Highly recommended it came, so we gave it a try and my “O-Piñon” on Piñon Grill is also a positive one. A beautiful façade matched with a luxurious interior, allow this classy, Southwest inspired restaurant to fit in with the neighboring, prestigious Boca Town Center Mall.  The exterior of the building displays a naturally sophisticated look, which continues as you enter through the oversized double doors.

Large bronze statues of Piñon trees protrude through the dining room, wooden leaf-shaped tables create a pattern of private booths for guests to dine at, and actual tree stumps are used to ornament the wall dividing the restaurant and bar.  Complimenting the earthy décor, are hip accents like the large clear displays of wine bottles illuminated with ocean blue lighting and modern sculptured art. The bar itself is magnificent, both in size and in view.

Pinon Grill Dining Area Pinon Grill Bar

The menu is full of comfort food so be sure to check your diets at the door. Handsome plating and generous main courses will make your mouth water upon being served. Between our party of six, we covered a good portion of the menu and of course, I sampled a bit of everything.  The “wow” factor definitely goes to the Baby Back Ribs- meaty, tender, and coated with a “tangtastic” barbeque sauce.

Crab Fritters Baby Back Ribs

Each meal comes with suggested sides that can easily be substituted, none of which you can go wrong with. Piñon’s shoestring fries are ridiculously addicting and the mac and cheese had a delightful creaminess with a kick. That being said, many of the dishes include a touch of heat so if you’re not a fan of spice, use caution when ordering.

New Orleans Pasta Skirt Steak 

And if you can save room for dessert, there are a few fun options such as the chocolate waffle and the white chocolate bread pudding to sweetly seal the deal with.

Chocolate Waffle

“You get what you pay for” certainly holds true at Piñon. I do not typically dissect prices, but to be fair about the cost of the food, here are my two cents (pun intended). There is one menu for lunch and dinner, which can have its up and down sides. It is nice to have more to choose from during both times of the day however, since the average entrée runs around $25, the cost may seem steep for lunch, yet reasonable for dinner. However, the sandwiches, salads, and appetizers (which include items suitable for a main meal) are around the $14 mark, making Piñon a more viable option for lunch or dinner. Considering the fare, the service and the overall experience, a great value is provided.

Our midweek lunch at Piñon Grill was wonderful and I look forward to returning soon to experience the brunch portion of the menu with our soon to arrive out of town guests. Word is that the crowd and noise level are more vibrant during the dinner and weekend hours so we will be sure to make a reservation, as they are happily accepted.

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