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by Joan Simon

101 Cyril Magnin at Ellis (Union Square)
(415) 982-7874

Cuisine: Progressive American with French Accents

Pluses: Fabulous wine list by the glass, convenient to theatre, Union Square shopping, Moscone, monthly free wine tastings on Tuesdays benefit local charities

Don't Miss: lamb chops, Crushburger, wine flights, vegetarian dishes

Prices: Moderate

Overview: Dinner daily
Reservations Accepted
All Credit cards accepted
Garage Parking on Ellis/Eddy and at Union Square
Completely non smoking
No Wheelchair access downstairs

This critically acclaimed Wine Lounge, Restaurant, and Full Bar serves delicious dishes paired with a wonderful, California-centric wine list at affordable prices.  Consistently named a favorite in locals polls on Citysearch, etc. its casual ambiance and friendly service has made it popular with a wide range of age groups for intimate dates as well as parties in the interesting downstairs room.

The menu is updated seasonally and may include such tasty starters as Butter Lettuce with blue cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts and apples, “Crush” Oysters w/ sautéed chard, apple-wood bacon & house sauce or Prawns with Spicy Remoulade Sauce, served on corn relish. Entrees span a variety from downtown’s favorite Crushburger to  Sonoma County Cherry-Orange Glazed Duck Breast in a bed of braised red cabbage and pancetta with red wine. Grilled Australian Rack of Lamb Served over fava beans, asparagus tips and Yukon potatoes. And Grilled Pork Chop served with pear, cashew compote, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. Vegetarians have several creative choices including Roasted Portobello Tagliatelli served with flat ribbon Pasta, English peas, finished with a mushroom broth and Baby Artichokes Two Ways with Grana Padana and lemon thyme vinaigrette.


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