Taste has received praise from the regional press, New York Times and on foodie blogs. Taste was selected by the readers of the Amador Ledger-Dispatch as the Best Fine Dining restaurant in Amador County FIVE years in a row
Sacramento Magazine Editors select the "Mushroom Cigars" at Taste as the Best Appetizer in the Sacramento region
Open Table users spoke loud and clear when they rated Taste the over all best restaurant in the Sacramento/Central Valley region
The Wine Spectator says
With its urbane atmosphere and first-rate service, this sophisticated bistro provides a polished food-and-wine experience that would be right at home in a big city. Tracey Berkner runs the front of the house while husband Mark helms the kitchen. His menu achieves that rare balance between comfort and creativity; starters include "mushroom cigars", a savory concoction of crimini, shitake and porcini mushrooms and goat cheese wrapped in crisp phyllo. Seared duck breastcomes with sides such as prociutto-chestnut stuffing and pomegranate reduction, and Washington steelehead arrives with leeks , Nicoise olive and sundried tomato. The well focused 150-bottle wine listis mostly devoted to local producers but astute enough to include key players such as Beaucastel, Duckhorn and DuMol.
Mike Dunne's review of Taste (Sacramento Bee)
Via Magazine Fall 2011 says:
Quiet Plymouth seems an odd setting for a restaurant as sleek and citified as Taste, but that’s by design. Owner/chef Mark Berkner’s small bites are perfectly suited to cap off a day of winetasting. Start with the mushroom cigars wrapped in phyllo dough and just keep going. The menu changes with the seasons, but the lamb and seafood (such as scallops) always rate. See Below for a link to the entire article in Via Magazine.
Sacramento Magazine October 2007 says:
One pull on the big fork-shaped door handle of the restaurant’s century-old quarters and we were transported into a lovely ochre-colored dining room with wood-plank floors, golden light, and smiling faces on the staff and customers.
Taste is small and comforting, its food a cure for the blahs.
The New York Times says:
In one-horse Plymouth, a humble time-warp at the foot of the Shenandoah Valley, Taste (9402 Main Street, 209-245-3463; www.restauranttaste.com) is an utter surprise. To step off the gritty sidewalk into the simple frame buildings is to go through a looking glass and into the hoped-for future of Sierra Foothills dining. In the sleek space, ''small tastes'' like seared scallops with a tangy red pepper sauce ($12) and ''large tastes'' like tandoori-spiced rack of lamb with cucumber-mint salad ($29) may not push any culinary envelopes, but the execution is first-rate. After a day of touring the wine trail or tending the vineyards, patrons appreciate the extensive beer selection and the substantial wine list of Old World as well as local options.
About an hour east of Sacramento in the gold country you will find the town of Plymouth. Actually I'm not sure if it would qualify as a town, it's more like one street. But on that one street I found one of the best dining experiences that I've ever had. Restaurant Taste. This place is well worth the drive, plus Plymouth is right at the base of Amador wine country, so you could make a whole weekend out of it! I would suggest staying at the Shenandoah Inn which is right up the street from Taste.
Anyway, the food at Taste is top notch, do not miss the mushroom cigar appetizer which is incredible. The dinner specials change frequently to reflect whatever is in season and don't even think about skipping desert. The wine list is smart, and while it showcases local foothill wines, it also has an impressive collection of other domestics and international selections as well. The service is top notch. This place is in the middle of nowhere and still it packs in the crowds every night (for good reason). Make your reservations early.
Totally worth the trip. Totally.
Here is what Chowhounders have to say:
We had a really superb meal on Saturday at Taste, on Main St. in Plymouth -- so good, I'd compare it to some of San Francisco's best. The Amador wine country has always had a dearth of upscale places, so this helps fill a big need.
Here is a little bit of what they said on the voting page for the KCRA A-List:
"Mark and Tracey make you feel like you're one of the family...PLUS the food is great. I like the fact that one time I can get a big/great tasting streak and the next I can order three appetizers that make a full meal. "
"In terms of quality and innovativeness of food, professional service, and pleasant ambiance, Taste ranks with the best restaurants my wife and I have been to in the Bay Area. We obviously love it and apparently others do also since it was pretty well filled up on both our visits. "
"Just the best.. you need to try it for your self."
"Great food and super service"
"Great food, Bartender Tracy was great. Favorites, beet salad, gnocci and Filet! Enjoy the local winery's to complete the day!"