Prime Rib Shepherd’s Pie is upscale comfort food at Angelica’s in Redwood City

07 Feb
The Prime Rib Shepherd's Pie at Angelica's in Redwood City.

The Prime Rib Shepherd’s Pie at Angelica’s in Redwood City.

I have been on a serious seafood kick lately, so I thought I would switch things up and go a little heartier. The last half of this week has been pretty chilly with the rain coming in, so some good, warm comfort food is in order. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to Angelica’s in Redwood City and saw the menu included a shepherd’s pie, a meat pie made with a crust of mashed potatoes.

Dish of Choice

I chose the Prime Rib Shepherd’s Pie, which included slices of prime rib, peas, baby carrots, pearl onions and fresh thyme, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes and a blue cheese garnish. Along with two cranberry and vodka cocktails, my bill came out to about $38 with tax.

The Taste

This dish delivered good comfort food with a fine dining twist. The prime rib was succulent, and the vegetables tasted fresh and tender, without being overcooked or mushy. The potatoes were thick and smooth, with a nice toasting on the top and edges. The blue cheese was baked into the potatoes and created a strong flavor and heartiness. The two pieces of crostini placed on top of the shepherd’s pie made for a quirky presentation and added a nice crunch to the meal.

The Ambiance

Angelica’s has a higher-end vibe without feeling stuffy. The main dining room had dark mahogany furniture and trimming, chandeliers and original musical artwork on the walls. The dining area also had a decent-sized stage area for live entertainment. My dad’s band, Papa’s Bag: A James Brown Experience, performed at Angelica’s Thursday evening and had the room rocking. Angelica’s seems like a great place for dinner and dancing at the end of a hard work week. The prices are a bit higher than casual dining, but the restaurant delivers on the quality.

Other Details

Angelica’s is located at 863 Main St. in downtown Redwood City. The restaurant has a brunch and happy hour menu during the week and on weekends. For more information, call (650) 679-8184 or visit

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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in brunch, comfort food, happy hour


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