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Dive Into Pearl, a Seafood Restaurant and All-Day Oasis in the Richmond District

From the Pizzetta 211 team

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Pearl, a long anticipated sister and neighbor restaurant to the Richmond’s much prized Pizzetta 211, opens at last on Tuesday, May 29th. When it does, Pearl is liable to generate the same friendly — and typically busy — neighborhood atmosphere as its sibling, while taking on a life of its own with a larger, 40-seat space and all-day service.

Pearl is a café by day, with coffee and wood-fired bagels, and a full bar and restaurant by night, with cocktails, seafood, and homemade pasta. It’s employee owned (and designed) with Pizzetta owner Jack Murphy overseeing operations. Mel Lopez (Pizzetta 211, Baker & Banker, Aziza, Zero Zero) and Joyce Conway (Zero Zero, 20 Spot) are co-chefs, members of the Pizzetta team known for their monthly feminist pop-up dinner series, B.L.U.D. (Bitches Liven Up Dinner). In the new space, they’ll avail themselves of a wood oven for everything from baked ricotta to a family-sized portion of octopus. John Heffron (an alum of Andytown Coffee Roasters and Pizzetta) will run the coffee program, and bar manager Nahiel Nazzal has an evening menu of cocktails — check that out, and all the menus, here.

Pearl’s home at 6101 California Street was previously a laundromat and a drugstore before that, past lives recalled in its deco, tiled interior. Leather booths beckon diners into the space, which general manager Susan Dunn hopes will be “a glowing gem in a foggy, sleepy neighborhood.”

“We’re striving to go above and beyond to create something really special,” she says.

Outside the restaurant at 6101 California Street
40 seats of space inside the high-ceilinged dining room
Wood-fired bagels
Jane Srisarakorn
Leather booths at Pearl
Looking out the windows at Pearl
The bar at Pearl
A calypso orchid cocktail of reposado tequila, Lo-Fi gentian amaro, carpano bianco, palo cortado, and lemon oil
An oyster with white shoyu, sesame, pickled ginger, and scallion
A Scarlet Columbine cocktail of bourbon, sage tea, citrus, strawberry, pink peppercorn, and syrah
Halibut crudo with strawberry, marcona almond, serrano chili, nuoc cham, and basil
Looking down at the dining room at Pearl
Eggs with boquerones
Jane Srisarakorn
Banquette seating
Spaghetti with spicy anchovies, garlic, san marzano, Siloro olive oil, and breadcrumbs
The wood oven in the kitchen at pearl
Pork chop with twice fried amorosa potatoes, apricot, mustarda, and charred broccoli
The Pearl cocktail of Sea Gin, La Guita Manzanilla, bordiga Bianco Vermouth, with pickled onion and sea bean garnish
Potato Gnocchi, pea tendril, truffle butter, spring onion, beech mushroom, roasted ricotta salata
A booth at Pearl
Jane Srisarakorn

Handkerchief, white bolognese, grana padano, black pepper, herbs

Lemon verbena panna cotta, honey roasted apricots. cashew streusel

When it opens, Pearl’s cafe hours will be 7:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with dinner from Tuesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. 10 p.m., and weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pearl

6101 California Street, , CA 94121 (415) 592-9777 Visit Website

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