[Photo: Aubrie Pick]
The sultry character you see here is Union Square's new Burritt Tavern, making chef-owner Charlie Palmer an official part of the San Francisco dining landscape at its grand debut tonight. Palmer purchased the Victorian-era Crescent Hotel late last year. Although the property has been rebranded as the Mystic Hotel, Palmer has preserved the well-liked, nicely chandeliered Burritt Room bar inside. The big difference? It's now a mere prelude to an attached 125-seat dining room, Burritt Tavern, aiming for "a speakeasy vibe."
To that end, there are six, curtained-off private booths lining one of the restaurant's walls. Other surfaces are covered with black and white photographs of old school San Francisco scenes.
The menu stays on-theme, using the Bay Area's most classic ingredients combined with seasonal elements. Appetizers include a Dungeness and asparagus tart and Tomales Bay oyster soup. Petrale sole, Petaluma chicken and three manly steak options appear in the entrees section. Take a look at chef Ashley Weaver's full menu here.
Burritt Tavern opens tonight for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Full hours are listed on the website, and you can look out for lunch to be added soon. In the meantime, your early reports are most welcome in the tip jar, or below in the comments.
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