Trestle San Francisco The Best $35 Prix Fixe Dinner In The City
Those of you that live in San Francisco or follow the amazing San Francisco food scene, recently named Best Foodie City in the Country by Bon Appetite Magazine have probably heard of Trestle. It’s a restaurant that opened Spring of 2015 and offers a 3 course prixe fixe dinner for $35. Pretty unbeleivable, right? I thought the same thing which is what peaked my curiosity. See more about my experience, the gorgeous restaurant, the Trestle concept and of course the food below….
What is the concept? The main idea is to offer well-executed food at a reasonable price,” said Ryan Cole, one of the five partners in the Hi Neighbor restaurant group, which also includes chef Jason Halverson, Tai Ricci, Jason Kirmse and Cyrick Hia. The group wanted to open a restaurant that looked back to a different way of eating, hence the name Trestle, referencing the days of communal dining at a “trestle table.”
How does the menu reflect the concept? The restaurant’s motto is “the return to a proper meal,” referencing a time when dining was less about the intricacy of the dishes, and more about the experience of sharing a good meal. The menu focuses on several simple, but precisely executed, courses.
How does it work? Diners get two choices to choose from for each course. There’s an additional pasta course you can add on for an extra $10 per person.
What about the wine program? This is also heavy on value, with a big selection of bottles at $50 and under, and some splurge-worthy wines at $100+. Either way, the markup on wine is capped at $40, which means that diners can try a Grand Cru with dinner for a shockingly reasonable price. Wow, pretty amazing Trestle. Great concept and cost savings for us diners.
Why you should try this? Whether you’re a foodie always wanting to experience the newest hotspot (does that ring a bell, I know it does for me) or just enjoy delicious food at reasonable prices, Trestle appeals to both groups. The atmosphere is very attractive with a simple, clean decor, yet not so sterile you can’t relax and feel at home. The service is excellent with very friendly knowledgeable staff and the food is delicious at great prices! Pretty much the package deal!
Starting off dinner with a bottle of the delicious Matthiasson Chardonnay. The moment I saw this on the wine list I knew what we were drinking….
The delicious Heirloom Tomato Salad starter.
The delicious Sweet Corn Soup. Part of what I loved was the table side pouring. Such a delicious comfort soup, you can’t resist enjoying it.
The Ricotta Gnudi (pasta course for an additional $10 per person and soooo worth it). This Ricotta was so tender and delicious with perfectly ripe tomatoes. Yum!
The Shortrib Ravioli (add on pasta course) which was amazing. The horseradish soubise (crunches) was an expected touch as was the pickled onion. All delicious!
Thyme & Garlic Stuffed Chicken. This tasted as perfect as it looked. For any garlic lovers you will die over this juicy tasty Chicken.
Chocolate Pot de Creme with Bourbon whipped cream, orange-almond streussel & cocoa nibs. I always love Chocolate for dessert so this was hard not to adore….
The Brown Butter Financier with Lemon Curd, Blackberry Compote & Vanilla Ice Cream. Even though I’m a Chocolate girl, this was a lovely lighter sweet option with a touch of the delicious fresh berries.
Kudos to Executive Chef Jason Halverson. I had heard so much hype about your restaurant and I have to say it was spot on. The ambiance was charming and intimate with amazing service plus most important, excellent food. I look forward to visiting again to experience your evolving menu and more of the amazing food & wine you offer. Thanks again for having me!
DISCLOSURE: Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista and guest enjoyed a complimentary meal during this visit. However, Emily was not paid to write this post and only write posts or features about restaurants, wineries, hotels, products or destinations that she personally enjoys and proudly endorses and wants to share with her readers. All opinions expressed are her own.
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