Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have You Made Your Valentine's Day Dinner Reservations Yet?

Mankas Steakhouse will be celebrating Valentine's Day February 12th - 14th with excellent food and drink specials! 

Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away...make your reservation now! It's easy..Just click HERE! 

MANKAS Steakhouse
"Solano's Premier Fine Dining" 
2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Don't Miss Our Mardi Gras Ladies Night on February 9th!

Join Mankas Steakhouse for a special Mardi Gras Ladies Night on Feburary 9th! 

Enjoy great food and drink specials along with live music

For more information please visit our website at
See you there!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ordering Wine Like A Pro: How To Choose A Wine At A Restaurant

You're going to one of the finest restaurants in the city with a very valuable potential customer and your department head and you're tasked with choosing a bottle of wine for dinner. The potential client is a very big wine enthusiast and your decision can make or break the deal. What do you do? Do you feel panicky? Shortness of breath? Racing thoughts: What if your client hates the wine? How do you pull this off? First, calm down, take a deep breath, and relax. You're a professional, you'll get through this. Choosing wine in a restaurant is not very difficult at all once you know what to look for.

Call Ahead

If you're aware of what restaurant you're going to, check their website for the wine list. If not, call and request one be faxed or emailed to you. This way, you know what you're getting into before you enter the restaurant. You can even call the sommelier and have a conversation about your price point and what kind of wine you're looking for. Once you get to the restaurant, your guests will be impressed by your impressive ability to order wine with ease. If you really want to score with your guests, you can have the wine bottle ready on the table when you get there.

If there isn't time to have the casual chat with the sommelier beforehand, arrive at the restaurant 15-30 minutes early. You'll have the opportunity to converse with the sommelier before your guests arrive. You can also order a bottle or two of sangiovese or pinot grigio as an aperitif for the table.

Talking to the sommelier is critically important in ordering wine at the restaurant. If you take nothing else away from this guide, keep with you: talk to the sommelier.

Ordering at the table

A restaurant wine menu can be quite overwhelming for new wine drinkers. Your eyes may glaze over at first glance. You'll first want to examine how the wine list is organized. Some restaurants separate wines into whites, reds, and dessert wines, while others are arranged by region such as Napa Valley or Burgundy. Local wineries are also included in some wine lists.

Now that you have a basic understanding for how the wine list is organized, did you see the name of a wine you've enjoyed in the past? Keep that wine in the forefront of your mind as you may need to recall it later. Request a sommelier. While waiting for the sommelier to arrive, ask your dinner companions if they prefer red or white wine. Take this information into account when speaking with the sommelier. Give the sommelier very clear directions but empower him or her to find the finest wines that will work for your table within your price range. Communicate cost using your knife, tell the sommelier: "we'll have two bottles of unoaked California chardonnay, in this sort of range (using your knife to point to the price.)" Your sommelier will appreciate your trust.

When the wine arrives

When the sommelier returns with your bottle of wine, check for any signs of decay, mold stained labels or corks, and dirt. If the wine bottle displays signs of improper storage, send the wine back for a different bottle. Your guests will appreciate your cautious nature and attention to detail. If the wine meets your approval, let your waiter or sommelier know to open the bottle of wine.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Mankas Steakhouse's Banquet Offerings


Mankas Steakhouse is a historic site which has been beautifully restored for memorable events:

  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Private Gardens:

  • 25 - 150 People

Off-Site Venues:

Vezer Estates - Surrounded by rolling hills, one of the most stunning views in the valley.
  • 25 - 200 People

Blue Victorian - Step back 100 years in this elegantly restored Victorian home and barn, now Winery with Spectacular Barrel Room and Outdoor Tented area.
  • 25 - 200 People

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's Ladies Night TONIGHT at Mankas Steakhouse!

Join Mankas Steakhouse every Tuesday for Ladies Night! Enjoy great food and drink specials along with LIVE music from the Beer Brothers!!
For more information please visit our website at
See you there!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mankas Steakhouse is an Active Member of the Suisun Valley AVA

The Suisun Valley AVA, is an American Viticultural Area in Solano County, California, at the southern end of the Coast Range bordering the Napa Valley region. It was established as a wine appellation of origin on December 27, 1982. 

Suisun Valley lies within the southern end of the Coast Range, between the Vaca Mountains and the Mt. George Range to the west, and ends at Suisun Bay to the south while to the north it starts at the Napa County line. It is approximately 3 miles (5 km) by 8 miles (13 km). It contains about 15,000 acres (61 km2 of which approximately 2,200 acres (9 km2) are planted with grapes. 

Mankas Steakhouse is an active member of the Suisun Valley AVA. We shop weekly at the local Farmer's Markets to purchase and serve the freshest, local produce to our customers in our restaurant. Much of this produce is also organically grown. 

We pour wines that have been rated some of the best in the region; including a wide selection from the Vezer Family Vineyard.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet Mankas Steakhouse's Chef Peter

He has worked in some of San Francisco and Napa's greatest culinary icons such as Gary Dankos, Dean & Deluca's, The Brix in Yountville and NV in Downtown Napa.

Chef Peter has taken his Eastern European roots, combined with the wine country traditions of his home town, Napa, and has fused them together to explode off of the Mankas Steakhouse Menu. Chef Peter is all about locally grown produce and flavor infusions of the Suisun Valley, mixed with a true Californian carnivore's deepest desires.

For more information about Mankas Steakhouse, please visit

Sunday, January 10, 2016

About The "Body" of Wine

Check, Please! Bay Area host Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine expertise about the "Body" of Wine.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

What It Takes to Have the Best Fine Dining Experience?

Are you someone who's expecting a special occasion soon? Perhaps a wedding anniversary or it's the birthday of a special someone? Well nothing makes a perfect evening than sharing a wonderful dining experience with the people that matters to you. But for it to be a wonderful night of dining, having good food is not enough. Of course there is the need for atmosphere, the mood, the music, the excellent service and many more. Simply put, to have a truly wonderful dining experience, it has to be a fine dining experience. But not just any other dining experience, it has to be a real fine dining experience. But what exactly is it?

By definition, fine dining refers to the service and cuisine provided by dining establishments where everything is of the highest quality. That includes the food, drinks, services and both the atmosphere and setting are of the formal variety. In other words, everything feels and looks expensive and leisurely. In an establishment that offers this kind of experience, there are almost always a set of proper decorum where all of the guests are expected to follow. The staff of the establishment are highly trained and you will see that they dress formally as well. The meal courses that are offered in a fine dining restaurant are usually dedicated and somehow limited. Food portions are a lot smaller but they are garnished to the point of perfection.

It is a given that fine dining restaurants should offer foods that are not only visually pleasing but they should also taste amazing as well. In other words, the quality should be top notch. In most cases, mediocre service can be compensated if the foods that are served are excellent. But a fine dining establishment should always be exquisite and perfect, so everything should be of the highest level. No aspect of the dining experience should be mediocre or substandard. And since dining is meant to be a social experience, a restaurant should set up the dining area and atmosphere where it encourages conversation. This means that the table arrangement should not be too close to each other or the staff should not interrupt you every now and then.

For the perfect night, choose the best fine dining experience that's available to you. Just keep in mind the various criteria that were mentioned above and match it with your own personal preference. If you live in a major city, chances are there will be many options that are available so choosing the best one can be quite tricky. The best action to take is to conduct your research regarding all the fine dining restaurants in your area beforehand. That's right, if the occasion is indeed special, it won't hurt if you put a little more effort to it right?

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Language of Wine: What is Oakiness?

Check, Please! Bay Area host Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine expertise about the language of Wine - What is oakiness?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-C.S. Lewis

May the New Year Bring Joy, Peace and Happiness to You and Your Entire Family!