A restaurant and bar heralding the cuisine of San Francisco has now — as of April 23 — open in the Loews Regency, called the Bear & Monarch. It’s another addition to SF’s high-profile hotel dining scene, which recently added Villon, with others like Alta at Yotel and a Tartine project at Hotel G on the way.
Chef Howard Ko (The Restaurant at Meadowood, French Laundry, NYC’s Daniel) is leading the kitchen, bringing updates to SF classics like clam chowder in seaweed-sourdough bread bowls. Ko’s fine dining background comes into play on the menu, which includes dishes based on SF neighborhoods like Chinatown: Grilled squash blossoms stuffed with shu mai, tobiko, and xo sauce. There’s also a hearty dry-aged beef selection, including a 108-day-aged 32 ounce cote de boeuf, pasta, and bread made at the restaurant.
It’s a hotel restaurant after all, so it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (see menus below), and it’s not cheap. Dishes like a double cheeseburger with bacon and fancy sauce ($24) and salmon poke with seawood salad ($19) headline lunch, while breakfast includes very pricey avocado toast ($16), a Hawaiian breakfast with housemade spam and macaroni salad ($17), and classics like lemon ricotta pancakes ($19).
The 100-seat dining room is chic, dark, and brooding, with gold paint and bronze to give diners a literal gold rush vibe. The cocktail menu will certainly be a draw to the Financial District crowd with it’s $12 cocktails — especially during happy hour when (single) cheeseburgers are also $12 — with many bottled and carbonated options.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 a.m.- 10 p.m on Monday- Friday, and 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour is from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. Bar hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. and 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.