A Tale of Two Restaurants

    San Francisco’s Embarcadero is now home to two Pat Kuleto restaurants: Waterbar at the south end of Rincon Park and EPIC Roasthouse at the north. These new additions to the Embarcadero are situated in the first privately owned waterfront buildings to break ground in almost 100 years. They share a European-style patio and view of the city skyline, but Kuleto’s menus and designs for each venue are unique. Waterbar features a Mediterranean-style menu created by chef and co-owner Mark Franz of Farallon and executive chef Parke Ulrich and features fresh sustainable seafood dishes like sea scallop and crabmeat melt and pressed lobster. Aromas from the open kitchen waft into the main dining room, and a 19-foot floor-to-ceiling aquarium adds to the Pacific theme. EPIC Roasthouse showcases chef and co-owner Jan Birnbaum’s soulful interpretation of classic steakhouse dishes, and the design offers a custom-built wood-fired grill, large wood-burning oven, and fireplace. The full menu?and breathtaking water views?are available in the upstairs bar and lounge. (415.284.9922, www.waterbarsf.com; 415.369.9955, www.epicroasthouse.com,)

    ?Alyson Gerber

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