Restaurants, Contemporary American Pacific Heights
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Melissa Perello’s second restaurant in Lower Pacific Heights is as personal as her beloved Frances—it has a welcoming residential style, with touches like reclaimed wood tables, cozy lighting and beautiful pottery. Perello’s menu has a strong California base but branches out with some Mediterranean touches, like her “deviled” egg covered in Marash pepper (you’ll want to get one each of all her small plates) or pappardelle with seasonal vegetables. Her dishes feature height-of-the-season ingredients, like summertime Sonoma duck breast with roasted stone fruit panzanella, almond and chile romesco, and it’s best to share so you can enjoy more plates together. Definitely save room for dessert—they are something special here. The wine list features appealing vermouths to start with, and many international selections by the glass and bottle. It can be tough to score a table but so worth it.


Venue name: Octavia
Address: 1701 Octavia Street
San Francisco
Opening hours: Daily 5-10:30pm
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