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Susan’s Place (Wine Bar and Eatery) – Restaurant Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 28•11

Atmosphere:  The tangled garden is hidden through an arch way adorned with the sign “Susan’s Place wine bar and eatery”.  As you adventure along the entryway path you see trellises with wining wisteria and floating umbrellas to shade you.  You settle into a simple seating of plastic picnic tables and chairs or an occasional wood bench.  Relax and take a deep breath as you smell the fresh air and hear the gentle bubbles of water fountains that surround you in this graceful garden.  Glass of wine anyone?

Neighborhood:   Sutter Creek, CA.

   Susan’s is located a block off Main St. in “old town” Sutter Creek.  Sutter Creek was originally known as “Jewel of the Mother Lode” and was a home to fortune hunters from all around.  The town was named after John Sutter who traveled there from Sacramento looking for timber in 1846.  What they didn’t expect is that there was gold in those hills!!!  Not only did they find placer gold in Sutter but in 1851 they found gold bearing quartz.  As you can imagine Sutter Creek became a booming town.

  Today the mines are closed and Sutter Creek is a quiet little tourist town in Amador wine country.  Many of the old buildings are still standing and Sutter is a registered historical landmark of California.  There is plenty of sightseeing and historical tours to take when you’re out this way and of course there is wine tasting!  Susan has an obvious love of her home town and even includes a link on the website for things to do in Sutter.  This is one of the most adorable old towns you’ll ever see and well worth the drive.  Have lunch at Susan’s then take a drive to one of the many local attractions.

Price range:  $$ ($10- $25)

Dress code: Casual

Cuisine:  Mediterranean/California cuisine

Editorial profile:  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better atmosphere than the outdoor patio at Susan’s Place.  This garden courtyard is right out of the fairy tale books and yes there are even doves!  As beautiful as Susan’s is what keeps me coming back time and time again is the food.  As you relax and take a look at the menu you will see Susan’s creative takes on Mediterranean classics.  One of my favorites is the Greek pot roast, you have never tasted pot roast like this!  The beef is cooked in zinfandel wine, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and garlic.  It’s a surprisingly comforting meal that warms your soul.  This restaurant is right up “Foodie” ally providing smaller sized dishes that are crisp and elegant.  One of the especially neat things about Susan’s menu is that many of the dishes come with the sauce of your choosing and either rice or polenta.  The sauces are all house recipes and truly are delicious.  The style of Susan’s dishes are a little more on the mild side.  You will not find a lot of spice or strong flavors, instead you will taste the fresh vegetables and the complex yet light seasonings.  This is not to say the food is bland this, is what I would quit simply call, tasteful. 

  Now we can’t forget to mention the Susan’s is a wine bar and as such has an extensive wine list.  Every wine they carry has been tasted by Susan herself (by the way she is usually around so make sure to say hi).  If you are unsure of what wine is for you then go for the flight.  The flights have three different wines and are almost half a glass each, bon appétit!  If you’re in the mood for a game then order up a flight for you and your dinning partner and allow your waitress to choose.  The glasses will be numbered 1-3 and each of you will be handed an answer key for the others wines. Now try and guess, no peaking!  Before you leave you must take a gander through the desert menu.  They are decadent and are paired perfectly with a glass of port for and fantastic end to your meal.  Susan’s Place is my little black dress for food, tasteful and beautiful.

Special features:  Gorgeous outdoor seating, blind flights, location is great for sightseeing.


Recommended dishes:  Meatballs with mushroom, Mediterranean sauce and you HAVE to have the polenta.

Alcohol: Wine, wine, and more wine.

Corkage fee: N/A

Reservations:   Highly recommended

Insider tips:  After lunch take a tour of the Sutter gold mine right down the road. 

Payment methods accepted:  Major credit cards and cash.  *Susan would love for you to use cash to help her through the hard economic times!

Hours:  Thu-Sun 11:30 am – 8 pm

Address:  15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, CA. 95682

Parking: Small lots across the alley or street parking.


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Phone number: 209-267-0945

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One Comment

  1. I never taste the wine first in restaurants, I just ask the waiter to pour.

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