In August 2012, a new restaurant opened its doors in an attempt to offer fine dining with a downtown Bakersfield flair. The Mark, located at 1623 19th Street, offers its diners a unique experience with a sophisticated ambience for both lunch and dinner.
A good restaurant is nothing without its food and beverage menu and The Mark doesn’t disappoint. With daily lunch specials to steak and lobster for dinner the chefs are hard at work to please any appetite. Appetizers include calamari ($8.95) served with spicy dipping sauces, duck rolls ($11.95), and baked goat cheese marinara ($10.95), one of the restaurant’s top sellers. In addition to soups and salads are the entrees including the ever popular New York steak ($29.95), grilled chicken fettuccini ($13.95) and maple sage fried chicken ($17.95).
For those wondering if the atmosphere requires a refined clientele you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Among business professionals and couples out for a date you will find families dining with children and young teens out for a pre-prom dinner. Daniel Reynolds, a fan of the new restaurant, raves about the atmosphere and food.
“I can bring my wife dancing, have a glass of wine and just relax. The atmosphere is lively and the staff is always friendly. But, what I really come here for is the food,” he said.
Besides appetizers and entrees, The Mark also offers a variety of delectable desserts. Their cheesecake ($6.95) plated with chocolate sauce and garnished with a strawberry seems to be a customer favorite according to Mark Tess, a server at The Mark.
“Customers seem to love our desserts as much as our entrees. The cheesecake and vanilla bean ice cream are our top sellers,” he said.
The Mark also boasts a full bar with specialty drinks and wines to please all palettes. This new restaurant has taken the drinks pretty seriously; not only can you order a drink but it’s delivered interactively. The restaurant serves its own version of “coffee on the rocks” ($8.95) mixing coffee and alcohol all while lit to a flame at your table.
On Friday and Saturday nights you can find Kelly Jean and Mr. Timble alternating jazz rounds and providing live entertainment to diners. With a designated dancing area near the stage the atmosphere comes to life.
“My wife and I have two children so we look forward to our Friday date night where we can get to not only eat wonderful food but also dance the night away to our favorite songs,” Reynolds said.
The Mark seems to hit the spot and has a promising future in the Bakersfield community with delicious food, specialty drinks and live entertainment. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with bar hours from 11 a.m. to midnight.