Fine dining in a calming atmosphere featuring high quality entrees and desserts with tasteful presentations.

Painted Pony –

St. George, UT – New American – $$$ – Fine Dining
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterFeb 13, 2018

Overall 4.4

4.4

Food

4.8

Service

4.4

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Nestled in Ancestor Square off St. George Boulevard, this chic restaurant boasts an upscale menu and is constantly ranked as one of Southern Utah’s top restaurants, but how does it compare to the food scene up north?

Value

High-quality ingredients bring up the prices of the dishes but the experience and knowledge of the chefs is apparent and brings value to the food.

3 most popular dishes

Phyllo baked brie, bacon-wrapped duck, and grilled tenderloin steak.

What I ordered

Phyllo baked brie, bacon-wrapped duck, grilled tenderloin steak, and the cheesecake tower for dessert.

Food quality

The quality is apparent in the freshness of the dishes, the presentation, and the elements. For instance, they told us that they fly in their Ahi tuna fresh, twice a week from Hawaii. No expense is spared. Here are the details on what we had:

Phyllo baked brie
The brie was perfectly mild, and paired fantastically with the garlic, grilled crostini, and berry compote. It’s not you’re typical combination but full of creative flavor!

Bacon-wrapped duck
The duck was moist but a little chewier than expected. The bacon was cooked nicely and the fat seemed to melt in your mouth. The celery puree was light and mellowed out the sweetness of the cider reduction. It also had a hint of a smokey flavor.

Grilled tenderloin steak
All the elements of this dish gave it an earthy feel. There weren’t any overpowering spices but the dish was satiating and hearty. The steak was fresh and tender, although I have had more tender preparations.

Cheesecake tower
This dish featured homemade graham wafers that had the consistency of rice crackers with a Honey Maid brand taste. That was actually my favorite part! The fresh berries, sauce, and mint also parred well and helped to distract the pallet from the richness of the dish.  Personally, I think they used too much cream cheese in the name of “presentation.”

Ambiance

Moody and relaxed. We felt anything over a whisper was too loud. The waitress was knowledgeable and helpful with the menu.

What I liked most

The phyllo baked brie was very good and contained all the elements required for a well-rounded appetizer. The service was also top notch!

What I disliked most

The duck and steak were not as tender as expected.

The verdict

With limited choices in Southern Utah, Painted Pony is a good option for a fancy dinner. The food is also comparable to upscale restaurants in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Park City.

 

Overall 4.4

4.4

Food

4.8

Service

4.4

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Nestled in Ancestor Square off St. George Boulevard, this chic restaurant boasts an upscale menu and is constantly ranked as one of Southern Utah’s top restaurants, but how does it compare to the food scene up north?

Value

High-quality ingredients bring up the prices of the dishes but the experience and knowledge of the chefs is apparent and brings value to the food.

3 most popular dishes

Phyllo baked brie, bacon-wrapped duck, and grilled tenderloin steak.

What I ordered

Phyllo baked brie, bacon-wrapped duck, grilled tenderloin steak, and the cheesecake tower for dessert.

Food quality

The quality is apparent in the freshness of the dishes, the presentation, and the elements. For instance, they told us that they fly in their Ahi tuna fresh, twice a week from Hawaii. No expense is spared. Here are the details on what we had:

Phyllo baked brie
The brie was perfectly mild, and paired fantastically with the garlic, grilled crostini, and berry compote. It’s not you’re typical combination but full of creative flavor!

Bacon-wrapped duck
The duck was moist but a little chewier than expected. The bacon was cooked nicely and the fat seemed to melt in your mouth. The celery puree was light and mellowed out the sweetness of the cider reduction. It also had a hint of a smokey flavor.

Grilled tenderloin steak
All the elements of this dish gave it an earthy feel. There weren’t any overpowering spices but the dish was satiating and hearty. The steak was fresh and tender, although I have had more tender preparations.

Cheesecake tower
This dish featured homemade graham wafers that had the consistency of rice crackers with a Honey Maid brand taste. That was actually my favorite part! The fresh berries, sauce, and mint also parred well and helped to distract the pallet from the richness of the dish.  Personally, I think they used too much cream cheese in the name of “presentation.”

Ambiance

Moody and relaxed. We felt anything over a whisper was too loud. The waitress was knowledgeable and helpful with the menu.

What I liked most

The phyllo baked brie was very good and contained all the elements required for a well-rounded appetizer. The service was also top notch!

What I disliked most

The duck and steak were not as tender as expected.

The verdict

With limited choices in Southern Utah, Painted Pony is a good option for a fancy dinner. The food is also comparable to upscale restaurants in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Park City.

 

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