Vert is one of my favorite restaurants, much better in my mind than places like Mastro's or Spago. Vert is no longer on the Wolfgang Puck restaurant list on his website, so I suppose he sold the place. Anyway, it's a shame that this classy restaurant with a fantastic view and terrific ambiance is in the middle of a mall which sends the wrong message. People would be flocking to this place if it was on a trendy street. There is nothing better than having dinner at Vert after a day at the mall, it's like a reward. The place is good enough to go to even if you're not shopping. The only thing is that in the evening it's a little too dark in the dining room. The service is always impeccable. I have never experienced a problem with seating, a rude host or a bad server, even when I go there laden with shopping bags. I have gone there with a large party or just two people and the service is prompt and professional. The food is fantastic from the huge steak for two, to the lamb to the salmon, which I love. It's excellent and uncomplicated unlike Spago. I think it's what Spago would be if they didn't do all the culinary experimenting. It tends to be French inspired with a mix of American as well. There is even a kid's menu with gourmet hamburgers and fries. The desserts are fantastic as well, with the tiramisu being my favorite. The portion for dessert is a bit small. There are a variety of starters from salads to the crab cake, to French onion soup which was not very good. The bread basket has a nice variety of Italian breadsticks and bread with marinara sauce, delicious. It is served with the Feta cheese topped with olive paste, which is one of the best things about the place. It's a great value for money with the average entree at less than $30. Overall it's chic and classy, and if you don't look out the window toward the ground floor you will easily forget that you are in a mall.
Pros: Chic upscale look, Fantastic Food, Professional Service, not crowded
Cons: in the mall, small portions of desserts