803 Fillmore @ Grove
Beer and wine only
Eating at this comfy Western Addition restaurant makes me feel
like I stepped out to dine in Paris or New York in the fifties.
Cozy, a little funky, friendly and sheltered by thick neighborhood
trees, it's a vactaion from the usual impersonal nature of most
It's always bustling, but the lights, the jazz, the mirrors
and the energy are in perfect balance. These folks know their
feng shui. The tables are close to each other and the volume
tends to be up a notch, but at Alamo Square I never mind a bit.
Lots of fresh fish, including nightly specials and a make-your-own
selection (five different kinds of fish, cooking techniques
and sauces to mix and match). I think they usually have a meat
or two on the blackboard as well. $14-$18.
Fresh and tasty. It's never very thrilling, but always a good
bet. And I'm a sucker for the option of Hollandaise on whatever
I want. Sweet decadence.
French. They're very brisk and busy, so much so that it's often
difficult to get their attention or memory.
The perfect atmosphere overrides all other faults.
Reviewed : Oct 2003