When we came across FIVE's supremely swanky setting, award-winning menu, and celebrated cocktail program, we knew it was the perfect place to toast to our Yelp Gold Elite members – those Yelpers who have been sporting an Elite badge for five years or more.
60 Elite members were treated to a special menu created exclusively for Elites by Chef Banks, and from the get-go "It was clear that Yelp and FIVE really wanted to pamper the Gold Elites," notes Augusto T. The endless array of small bites included bone marrow butter crostinis, crab fritters, succulent sushi-grade shirmp skewers, seared ahi tuna toasts with avocado sauce, fried plantains, and mountains of cheese, charcuterie, and crudités. Besides the generous spread of gourmet edibles, Leona M adds "The FIVE manager and executive chef greeting the crowd added the personal touch of service that puts a place over the top."
Of course, there were cocktails and wine to elevate the evening. "The Mai Tai made with Zacapa rum & roasted pineapple was the
best Mai Tai I have ever had," Jenn N professes. "Considering I am a Tiki Bar nut, that is
saying a lot." Pimm's No. 1 wooed Elites with their Pimm's Cup Refresher made with Tanqueray gin, Pimm's, lemon juice, ginger beer, fresh basil strawberries and cucumber. "I am still reliving the taste sensation of the Pimms cocktail in my mind," Celeste B confesses. Suzy S discovered she's "now a huge fan of a Pimm's Cup" thanks to this concoction, too.
For vino seekers, FIVE poured a crisp, unoaked Chardonnay from A by Acacia and a Pinot Noir from Once Upon A Vine, which "was quite good" according to Wendy N, making her "want to explore the Central Coast wine region further." Marck N's "drink of my evening was the Acacia Chardonnay. A bit sweet and very refreshing, with no oak flavor," he recalls.
"I know that one of the main purposes of Elite events is to introduce
some of the most vocal yelpers to new businesses and products," Linda M points out. "That
goal was achieved last night. FIVE was such a wonderful space. The
management and staff made us feel so welcome, and the small bites were
to die for. I will not hesitate to return here for a nice dinner with
my family or with friends."
Wendy N was similarly impressed, declaring "I'd walked by FIVE numerous times and am SO glad YELP gave me a good
reason to check it out properly. It's a beautiful restaurant with high
ceilings and tasteful decor. The quality of the food and drinks was
So, it's been decided: Five years of Yelp Eliteness deserves more than a high five…but a highfalutin' time at FIVE! Cheers to our generous hosts and to our seasoned Yelpers who made this event a real cause for celebration.
Cheers to keeping the Elite spirit alive for FIVE, and counting…!
Gold Badger & East Bay Community Manager