Around the corner from the busy heart of Hayes Valley is Nightbird. A quaint little restaurant picked out by our friend. It was her birthday after all and lucky for us, she has a knack for finding great eats around town. This time the restaurant was a little American bistro headed by Kim Alter. It was an early Tuesday night so it was pretty empty, empty enough to take a few photos of the place. The lighting wasn’t too good for pictures, but it’s perfect for an intimate dining experience. That is of course, if you’re dining for two, and not in a group like us. Yay birthdays!
I got here early and waited for others in the Linden Room. It’s a nice little bar located in the back. A good place to polish off a few drinks while friends message you about their plight getting there. I don’t know any area in San Francisco that’s easy to get to. Anyways, when everyone got there, we were kindly seated.
As part of their ever changing menu, they presented us with a sealed menu with the wine pairing inside. The waiter let us know we didn’t have to open and enjoy the courses as they come out. But don’t worry, on the back was a brief listing of the courses. It includes the core ingredients in case you may have food allergies. Though he did ask us before hand. Given we had none and we wanted to hop on the journey the chef prepared for us, we didn’t open the menu. And actually, I never had a peek inside. Even at the end of the night.
Yep, it’s a multi-course fixed menu. The cost is $125 USD per person excluding gratuity. One thing to keep in mind was that the whole meal will take over an hour. There’s no rush to get you in and out of the place. And that’s not to say there’s a long wait in between the courses. The timing felt like it was tailored to compliment our conversations throughout the night. Overall, it’s well worth the price and if you pair it with wine, it’s even better. There were several courses that were very unique and quite imaginative. I can see myself coming back here for special occasions. Definitely want to see what other creations are in store for the summer.
330 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 (415) 829-7565
Verdict: Worth a visit if the price point suits you.