I went to Ponti for Valentine's Day a year ago and I was delighted. Our waiter was funny and charming, and all the courses excellent. Endorphins accounted for, the meal was exquisite.
This weekend, I returned for the 25 for $25 March promotion. The physical offerings varied slightly from the online menu, but were still a nice selection. I had the oyster tamale, which was better than I expected. Everyone in my large party seemed at least satisfied if not pleased with their appetizer. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. After trying the halibut enchilada, my friend remarked, "Wow. That tastes like enchilada... but without the red sauce." Although my dish came out looking and tasting nearly picture perfect, the other two diners who ordered pork tenderloin were less than enthused. Their cuts were much smaller, less fresh and way overcooked; one friend's likening it to a microwaved meat appeared dead-on. The desserts were also met with mixed response. With more than two people disappointed with their meal, it's hard to give a blanket recommendation. At least I can say I've always enjoyed my dinner at Ponti.
Not all seats are created equal, so if you're hankering for a view, you should mention it when making the reservation. The dining area to the left, near the bar, is also darker if mood is part of your objective.
Parking, I believe, is all valet--unless you park a block or two away and make the short walk over.