My daughter and I arrived at 11:20 am, 10 minutes before they opened for lunch. Someone graciously met us and offered us a seat at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. A small army of chefs was calmly but very quickly working on dishes which were set up for the antipasti bar. We were the first guests to arrive but shortly after 11:30 the restaurant quickly filled up with people.
The lunch menu includes about 15 items, including pizza, pasta, panino, fish, chicken and several salads and desserts. Prices ranged from $9 for the pizza and the small antipasti to $28 for the cod. We especially enjoyed the antipasti bar which contained at least 10 items. We selected the Octopus and Potato Salad, Speck and Roasted Vegetables. These small dishes were served with crostini and were delicious. The dessert, a nutella tart with chocolate gelato, was also delicious. We were a little disappointed in our entrees. My margherita pizza looked delicious and the sauce and cheese were very good. But the crust had a burnt taste I didn’t like. My daughter liked her pasta but felt like the dish didn’t have enough “pow” to justify the $18 price tag.
The restaurant is elegant and comfortable. The walls have exposed brick and windows overlooking the brewery. Parking is available in front of the restaurant. The service was great. We had never heard of many of the items on the menu but our server patiently explained what everything was. A nice touch was offering sliced fruit and berries to add to our water glasses.
Judging by the crowd at lunch I’m sure this restaurant will be very successful. Following are a few pictures I took while we were eating:
Update (September 30): Andrew Weissman, owner of Il Sogno, announced last Friday that he is closing his award-winning restaurant Le Reve to spend more time with his family and concentrate his restaurant holdings at the Pearl Brewery. Chef Weissman will move Sandbar to the Pearl Brewery in October and he plans to open additional restaurants in the Pearl redevelopment.