Situated inside a winery in an industrial park in Oxnard, five-year old Tierra Sur Restaurant is a bit ‘under the radar’ in the dining world. But with a recent review and score from Zagat Survey, the world’s most trusted source for consumer-generated dining survey information, Tierra Sur hopes to change that.
The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that lies within Ventura County’s largest working winery, Herzog Wine Cellars, is no stranger to rave reviews and press attention. Recently though, what is also known as the “burgundy bible” reaffirmed this with an amazingly high score for the dining spot that also happens to be kosher:
With a top score of 30 for each category, which is seldom if ever given, “Zagat’s rating is a tremendous feather in our hat,” says Executive Chef Todd Aarons. The cumulative score given to Tierra Sur makes it the highest-rated restaurant within Ventura County.
Herzog Wine Cellars and Tierra Sur restaurant opened in July of 2005. The Herzog family’s winemaking history dates back for generations, but the Oxnard facility was the first venture which offered a public tasting room and restaurant. Chef Aarons helped create the vision for Tierra Sur, pulling from his background at such restaurants as Zuni Café in San Francisco and Savoy in Manhattan. Originally from southern California, Aarons returned here to create a restaurant that is driven by farm fresh, local ingredients. The name, Tierra Sur, celebrates this, along with the fact that it lies at the gateway to the Central Coast wine region. Chef Aarons works with several local farmers to ensure the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Many menu items are also cooked outdoors over a wood-fired grill, giving his cuisine a rustic quality representative of his cooking philosophy. Diners may enjoy a wine tasting of the Herzog’s many labels at the tasting bar before or after dining. The marriage of food and wine created at Tierra Sur is unlike any other place in the county.