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Presidio Social Club

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Worth a visit.. Three of us went to the Social Club for dinner last night at around 8:30pm. We did not have a reservation but were told there is plenty of space for walks-ins at the communal table. When we arrived it was packed but the communal table was empty as well as a few sporadic tables throughout the restaurant, we could however not sit at any of these due to ?staffing issues? as told to us by the three hostesses. No worries we had a drink at the bar and were seated after 20 minutes. The decor is very lively and modern. The place had a sterile feel to it though and was not as cozy as I had envisioned it to be. The huge, long marble bar was very cool and looked like a great place for a drink. The service was quick and friendly but once again the issue of staffing came up (not by our prodding) but by the waitresses own admission. Apparently the owners do not want any of their employees to drive to work and since there is no public transportation into the presidio the staff is dropping like fly?s. I ordered the sloppy joe and it was delicious, one friend had the veal and loved it, another had the iron steak and loved it as well. The dessert (banana cream pie) was utterly forgettable?boring, tasteless, totally unimaginative. I think I could make something better with a few bananas and a can of whip cream. The wine list...ok nothing special there. The prices ok as well. Dinner for three, one appetizer, three mains, two bottles of wine, one dessert, total $220.00 with tip. In case I forgot to mention it the restaurant noise level is through the roof. The waitress yelled out the specials. If I went again I would sit at the bar, order the sloppy joe, have a glass ? not bottle of wine and be quite content.


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March 15, 2007
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All the Benefits of a Club; None of the Benefits of a Restaurant. In a pathetic attempt at offering ?all the comforts of a club? for Cow Hollow and Marina hipsters, Presidio Social Club fails miserably. Its too-well lit dining area and inexperienced servers evoke the feeling of an upscale malt shop, rather than a sophisticated lounge. Presidio Social Club tries too hard to evoke the 1940s or 1950s era, but fails to execute on basic blocking and tackling like having the right number of bar tenders to serve thirsty patrons or training wait staff on the intricacies of opening wine. With a brushed steel bar and unlit cabinets of aluminum and glass, the atmosphere is more ?Happy Days? than ?social club.? PSC is devoid of the upscale ?house cocktails? found at more forward-thinking establishments, relying on only two beers on tap and few wines by the glass. Further, PSC takes the 40s and 50s theme a little too far by serving its sparkling wines in coupe de Champagne glasses and its martinis microscopic vessels. The menu does feature some highlights like a ?cannibal? raw beef open face sandwich and crab ?cupcakes,? but in general, the dishes are too predictable: roast Sonoma chicken, flat iron steak, and slow cooked beef ribs ? how many times have we seen that?. The kitchen has some work to do as well: the rapini came out cold and the ?roasted? beets were undercooked. Servers are well-meaning, but lame: the waitron seemed to have trouble opening a straight-forward bottle of wine, and the bus person cleared the salt and pepper after the appetizer course. Note to management: a little training goes a long way. Prices are reasonable (dinner for two with wine $120), but nevertheless, PSC will close in six months as the sophisticated diners of SF take their business elsewhere ? permanently.


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January 12, 2007