Boulevard Restaurant is in a historic 1889 building that was not destroyed in the 1906 earthquake
The Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco
is a partnership from two powerhouses in the San Francisco Restaurant scene, Chef Nancy Oakes and restaurateur Pat Kuleto. Its prime location on the Embarcadero, across from the Ferry Building makes it an always popular choice for tourists. But locals know it to be one of the city's finest choices for classic American items with french flair.
Wows and Woes
The ahi tuna tartare had a creative twist on an appetizer that has become overdone, but it was the only thing that didn't thrill the tastebuds around the table. The wild-caught halibut, served with vegetable risotto and squash blossoms is simply perfect. And, yes, the deserts are incredible.
The view from outside of the Boulevard Restaurant, with the Bay Bridge in the distance
Plan on spending just a bit more for your wine choice. Ask for the wine director to offer suggestions. Tell him what you've ordered, what you like and roughly your price point and let his expertise be your guide. Many pairing suggestions are over-rated in some places, but not at Boulevard. The wine and food will dance across your tongue all evening,
Author's Most Memorable Moment
Though not a "view" restaurant, the Boulevard's location made it natural for us to enjoy a leisurely walk along the bay on the way to dinner. Once we arrived, we lucked into one of the front three tables that offered a nice view as colors of the sky streaked across the bay, an added bonus to a delightful romantic evening.
There is a reason why Chef Nancy Oakes is known as one of the finest in San Francisco. Go to Boulevard and experience it for yourself.
Aidan Elisha has enjoyed a decade-long career as a professional journalist, writer, editor and author. He has covered civil torts, politics, baseball, pop culture and features. He writes a popular column for examiner.com and coaches writing techniques to aspiring writers. He is the winner of nearly two dozen press awards.