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Circa Reincarnated as The Dorian, a 'Modern Day Parlor'

Expect mature American fare and cocktail classics in an old-school space.

San Francisco Days

Marina brunchers, take note: your ex-favorite Sunday boozing spot Circa will soon no longer lie dormant. Reopening sometime in September as The Dorian, the spot will be a little more mature than its previous tenant, and with hopefully better food.

As we reported back in May, the team behind Palm House (Anderson Pugash, Benson Wang and Jack Herr) acquired the space; they've since brought on executive chef Jason Saunders (Palm House), general manager Chris Goodyear, general partner Guri Walia and cocktail consultant Anthony Parks (50/50 Cocktail Co.) to create an Oscar Wilde-inspired spot that's meant to be "an ode to a bygone era."

Apparently that means Wilde was into American food and whiskey, as The Dorian will serve classics like seafood towers, steak tartare and mussel fries, plus offer over 75 whiskeys in addition to updated standbys like a Gibson with pickled red onion and orange bitters.

Other highlights will include $1 oysters during happy hour in the space's purple and teal bar room, which is sure to draw a lively after work crowd. There'll also be a private dining space, which is blanketed in leather and dark wood. It's all been redesigned by Shelly Amoroso (who also worked on Palm House's breezy decor), with additional windows to lighten up the previously clubby dining area, for a more loft-like feel.

Brunch isn't on the docket until later this fall — so boozy brunchers will have to make do elsewhere until then — but they plan to open for dinner every day but Mondays.

Stay tuned for more details closer to opening.


2001 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA