236 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto CA
Reposado opened earlier this year and the reviews were mixed. The San Francisco Chronicle was especially critical which almost made me decide to avoid the place overall. However, a more favorable review from a friend convinced me to give it a try and form my own opinion.
Overall, I really like this place. The atmosphere feels festive and the bar appears to be a good place to chill after work (especially if you are in the mood for a tequila-laced drink!) The menu selections are interesting enough but not super over-the-top trendy chic (which for Mexican places always seems to teeter between good and avoidable) to where I am questioning how certain ingredients can really meld together on one plate.
My dinner started with the chips and trio of salsas ($3) which I thought were nicely presented and went well with the guacamole. I see that many reviews mentioned bland guacamole but I thought the flavor was fine; uncomplicated yet tasty and a good match for the salsas (some which were rather spicy.) Perhaps they just upped the salt factor since the last few reviews though and I was the beneficiary.
While enjoying the chips/salsa and guacamole I moved onto a corn dish (something like a “creamed corn”) with green chiles. The corn seemed fresh (crunchy) and the sweetness was well-balanced by the green chiles. As for my entrée, I selected the trio of Carne Asada tacos which were well-priced at $11. In this instance I felt a little cheap for ordering but hey, they were GREAT.
Finally, it’s worth noting the service was hands-down stellar. It was the capper to a meal which left a positive impression and exceeded my original, low expectations.
My dining companion agreed on all points (so it wasn’t just me!)
The people who own Reposado also own the Penninsula Creamery which is another of my long time favorites (they have great comfort food in a diner-like setting.) Personally I am happy to see a new place open up and look forward to trying many of the other dishes on the menu although knowing my habits I’ll be back for the Carne Asada tacos!
Get the trio of chips! It's $3 well spent!
Carne Asada tacos - a deal at 3 for $11.