September 12, 2007
Bistro 33 Heads for the Hills

EK RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE.JPGMatt & Fred Haines, in front of another of their restaurants, Riverside Clubhouse.
Sacramento Bee file/Erhardt Krause

Officially, Bistro 33 El Dorado Hills won't open until Sept. 24, but anyone in the neighborhood Saturday night can get a preview. The restaurant will be the fifth by Sacramento brothers Matt and Fred Haines since the debut of their 33rd Street Bistro in east Sacramento nearly 12 years ago.

About 60 percent of the menu at the new place will replicate the contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine that the brothers introduced at 33rd Street Bistro, with the balance to be new dishes that nonetheless also represent the overall "casual fun food with spunk" style that the brothers strive to provide guests, says Fred Haines, executive chef for the group. Specific dishes on the opening menu are to include Guinness-braised short ribs, Wagyu-beef carpaccio, king-crab risotto, and buffalo Bolognese. Lisa Marie Murtagh is the chef de cuisine, Fidel Lopez the sous chef.

Sacramento designer Bruce Benning, responsible for the brothers Riverside Clubhouse and Bistro 33 Midtown, has come up with a "completely different" setting for the new place, says Matt Haines. It includes a river-rock bar, a two-story dome, and a birch-tree motif.

Bistro 33 El Dorado Hills is at 4364 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills Town Center. As of Sept. 24, the restaurant is to be open for lunch weekdays, dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., continuing to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; the phone number is (916) 358-3733.

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