Amidst the college town restaurants and bars near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Lounge & Grill is a sparkling diamond in the rough serving eclectic American comfort food aka “Modern Day Supper Club”. Robert Marshall, Bryan Gonzales, and David George came up with this unique concept and opened the doors in 2007. “Glamorous, relaxed atmosphere with a swanky flair” would be the words to describe this place. When you enter the front doors, you can almost feel the “red carpet” treatment. The dark hallway makes you feel like you’ve entered a “private club” with the “secret password”. As you round the corner into the lounge & dining area, the space magically opens up with a sense of relaxation – oversized booths, comfy couches, low lounge seating and a glowing back bar. Even if you are dining, you can help but be mesmerized by the glowing colors transitioning from every color in the spectrum. The service is top-notch, friendly, attentive yet non-obtrusive (almost stealth-like). They make you feel like a celebrity. The ambiance music is well-selected and makes you want to dance in your seat while you eat.
Let’s talk food! Prime Dip Sliders are shaved prime rib with havarti cheese on toasted sourdough rolls with horseradish aioli and barbecue jus for dipping. The prime rib is super-tender and melts in your mouth. The barbecue jus is bold and full of flavor. The horseradish aioli has just right amount of heat vs. creaminess and has a good flavor. Both sauces complement the sliders perfectly. Thumbs up!
The Ahi Tuna Tower is sushi-grade ahi tossed with diced cucumber and sesame dressing layered with avocado and crispy wonton skins. This is absolutely fabulous! The ahi is so fresh and melts in your mouth. The subtle combination of ahi and avocado is outrageous – luxurious, creamy, and just plain sexy! The wonton skins make excellent serving vessels. The crunch adds a nice texture to the dish. The sprouts add a slight bitter yet spicy bite! The sauces from the sweet soy to the wasabi to the chili sauce give you different experiences. Have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment with this one! Thumbs up!
The Monte Cristo is black forest ham, roasted turkey and Swiss cheese on sourdough, battered, and fried, dusted with powdered sugar, served with strawberry preserves and tater tots. This is the best Monte I have ever had. It wasn’t too greasy and had the right amount of meats & cheese on the inside. This all-in-one calms both your sweet & salty cravings simultaneously. Love those tater tots! Brings you back to school lunch days, no French fries, but we had Tater Tots! The tots are crispy and just fun to eat. Warning: you will probably need a doggie bag for this one. It’s huge! Thumbs up!
On Tuesdays, Commonwealth Lounge & Grill has a $10 Garlic and Parmesan Crusted Prime Rib special served with mashed potatoes and honey-glazed baby carrots. You just can’t beat the price. We’re talking Las Vegas prices! It’s a healthy 8oz cut and together with the potatoes and carrots make a great meal. The crust is super-flavorful and au jus is made with tender-loving care. Thumbs up!
Did you save room for dessert? The Cookie Monster is a house-made chocolate chip cookie served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and Ghirardelli chocolate. The first word that pops into your head will be “WOW!” The cookie is soft baked and gooey with chocolate. If you linger too long, the ice cream melts and becomes a creamy vanilla sauce that takes the cookie to a whole new level. It’s the fad dessert now and they have the best ever (Sorry BJ’s and Black Angus). Move over Red Velvet Cake, there’s a new sheriff in town! There’s just something about this cookie that reminds me of coming home after school when my mom would make Toll House cookie bars. It has a scent and flavor reminiscent of home. You’ll have to try it and you’ll see what I mean. The presentation is rustic from the cast-iron skillet to the wooden plank used as a table coaster. Thumbs up!
If you’re looking for a place to relax, have a drink, and eat some wonderful food, head on over to Commonwealth Lounge & Grill. They’ll make you feel like a star, even if it is for just one night.
Upcoming Event: Ommegang Brewery 5-Course Beer Dinner on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 7pm-9pm. Follow this link for more event details: http://fullerton.commonwealthlounge.com/calendar/new-promotion/
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Commonwealth Lounge & Grill
112 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832-1909