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598 Haight St. (Steiner St.) Send to Phone
The inspirational Cal-Med small plates menu allows anything from nibbles with wine to a multi-course feast.

Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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: Lower Haight has a new style of restaurant in its midst: dark, downtown, delicious. The moody room, with its Cabernet-colored walls, chain mail curtains and futuristic chandelier, seems to be a magnet for the local celebrities and young-ish big spenders. But you need not have a fat wallet to enjoy the food. The small plates menu allows anything from nibbles with wine to a multi-course feast. Similarly, the dining room allows a few different ambiences. A tightly packed dining room can seat larger parties (that would be more than two here). Upstairs, a cozy mezzanine has a few tables as well as a couch and a big TV screening old movies. Two counters also serve food, the eight-seater bar and the steel counter that overlooks the open kitchen. Chef Justine Miner (Café Kati, Dine, Globe) creates a list of showstoppers from the pizzas with alluring California-style toppings like wild mushroom and Fontina cheese or pancetta with radicchio and thyme. A charcuterie plate comes loaded with chicken liver pâté, pork rillettes, salami and pan de mie or grilled bread. Diver scallops are paired with parsnip purée and salads are sparklingly fresh. The interesting wine list has both affordable favorites and tempting splurges.
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