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216 Townsend St. (Third St.) Send to Phone
415-896-2120 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Pleasant, spacious wine and spirits bar with small plates south of downtown.

Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
Open late

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District, San Francisco, CA

District Restaurant Review

: Its neat rows of wood rafters arching high above a handsome U-shaped bar, this joint gives its patrons the oddly appealing sensation they might be eating and drinking within the confines of a very large barrel. Happy hour imbibers come after work to enjoy the worldly wine flights, shoring up their stomachs with well-appointed cheese plates, charcuterie assortments, oysters and bar nibbles such as chickpea fries with chèvre-stuffed peppadew peppers. Eating a full meal here is unnecessary and, unless one chooses wisely, unadvisable. Dishes tend to lean on worn hallmarks of overwrought California cuisine: truffle oil, assorted aïoli, "jams" and goat cheese in various applications. A curry-spiked tomato sauce smothering soft, lovely lamb meatballs has an overwhelmingly powdery flavor. That said, the wines are interesting and presented thoughtfully. Sunday brunch is a popular option, especially before Giants baseball games.
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