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Osso Steakhouse, Deco Glamour on Nob Hill

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[Photos: Patricia Chang]

The stylish Deco-influenced dining room you see pictured above is Osso Steakhouse, the new project from the indefatigable duo of Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo, who also own The Franciscan, The Stinking Rose, and The Old Clam House. Opening tonight in partnership with Dante Serafini, Osso fills the hole in the Dal Bozzo empire left by Boboquivari's (a.k.a. Bobo's), which former partner Andrea Froncillo took over last year.

The restaurant, situated at the base of the Gramercy Towers in Nob Hill, has been vacant since 2009, when the Californian Bar & Restaurant moved out. "Osso" is Italian for "bone," and executive chef J.C. Becerra specializes in bone-in, dry-aged steaks of all sorts, from a filet mignon to a super-size porterhouse. Given the current cost of beef, the prices are also super-sized (starting at $30 for a petite filet mignon and cresting $130 for that porterhouse). There's also whole Dungeness crab served in a hot iron skillet with garlic sauce ($37), and all the steakhouse standards, from raw oysters to baked potatoes to creamed spinach. See the full menu here.

In keeping with the Gatsby-esque excess, the wine and spirits menu is full of high-end options, including Cristal by the glass ($85) and Pappy van Winkle bourbon. The wine list emphasizes California vintages, with five whites and seven reds by the glass ($9-23). There are also some basic cocktail options, like flavored martinis and margaritas, a Manhattan, mimosas, and a few mocktails.

The sprawling 200-seat space was designed by Jennifer Dal Bozzo, and features black-and-white zigzag floors, tented booths reminiscent of the Stinking Rose's, leather banquettes, etched glass dividers, and lots of period-tasteful neon. There's a private dining room that seats 60, and valet parking; residents of the Gramercy Towers will also eventually be able to get delivery. Hours are daily from 5-10 p.m.

· Dal Bozzos to Open Osso Steakhouse on Nob Hill [~ ESF ~]
· Osso Steakhouse [Official website]

Osso Steakhouse

1177 California Street, SF, CA 94108 415 771 6776 Visit Website

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