San Francisco: Dinner at Aveline

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A weekend in San FranciscoThree days before Father’s Day weekend, my friends Sean and Lena Morris said, “Fares have dropped! Let’s go to San Francisco for Hubert Keller’s birthday!” Now, I never do spontaneous trips like that unless I’m somehow jolted to attention by the appearance of an ex-boyfriend or something. But this was something that sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime treat, and I was technically available, so off we went for a quick weekend getaway.

If you don’t know him, Hubert Keller is a celebrated French chef and is known for his Fleur de Lys restaurants in San Francisco (closing soon) and Las Vegas, and as a judge on Top Chef. He’s also a popular multitasking DJ/chef at the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held here each fall.

As the Morris’ tagalong, I was fortunate to get a seat at chef Keller’s very intimate birthday dinner at a new restaurant called Aveline, which had gotten rave reviews in the short time since it opened. The executive chef is Texas native Casey Thompson, who competed in Top Chef, so you know it’s gotta be good.

I usually do my travel blogs grouped by day or theme, but this dinner was so amazing, I felt it needed its own blog entry. In fact, it was probably one of my most outstanding meals in San Francisco, and I can’t wait to go back.

Dinner at Aveline

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The bar area is called The European. I love how it has an old school San Francisco vibe, but with contemporary touches.

Aveline
490 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-345-2303

 

10 comments
turkfontaine
turkfontaine

p.p.s. how does AVELINE stack up against the Cave?

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

 ......."appearance of an ex-boyfriend" 


BOYFRIEND? BOYFRIEND?  who? where? when? what? DETAILS. i MUST have DETAILS!


p.s. #13 was truly over the top. i would have picked up that slab of rock and sucked that avo-goodness off in one breath.

sakeshop
sakeshop

That looked like an amazing. I can see why you can't wait to go back! Cool lighting tip too :) 

crysmy
crysmy

Yum, but you're not allowed to go on any more trips if not everyone gets fired! (PS 100%)

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  nice review and pix.  Ok, if you were to guess the cost of the meal...how much?  Did you get a chance to see the regular menu?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@turkfontaine too bad I didn't check the menu to see the prices, or I could give a more fair comparison. It's kind of similar, but not....? Lots of small bites with exquisite ingredients and combinations. I'd say it was done in the same style as VC but the chef has her own flair, and definitely different ingredients since it's seasonal and probably regional. 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@turkfontaine I think the last semi-spontaneous trip I took, was back before I started blogging. I think I saw a new birth or wedding announcement in the paper, with my ex-BF's name right there. I was so distraught I booked a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Good thing I wasn't leaving for 2 weeks, because how the heck did I know you needed a visa to get into the country?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@crysmy People don't get fired if they offer empathy & help LOL

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Annoddah_Dave I didn't get to see the menu. OK so comparatively: This was about a dozen courses. Vintage Cave Serves ABOUT 20 (give or take) for about $250-300. Chef Mavro serves 10 courses for $165. So I'd guess it is in that range. But remember, this was a special meal so I don't know that the overall restaurant prices would be overly high. This is in a busy part of the city and needs to cater daily to visitors and residents.