No reservation french wine bar from the team behind quince and cotogna. One side is more of a bar/wine store with counter service and the other side is a sit-down area with table service. both sides were bar-level loud as fuck.
usually i enjoy the appetizers more than the entrees but here it was the opposite. the pithivier and dover sole were outstanding.
But what really frosted my cockles was the 5% SF mandate fee that was secretly tacked on to the bill. i’m used to seeing and paying for this bullshit surcharge by now and even tip my normal percentage on top of it. my issue is that it was never disclosed. no where on the menu or website does it mention the fee and at the end of the meal when you usually review your bill, the server comes by with an ipad, quickly reads off everything you ordered (neglecting to mention the fee), flips the ipad around for you to select one of the pre-calulated tips (15, 20, or 25%) based on the post-tax and fee amount, and processes your payment right then and there. If i didn’t ask for a copy of the receipt to be emailed to me i would have been none the wiser. This just felt sneaky and disingenuous.
burrata and summer squash
anchovies, fennel, radish
pate en croute
filled with smoky pulled pork, a bit dry
the pithivi-fuckin-er was as good as it looked. filled with veal shank.
sole a la meuniere
great crust on the sole and better than the version at republique.
coupe de glace
528 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111