Zagat's 'Top Food' Category. Establishment at 320 Village Lane continues to earn accolades for its excellent cuisine and service.