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Verbena: A foodie's dream in Russian Hill

  • 18 December 2013

In the long list of sufferings a man will endure so that he may eat a great meal, crossing the bridge to Berkeley ranks somewhere near the bottom between self-immolation and, oh, Uggs.

Bringing Berkeley's best cuisine closer to home: Verbena, from the Gather folks, opening tonight in Russian Hill.

Cheffed by Esquire Chef of the Year Sean Baker (best known for — surprise — seasonal vegan food that doesn't suck), Verbena's menu offers everything from duck meatballs with black mole to quail with hedgehog mushrooms and the ever-substantial beef rib.

For libations, they've brought on French Laundry alum and Wingtip wine director Michael Ireland and his streamlined program of choice glasses. And with a who's who of top flight beers and one of the most esoteric cocktail lists you're likely to see (e.g., a pisco, chamomile honey and absinthe Beekeeper’s Folly), lubrication won’t be an issue.

As for the environment: Verbena oozes date night, with a two-story ceiling, romantic lighting and elevated mezzanine seating.

So leave Berkeley to the bridge enthusiasts and UC kids. The best reason to go just came to you.

The Specifics


2323 Polk Street
between Green and Union
Opens daily at 5:30 pm
(415) 441-2323

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