The Cheese School of San Francisco has officially moved from its Mission district digs to a much more spacious, two-story home in Ghirardelli Square. Most notably, the new 4,775-square-foot Cheese School includes a cafe, retail cheese shop, and a private dining space in addition to its usual classroom setup.
Owner Kiri Fisher has brought over some dishes from her other restaurant, Fisher’s Cheese + Wine at the Marin County Mart in Larkspur, to the new SF cafe, including her grilled cheese on country bread and house-made pimento cheese served with crudité. Chef Claudia Gutierrez Smith (Rye on the Road, Linea Cafe) collaborated with Fisher on the rest of the menu, a simple collection of soups, salads, sandwiches, and shareable plates that all feature cheese in some way. The mac and cheese uses French raclette; the French onion soup starts with a Parmigiano Reggiano broth; and cream-braised pork is tucked into a sandwich with smoked provolone. See the full menu below.
Meanwhile, the cheese shop also sells charcuterie, antipasti, and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, as well as specialty jams, crackers, cheese knives, wine, and everything else you’d need for a cheese-based picnic.
Designed by Wylie Price (State Bird Provisions, Ramen Shop), the space features midnight blue tile, tan leather, and exposed brick, with sweeping views of the wharf and Golden Gate Bridge from the upstairs classroom, where you can learn about wine and cheese pairing or how to make your own cheddar.
The Cheese School of San Francisco is open at 900 North Point Street, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.