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Armando's Gallery House - A Redding Dining Experience Like No Other

By Dan Shepler | 07/24/2018 Art & Culture, Cultural District, Downtown, Downtown, Food and Drink, Redding Originals, Shows & Performances, Things to See and Do

The old adage of don't judge a book by its cover couldn't be more of a fit when it comes to Armando's Gallery House. If you are looking to add something to your list of Top 10 things to do in Redding, Armando’s is one of the most unique and flavorful dining experiences that I have ever had. It is a dining experience that you will never forget. With a gallery style interior and a menu that changes every week and has yet to be repeated. Its 5-star rating on Facebook with over 150 reviews should be proof enough about its quality of food, service, and atmosphere.

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to close, be sure to plan ahead if you are wanting to try it. Reservations are recommended. I decided to give it a shot one Thursday evening. Armando was there to greet me at the door and give me a tour. The bar in the basement has a speakeasy feel that really stood out. Elegantly decorated along with a casual seating layout it is a setting straight out of a Mad Men episode. They serve a great selection of wine and various bottled beers. 

After being seated, I was met with a refreshing salad full of fresh local greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and grapes. Followed by the delicious appetizer of pork tenderloin finished with a kiwi, orange, and basil puree and a balsamic accent on top. The main entrée that week was steak smothered in a mushroom gravy served with scallop potatoes mixed with gouda, cheddar and rosemary. To cap it all off, a vanilla cheesecake with a peach, apricot glaze and dark chocolate sauce. Just let your mouth water as you look at the photos.

As I indulged in each course, I savored the artistic brilliance of the food and decor. Armando told me that each dish, glass, and utensil has its own story and was hand selected for the restaurant. The fork with which I was shoveling the tenderloin into my mouth with, had a handle made of buffalo bone and was made during the early 20th century. This place has character. The creative style and culinary genius that Armando has poured into it is seen everywhere, and the attention to detail and excellent service is written on the face of everyone who walks out of their doors.

I can’t stress it enough, this is a dining experience worth treating yourself to. The menus are posted at the beginning of each week on their Facebook page. There are also several events throughout the month that are fun and unique. From dinner and a movie, to live music and a fashion show, there is always something entertaining to try. Be sure to check them out and see for yourself.

About the Author/photographer: Dan Shepler is a local creative with a passion for the outdoors and the area. His work has taken him all over the world to see some incredible things through the eye of a lens. When not working, you can find him on the water somewhere with a fly rod in hand. To learn more about Dan or to see some of his work, visit All photos belong to Dan Shepler in partnership with Visit Redding.

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