Dining at this compact eatery occupying the eastern-most suite of the historic Wagon Wheel building in the Melrose District feels like a visit to Biosphere II: Loads of plants and greenery mingle with natural wood and light, creating an earthy experience unlike any other in the Valley. Recently, the restaurant underwent a merger with its next door neighbor The Montecito Wine Shop to become one concept, Progress Restaurant and Wine. The constantly changing, seasonally driven, five-course tasting menu is still available, with dishes like soy-cured watermelon, scallop crudo, skin-on pork belly rillon, tagliatelle ragu, short rib bourguignon, and rabbit ballotine. But since the restaurant reopened, options are now served individually. So if you just feel like swinging by, grabbing a bottle of wine from next door, and enjoying it over a plate of steak tartare, that's perfectly fine.
- Price: $$$
- Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5-11 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Reservations: Recommended
- Call restaurant to order/pay