The Smith Flat House, 3 miles from downtown Placerville, CA, is one of the best restaurants we recommend to our Placerville B&B guests. Their locally sourced food, Italian with a Mediterranean spin, is truly excellent. We can’t even pick out some dishes as our favorites, because all their dishes are delicious! On top of that, the history and ambiance of this top Placerville restaurant makes this is a unique, one-of-a-kind dining experience.
First, let’s tell you about this excellent restaurant’s food. The Smith Flat House has fantastic entrees, pasta dishes, and salads, and a great variety of brick oven pizzas. Every week the chef prepares a game special and a sustainable seafood special. The dishes are so good because the ingredients are local and seasonal. The owners, John and Catherine Conforti and Jason Spencer, support local food artisans with the “farm to fork” model that is so popular in the region now.
They always choose the freshest and highest quality ingredients to make their delicious dishes. They get produce from local, organic farms, and they use local cheeses, honey, and olive oils. Our fantastic El Dorado County wines are the only ones they pour, and they serve beers from nearby breweries. Each month they have a wine-maker and beer-maker dinner – ask us what highlights they will have at the time of your visit to Eden Vale Inn B&B.
What’s coming up on the menu? Autumn food choices will feature apple, pear, roasted and mashed root vegetables including turnip, parsnip, and carrots. There will be lots of mushrooms and other fall crops on the menu, as well as their fabulous roasted beet salad.
Now, here is a fascinating story – what makes this Placerville, CA restaurant even better is the Smith Flat House’s incredible history. The original building was built by gold miners in the 1830s! The Confortis took apart the original building, board by board. They saved and re-used the old windows, siding, and doors. They got creative with the material – some siding became counters! They also kept the old barn that is a lovely backdrop to the open-air Courtyard, one of their great dining locations for lunch or dinner.
Inside the restaurant are two dining rooms. The larger one, the Cellar, is a unique historic venue because it has the original gold rush bar that miners used. Yes, you will be enjoying delicious dining at the entrance to the gold mine! You might see its entrance from your seat – safely blocked off, of course! This fabulous restaurant was once a gold mine, on top of an ancient river bed, where water still flows.
The Powder Room is the other dining room. It has granite stone walls, where back in the day, explosives were stored for the gold mining operations. Now, you’ll experience an explosion of fantastic flavors in a unique setting. We don’t know of any other place that has such a one-of-a-kind dining room.
So whether you enjoy lunch or dinner, on the dog-friendly outdoor Courtyard or inside the historic dining rooms, make this Placerville, CA restaurant one of your dining choices. Ask us about their monthly wine-maker and beer-maker dinners, and their special musical performances. Tell them Eden Vale Inn, your romantic Placerville, CA bed and breakfast, sent you!