Published January 18, 2013
Hill Street Blues
A Smart New Date Spot in Bernal Heights
The intrigue. The intimacy. The excitement and fear of knowing that, after one magical
night, you may never see them again.
Yep, we’re talking about pop-up restaurants. And we have good news: one of them’s found a new permanent
Say hello to Hillside Supper Club
, the full-on restaurant version of the Bernal Supper Club pop-up,
opening next week in Bernal Heights.
We start with Caffe Cozzolino. Classic red-sauce joint. Well, that was here, but pretty much everything has
been overhauled. Gone: the stodgy decor. Now: rustic, reclaimed redwood fencing and a zinc-topped bar
reminiscent of a French brasserie.
In other words, date territory. (We’re thinking that getting-comfortable-but-not-too-comfortable eighth
date.) Take over one of the two-tops in the window and settle in with meatballs, pork cheeks and/or
housemade focaccia. (It’s baked with a 40-year-old starter, which is huge in focaccia circles.) Or reserve
the big communal table in the chef’s library on the mezzanine for a family-style feast. (Word to the wise:
reservations open the day before.)
Oh, and here’s something: look on the menu under “six-pack for the kitchen.” If you’re thinking
it’s what it sounds like, well... it is. You can send some beers to the hardworking crew prepping your
Suddenly, giving your compliments to the chef seems so quaint.
Hillside Supper Club
300 Precita Ave
(at Folsom St)
San Francisco, CA 94110