Paul Martin’s American Bistro


If you truly are what you eat, then I must be a more fresh, organic and delicious version of myself after dining at the “soft-opening” of Paul Martin’s American Bistro in Roseville this Saturday. The restaurant’s mantra, “Eat organic. Believe in sustainable. Buy local. Love fresh.” is more than just a slogan – it proved to be an ambiance, a sense of professionalism and a delightful flavor that came in many forms.

Upon entering the softly lit bistro on Eureka Road, my first impression was one of extreme preparedness. Especially for a “soft-opening,” the staff at Paul Martin’s American Bistro was both attentive and abundant (not to mention well-dressed and the perfect blend of edgy and clean cut, although that has nothing to do with the food).


We were seated immediately, despite arriving a bit early for our 12:00 reservation. The well-thought décor matched the classic chic vibe; with dark wood and warm colors enveloping an otherwise relaxed environment.


My guest for lunch (also known as my mom) and I were greeted by our waitress Crystal who guided us in choosing the buttermilk breaded calamari as a starter. Crystal does not mislead – the calamari was deliciously light, a tough feat for any fried food to accomplish.


For the main course, I ordered the Skirt Steak with roasted maple-bourbon sweet potatoes and arugula and my (health conscious) mother decided on the butternut squash soup. I don’t know about you, but the phrase “family style” is a way of life between my mother and I, so sharing plates is always a given.


The skirt steak was perfectly cooked to a medium-rare, just the way I’d ordered it. The sweet potatoes were basted with a maple syrup glaze that could have bumped them right over to the dessert category. The arugula even proved to be a nice touch, turning an otherwise filling meal into a lighter, more complete plate.


The butternut squash soup with sage pesto and croutons was a dish that I could easily feast on every day through the winter months. Its vibrant color stood out almost as much as the comforting taste it delivered.


We almost ended the meal there, which would have been a near tragedy. But to finish it all of, we chose the devil’s food cake, three layers with rich ganache made from Grass Valley Dorado chocolate and garnished with sour cherries and whipped cream. Our waitress mentioned (in a half joking tone) that the first time she tasted the Devil’s Food Cake, she nearly cried. It was just that good.

With great service and excellent food, I left feeling both satisfied and impressed. Even beyond that, however, the restaurant’s greatest selling point may be it’s commitment to buying local. It is truly great to find a place that lets the best of Northern California take center stage. With meat from Superior Farms (Dixon) and Diestel Family Farms (Sonora); seafood from Ports Seafood (San Francisco); produce from Greenleaf Produce (San Francisco); bread from the Acme Bread Company (Berkeley); and dairy from Clover Stornetta (Sonoma), Paul Martin’s is drastically upping the local ante.

Last night marked the official grand opening of Paul Martin’s American Bistro, and if the evening went anything like my preview lunch on Saturday, I’m sure it was a huge success!

See what others are saying about Paul Martin’s American Bistro:

The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Business Journal

Edible Sacramento

Tastes of Life


Vanilla Garlic

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  • Amy | Oct 31, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    You are becoming quite the foodie journalist and photographer! Nice pics too! I look forward to trying it out.