Diners keen on visiting Lazy Bear without dropping $200 on the full tasting menu can do so soon, thanks to a new late-night option coming to the upstairs mezzanine. The Mission’s two Michelin-starred, famously ticketed restaurant is launching The Lazy Bear Den on December 1.
A key attraction for the space will be a massive new wine list, packaged up in a red, cloth-bound, vintage-looking book. Lazy Bear chef David Barzelay and beverage director Matthew Dulle have spent two years growing the restaurant’s wine cellar, which now hosts more than 1,000 wines. There’s a mix of historic Californian wines — including more than 60 labels from Ridge Vineyards — and bottles from lesser-known regions.
Of course, all guests at Lazy Bear can chat with a sommelier and marvel at the new wine list, but The Lazy Bear Den will make it more accessible. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the Den will take over the midcentury cabin-inspired mezzanine, with a new a la carte food menu to accompany the wine list. It includes in-theme snacks like bison jerk, trail mix, and a section devoted to custom-made, table-side grills for diners to cook their own salmon skewers, s’mores, and other bites over live oak coals. See a sample menu below.
Reservations should go live in mid-November. Stay tuned for more details.