I am new to the Contra Costa Lawyer Editorial Board and volunteered to do a review of Élevé, a Vietnamese restaurant located at 1677 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek, at the intersection of Civic and North Main.
It was suggested that I go for Happy Hour. I soon found out that while Élevé may be known for their hand-crafted cocktails, they are NOT known for their Happy Hour.
It may be one of the best kept secrets in town, since when I went there (admittedly on a Wednesday, but it had been a trying week), we were the only ones in the entire restaurant. I am told that there are more patrons on Thursday and Friday evenings.
They have several interesting cocktails on the Happy Hour menu—all for $6. (Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m.) They also have several appetizers and small plates available at the bar. The tempura onion rings were really good, light and crispy, and not at all greasy. I had the margarita, made with just tequila, lime and agave nectar on the rocks. It was the best margarita I have had in a long time.
The real reason to go to Élevé is for the bartender (and co-owner), Cuong Du. He is very knowledgeable about his cocktails and is in the process of barrel-aging a new version of a Negroni cocktail, so I told him I would be back in 30 days for a sample.
If you are planning a party, Élevé has a large room upstairs that can accommodate up to 65 people for a seated meal and 110 guests for a cocktail party with food stations or passed items.
Suzanne Boucher is a certified family law specialist. Her practice, located in Walnut Creek, focuses on complex property, support and custody issues in dissolution proceedings.