bistro damontei was built as a private residence in 1929 by American architect William Merrell Vories. Today our restaurant is valued as one of the only extant examples of Vories architecture where guests can come in for a leisurely meal, enjoying the humanism of Vories' style. As Vories himself said, "The character of a building is like the character of a person: the important thing is not outward appearance, but what is on the inside." (translated from Japanese - the original quote is probably slightly different.)
california cuisine is driven by local ingredients. At bistro Damontei, we use fresh herbs from our own garden, vegetables grown by local farmers, and fish procured directly from the market at Obama on the Japan Sea. Our meals are prepared especially for guests by reservation only. Our cooking style is simple, allowing guests to enjoy the pristine quality of fresh ingredients. Of course no artificial ingredients are ever used. Naturally leavened bread, fresh pasta and desserts are all made in house daily.
bistro damontei welcomes guests by reservation only. We regret that as a rule, we are unable to accommodate walk-in guests. We recommend that you make reservations as early as possible. We kindly ask guests to refrain from cancelling reservations after they have been confirmed. Your meal will be served when all members of your party are seated.
For the enjoyment of every guest, all of the rooms and grounds of bistro Damontei are strictly non-smoking. Please also refrain from wearing strong perfume. We appreciate your cooperation.
We welcome children of any age. For children's rates, please see the menu page.
We welcome guests with special needs. Unfortunately our facilities are not completely barrier-free, but we will make every effort to accommodate all guests. Please tell us about any special requirements when you call for a reservation.
We are happy to make special arrangements for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Please let us know how we can create a unique memory for you.
We welcome vegan and vegetarian guests and those with dietary restrictions. Please let us know how we may serve you when you call for a reservation.