Yesterday we had lunch at Baltazar’s, the new(ish) Mexican seafood fine dining restaurant, located on the west side. It was excellent! I’d only been hearing good things about the place, with the only caveat being "it’s expensive."
The restaurant itself is very spacious and clean. Warm wood and latté colors, some marine-themed artwork, and an open architecture are all very inviting. The location on the west side is decent, too, though they could really use more parking.
We only saw the lunch menu, but there were twenty-something items on it, ranging in price from $10 to $15. Plenty of seafood, also the usual other meats and a vegetarian dish or three. I had the lobster enchilada ($11) which was very good. My wife had a chicken mole dish with some very sweet and chocolaty mole sauce (not spicy like La Rosa’s).
Service was good, but a little "laid back," as my wife said. It wasn’t slow, really, but they didn’t seem hurried, and the only time we really had to wait was for them to pick up the bill.
Overall, excellent. And they’re easy to find, too: the corner of 14th/Century Drive and Knoll Avenue, next to the old John Dough’s location (whatever happened to John Dough’s, anyway?).
1465 SW Knoll Ave.
Bend, OR 97702