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POSTED September 18, 2014

Les Clos

When a co-owner/wine director of Saison opens another restaurant, you take notice. When that all-day restaurant offers Sightglass Coffee, a delectable food menu and stunning wines, you go. Mark Bright's Les Clos is now open for lunch, and will fully open September 20. Former Saison pastry chef Shawn Gawle is in the kitchen, offering cheeses, daytime dishes like French omelets ($12) and bistro-inspired dinner entreés such as poulet bazquez ($26). Or indulge in oysters and caviar with a 3,500-bottle-strong collection of French and California wines, with 40 available by the glass.

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POSTED September 11, 2014

Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab

Dinner and a show is being redefined with the opening of Doc Ricketts and the accompanying Doc's Lab in North Beach. Housed in the former Purple Onion space and named for a close friend of John Steinbeck (and subsequent Cannery Row character), Doc Ricketts' aspires to offer quality live entertainment and great food. The upstairs restaurant opened last week and has a menu of modern American dishes courtesy of chef Justin Deering (15 Romolo, Cafe Des Amis), with items like halibut crudo ($13), house-made charcuterie ($24) and large-format plates like branzino and pole beans ($25). Downstairs, Doc's Lab is kicking things off this Friday and already has a fully booked calendar of comedians, readings and musical acts—the full dinner menu will be available in the performance space, too. 124 Columbus Ave.

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POSTED September 4, 2014

Bistro L'Aviateur

Feel like a part of the family at Bistro L'Aviateur, a newly opened bistro just off of the bustling 20th Street Corridor in the Mission. A project from husband and wife Vincent and Maha Laforge, L'Aviateur serves French food laced with Mediterranean flavors, including many from Tunisia (where Maha hails from). The light-filled restaurant is meant to be a neighborhood go-to, serving everything from Tunisian tea and pastries in the afternoon to a small, daily changing menu which will be available for both lunch and dinner. Expect breads, pâtés like pig head and juices made in-house, and sidewalk seating for your people-watching pleasure in the near future.

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POSTED August 28, 2014


There's been a swath of sit-down, ingredient-driven Mexican restaurants opening this year. The latest addition is Bandidos, opening in the Castro next Tuesday. The second project from Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim (of Hi Tops, the much-loved gay sports bar), Bandidos will have a menu of Cal-Mex classics courtesy of Top Chef contestant Jamie Lauren. Dishes will include clams with chorizo ($18), duck confit tacos ($11) and a slow-roasted chicken served with fresh tortillas ($23). There will be a selection of tequila and mezcal cocktails, too, not to mention a flaming gin cocktail called the Smoking Gun.

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POSTED August 21, 2014

Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House

There's a new fish destination in Oakland's Jack London Square now that Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House opened this past Tuesday. The second project from Rick Hackett and Meredith Melville of Bocanova showcases fresh seafood preparations from chef Peter Villegas (La Mar, Campton Place), including squid ink carbonara, halibut fish and chips and a Maine-style lobster roll on a pretzel bun. There's an extensive raw bar, too. And just in time for Bay Area summer, there's outdoor seating—all the better to enjoy some warm Oakland nights. 336 Water St., Oakland

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  • Les Clos
  • Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab
  • Bistro L'Aviateur
  • Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House


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