The opening day for Dominique Crenn’s new wine bar is here: Here’s a sneak peek inside the cozy space, where the French chef has created vibes that she feels is as close to her own living room as possible.
“This is more than a wine bar,” Crenn told Eater SF. “It’s my living room, where people can experience the best of the best.” It’s also Crenn’s take on a 1930s Parisienne salon, where special silver vessels are brimming with caviar, and gold-rimmed plates boast perfectly executed tarte tatin.
Designer Karen Brady designed the interior, which includes antique and vintage finds from all over (including local goldmine Alameda Flea). Large wooden dominoes from artist Lucky Rapp — also responsible for the acrylic artwork hanging in Petit Crenn — adorn exposed brick walls, alongside heavy velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers, and lounge-y couches and settees.
The menu is a collection of recipes provided by Crenn’s French peers, including Alain Ducasse. Soup aux truffes, tarte flambee, and other gorgeously executed classics will be on the menu, with a fully French menu of pastries and desserts to back it up. French and old world wines will take the starring role, alongside low-ABV cocktails and aperitifs.
Reservations are now available for Bar Crenn via Tock for dining a la carte, or for a three-course “carte blanche” experience for $85; space for walk-ins will be available. When it opens on March 13, hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30pm to midnight; closed Sunday and Monday