With its warm earth tones and unobtrusive service, Tri Valley Bistro brings a measure of old-fashioned romance to downtown Pleasanton. A lush arrangement of prosciutto, dried figs, and delicately crusted, warm goat cheese is an ideal starter to linger over with wine. Opulent black rice bathed in sherry cream becomes an inspired bed for succulent scallops. And a generous rack of lamb comes napped with a glistening pomegranate reduction—a refined counterpoint to mashed potatoes and veggies. It’s rare nowadays to encounter an upscale restaurant not hewing to the mantra of organic, seasonally driven, and sustainable, but Tri Valley Bistro makes up for it with tenderness—both in its lamb chops and the waitstaff’s smiles. Lunch and dinner daily.