I made a 7pm reservation thinking that should give us ample time to make it up through the city. My first suggestion? Do not take 3rd to Kearny off the freeway. Just stay on the Embarcadero and then make your way into North Beach. Having to go through the Market street area is a guaranteed traffic-y pain in the ass. I know Embarcadero might not be that much better but at least you get a view of the water. We pulled up just in time and decided to forget hoofing it all over and instead went for their Valet service ($12 on week nights, looked like $15 on weekends.... just do it unless you want to add 30 - 45 looking for parking and walking, you are already throwing down for a classy dinner, save yourself and let them park for you)
|ACME Bread a local staple|
The restaurant and bar were bustling when we arrived and as I heard the 2 groups ahead of us directed to the bar I was glad I made reservations. After a small amount of agonizing prior to arrival I had planned out our meal consisting of all the Park Tavern "must haves". I had been heavily deliberating the wine (they have a wonderful wine list full of interesting options and moderate prices) but knew right away after checking the by the glass list that we would have the Tablas Creek Rose (out of Paso Robles, I had been tasting there a few years ago and knew their profile would be a great fit with the meal I had planned)
|Deviled eggs with Pickled Jalapeno & Bacon|
|Brussels Sprout Chips|
|Lobster Bisque (Half Portion)|
SF Gate described Anna's desire to create this as a more casual and feminine space to counter the high energy often crowded bar in the restaurant below. You step back in time as you climb the stairs. Floral wall paper and stuffed Victorian couches beg you to whisper softly in a corner as you enjoy the libations prepared by the vest and bow tie wearing bar tender. With the limited space upstairs they serve only a daily selection of 3 house cocktails from the restaurants broad list. On this night we enjoyed the Maryetta's Bubbles - Sparkling Wine, Framboise, and lemon a crisp refreshing blend and the Mclaren- Hendricks Gin, Cucumber juice, lemon, & ginger beer which made me feel like I was relaxing at the spa (I felt like combo had a cedar like essence... Heidi and the bar tender thought I was crazy). This would be a lovely spot for a romantic evening the dim lighting is romantic, the couches are cozy, and the cocktails are top notch! If you don't have the time (or budget) to go full out on a meal, take an opportunity to check out some of the bar snacks (such as the Deviled Eggs and Brussel sprout chips mentioned above!) in Eden's Lounge along with some amazing drinks. Just be sure to check the link above as it is only open on days they do not have private events.
This was a fantastic evening of reconnecting for Heidi and I. Finding your place as friends when you become adults can sometimes be hard, I have seen as many old friends fall by the wayside as anyone, so it is always something special when you enter a new stage of life and you find yourself in step once again with a friend of many years. Though time and distance separate us our friendship needs only an amazing meal and a tipple or two to reignite again! I look forward to seeing her in March as I head back to Scottsdale for our yearly trip to Spring Training. Hopefully I will have another fun restaurant to tell you about then as well!