It may seem out of the way, but a trip to Presidio Social Club is worth it, especially for the filling and delicious brunch. Start with a Painkiller cocktail, then nibble on smoked trout and rye toast. Follow up with the amazing chilaquiles and don't skip the beignets for dessert!
Classics Done with New Style.
In my opinion the Presidio Social Club is a welcome addition to the Bay scene with food and cocktail classics executed extremely well. Evoking a 'From Here to Eternity' style cocktail lounge, the long room has combined touches of new and old and is cool to look at but could use a little breaking in as any new spot does over time. I would vote for different light fixtures, but thats just me. The food was incredible; starting with the grilled cheese and best ever tomato soup and the Kobe beef sloppy joe tender and flavorful. We loved the warm chocolate cupcakes and fought over every last crumb topping.
The house cocktail the "Gunpowder" is not to be missed: some kind of lemon drop mixture with a dash of cayenne pepper that resonates with flavor but not too much heat.
Check it out: worth the trip!
All the Benefits of a Club; None of the Benefits of a Restaurant.
In a pathetic attempt at offering ?all the comforts of a club? for Cow Hollow and Marina hipsters, Presidio Social Club fails miserably. Its too-well lit dining area and inexperienced servers evoke the feeling of an upscale malt shop, rather than a sophisticated lounge.
Presidio Social Club tries too hard to evoke the 1940s or 1950s era, but fails to execute on basic blocking and tackling like having the right number of bar tenders to serve thirsty patrons or training wait staff on the intricacies of opening wine.
With a brushed steel bar and unlit cabinets of aluminum and glass, the atmosphere is more ?Happy Days? than ?social club.? PSC is devoid of the upscale ?house cocktails? found at more forward-thinking establishments, relying on only two beers on tap and few wines by the glass. Further, PSC takes the 40s and 50s theme a little too far by serving its sparkling wines in coupe de Champagne glasses and its martinis microscopic vessels.
The menu does feature some highlights like a ?cannibal? raw beef open face sandwich and crab ?cupcakes,? but in general, the dishes are too predictable: roast Sonoma chicken, flat iron steak, and slow cooked beef ribs ? how many times have we seen that?. The kitchen has some work to do as well: the rapini came out cold and the ?roasted? beets were undercooked.
Servers are well-meaning, but lame: the waitron seemed to have trouble opening a straight-forward bottle of wine, and the bus person cleared the salt and pepper after the appetizer course. Note to management: a little training goes a long way.
Prices are reasonable (dinner for two with wine $120), but nevertheless, PSC will close in six months as the sophisticated diners of SF take their business elsewhere ? permanently.
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