The Salzburg

The Closest Thing North Beach Has to an Alpine Ski Chalet

Schnitzel, Fire Pit and German Beer Included

By Joe Starkey ·
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Ski-in restaurants: a great respite at the end of a long day skiing. 

Pity you have to go where there's actual snow to find one, though.

Did we say pity?

We meant to say, "Welcome to the Salzburg, a new North Beach restaurant with the feel of a ski-in oasis in the Alps but is totally not a ski-in oasis in the Alps." Yep, that. It's now open and these are pictures of it.

You'll likely want to have a date next to you when you approach the wooden facade of this cozy boîte. You'll then enter a different world with steep, wood-beamed ceilings, antler lights and a redwood lathed back bar. As far as worlds go, this is a good one.

Central European wines including locals made in the same style. German IPAs. You'll find those things in ample supply, ideally just before drinking them and parting with clever quips. Or whatever banter you feel like parting with, really. This is your night. That's your German IPA. 

Eventually, dishes like the Rösti will arrive, which are potato pancakes with Arctic char, crème fraîche and caviar. Or a schnitzel sandwich, which you can enjoy by the fire pit on the patio out back.

Ah, the Alpine life.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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The Salzburg
663 Union St
(at Powell)
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-323-4845
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