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Upstairs at Baily’s for fine dining in Old Town Temecula, a special occasions place for any age.
On the south side of Old Town Front Street is a gem of fine dining, excellent service, and unique opportunities for Temecula foodies. Owners Kim and Chris Baily have done fine dining experience right, for either an intimate place to have an elegant dinner in Old Town, a large group dinner party, or rehearsal dinner where the guests can stay to dance the night away.
Fine dining upstairs at Baily’s starts seating at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and allows for intimate table settings, private parties, up to rehearsal dinner sized gatherings, and with a menu that changes monthly, and advance reservations heartily suggested, guests will find five-star service at this fine, Old Town Front Street establishment.
When you walk inside Baily’s, the brick fronted building might first be thought of as a place for lunch at the Front Street Bar and Grill, or to hang out outside at the fire pits, while listening to the live music on the weekends. On the night we attended, Baily’s handily served up a rehearsal dinner, a private party, and maintained the North Dining Room for smaller guests. An intimate setting, regardless of the numbers present, and just what you want for a special occasion restaurant—it’s a place to get engaged, to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary.
When you go, dress SoCal nice-casual, prepare for a dining experience to last upwards of 2-3 hours for your full four-course meal, and to get the full effect on a Friday or Saturday night, dine early and stay for the band and fire pits in the outdoor courtyard area afterwards.
The upstairs restaurant is a haven of small dining rooms, banquet facilities, and private patios from which guests can watch and enjoy music down below after dinner. In the North Dining Room, where our group was seated, we enjoyed the bay window dining experience with a bird’s eye view of Front Street. The intimate setting, low lighting, and crackling fireplace creates an elegant ambiance not often felt in Old Town Temecula, anymore. A la carte menu, and for larger groups, advance menu ordering is available and encouraged.
Our server, Laura, is SoCal at its best. A true native to Southern California surf, she exuded confidence with the menu, suggestions on appetizers to best feed all at the table, and cracked open a bottle of fantastic Italian wine. After 8 years serving at Baily’s restaurant, Laura welcomed us as into her own home, bringing subtle touches – the hot rolls fresh from the ovens, delectable individual baked brie in buttery phyllo packets with strawberry pico de gallo sweet, sour, and salty delights for the tastebuds, and a delicious bacon wrapped Tiger Shrimp in peach compote with its perfect blend of mellow fruit and fresh crunch of seafood and bacon flavors.
Laura was an ideal hostess drifting in and out as with the tide, making the evening bright and memorable with her attention to every detail. Salads and soups arrived, allowing time to clear the palate after appetizers. The famed Baily’s blue cheese butter leaf salad with sweet pecans and light but perfect dressing was divine, as was the clam chowder, with creamy potato flavors, made deftly by Chef Saul Torres.
Never allowing for a lull in conversation or dining, dinner appeared in perfect time—with samples of Salmon Wellington—baked in puff pastry, served with basil crème sauce, alongside a delicious helping of cous cous, the fish of the day—a blackened swordfish with risotto mushroom, a hearty filet topped with gorgonzola, and the piece de resistance, a grilled bone in rib eye stake, served with sautéed mushrooms, onions, select seasonal veggies, and the best potatoes au gratin this reviewer has ever sampled. Heaven, the barrage of flavors, each bite savory, melt-in-your-mouthable goodness, and worth the price of admission.
In the glow of the fire, our table quieted as each enjoyed their dinner to the height of taste-buds, and few shared for fear of missing a bite.
Dessert heralded the end of the evening as live music began to play downstairs on the courtyard. We enjoyed the crisp crunch of sugar crusted crème Brule, the wineglass full of chocolate mousse, sampling each sweet treat with the audible but not overtly out of place ramping up of the Wilson Band, playing in the courtyard.
In the low murmurs of the fine dining room, the music became a precursor to the extension of the evening’s festivities to the courtyard below. Come for dinner, stay for live music and dancing. This is a place for the young, or the young at heart. When you go, tell them The Temecula Grapevine sent you.
Baily’s Old Town Front Street is located: 28699 Old Town Front St. Temecula, CA 92590
Call for reservations: (951) 676-9567