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A couple passing mentions of the place, but no reports yet for this more casual spin-off of Acquerello. Who's tried it?

1760 Restaurant
1760 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.359.1212
www.1760sf.com/
Dinner daily

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancis...

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  1. That menu looks outstanding! I'll look forward to hearing more. I did have to chuckle when reading the interview. When did Polk St. become Nob Hill??? :) Thanks, M.

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    1. re: c oliver

      You could get that idea from Google Maps if you didn't know the topography. 1760 is slightly closer to the Nob Hill label than the Polk Gulch one.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        That's true re Polk Gulch. Topography can be a killer in SF, can't it? :)

        1. re: c oliver

          no one ever says polk gulch anymore, except in guide books. there's nob hill, russian hill, and "polk street"

          1. re: vulber

            https://www.google.com/search?q=polk+...

            1. re: c oliver

              like i said - various neighborhood guidebooks. even the first result is a redirection to polk street from polk gulch

              1. re: vulber

                BA HA HA HA HA

                It is so true. As far as the people who live here and right off Polk street are concerned, there is no Polk Gulch.

                Anyhow, I am very excited to try this place. Just giving it some time to work out the kinks. I live in the area and I am very excited about how many places are changing, hopefully for the better. There is a lack of quality food in that area, and when there is quality, you often have to deal with the clientele that can be not so enjoyable.

                I'm also looking forward to Taps, and the new place from the guys at haven, and it was just announced that Red Devil is changing

            2. re: vulber

              I was just reading it off the Google map.

              I always say "Polk Street" myself, but Google finds a hundred references in the past month. Real estate listings, Curbed, Eater, CBS, Bay Area Reporter, Bold Italic, Polk Street Gazette, etc.

      2. Ooh, open till 11 including Sundays and Mondays. I hope that lasts.

        1. The food is very good. New American aka fairly modern like Outerlands with some very good pasta (No surprise)

          Ravioli and Duck are must gets..

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          1. re: Foodnut8

            Mmm, thanks for the nod! As usual, you're one of the first to try a new spot.

            How's the noise level? There was an earlier question about the hard surfaces.

          2. went a couple weeks ago during a weekday. tables are reservations only and were fully booked. walk in seating available at the bar and the communal table by the window in the front of the restaurant. waited about 20 minutes for a seat for two at the communal table. have a feeling this wait will only be getting longer as time passes.

            we had the lobster ceviche with caramelized coconut, pineapple & coriander; roasted peach and arugula salad; uni bucatini; pork cheek cavatelli; and a dessert which is slipping my mind right now (clearly not as memorable as the savory!). small cube of pressed honeydew was served as amuse bouche.

            lobster, although precious in size and presentation, was a great combination of flavors. salad was good but not special (although roasted peaches were delightful at peak of season). highlights for me were the pastas. bucatini had a wonderful toothsome feel, brininess of uni was perfectly complemented by just the right amount of heat. i would order this dish again and again. the cavatelli was also very good, perfectly al dente, flavors while very well executed with small cubes of tender pork cheek was a bit more mainstream. i felt both dishes were better than anything i had at acquerello (but i may be in the minority here).

            service was friendly and quite efficient for first full opening week. saw the duck sandwich was quite popular...on my must try list for next time.

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            1. re: huckleberry

              Thanks for giving us a first look. Here's the photo of the uni bucatini . . . yes, I want that, please.
              http://static.squarespace.com/static/...

              Interesting that the tables are reservations only. From this statement in the biz journal interview, would have expected more set aside for walk-ins.

              "That’s the goal with 1760 — it’s one you can go to on a Wednesday night. You’re there for an hour, you eat and you leave. I think that’s how people want to eat right now. Quick, delicious, well-prepared and thoughtful food, where it doesn’t have to be such an event to eat out."

            2. I stopped by on my way home from work this evening. This is exactly what Nob Hill (or, err, Polk St.) was missing: a casual place with good food, great cocktails, and the option of bar or table service.

              I liked the fact that I was given an amuse bouche even when sitting at the bar. I didn't catch all of the details, but there was compressed cucumber, and some more pungent vegetables as well. A really nice touch for a more casual restaurant.

              I had two of their drinks: the garam masala-cardamom and the basil-mezcal sour. The GMC was outstanding. It reminded me of the aromas you take in while hiking in the peninsula and south bay (that's a good thing), and it was very well balanced. The BMS was pretty good, but maybe a bit too in-your-face. I wish there was a bit more variety to the cocktail menu, but all of the drinks look good and like they're designed to work well with food.

              To eat, I had the shishito peppers and the cavatelli. The peppers were a good appetizer, roasted and topped with nuts and olives. A very good savory appetizer. The cavatelli was ... I just wish I'd had a bit more. You definitely got the vinegar the pork cheek was braised in. It was bright and assertive, and went well with the rustic tomato sauce.

              Definitely worth stopping by if you're anywhere close to Nob Hill.

              1. We stopped in for dinner, an early one at just before 6, so it was not yet full but was when we left. Definitely not quiet but we could hear each other while we were there despite hard surfaces, in answer to previous query. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917047
                Service was excellent. Wine list impressive (no surprise given 1760 relationship to Acquerello). Small plates menu perfect for two to share. We had Torched Hamachi Tartare, the only minor disappointment: what was torched? why tartare when hamachi was diced? and fish overwhelmed by cucumber puree on which it sat and which I could have eaten a bowl of. Grilled Brussels Sprouts were salty and oily (in a good way for me) and the dish was highlighted by great crispy onion strings. Cavatelli with pork shoulder was perfectly al dente as mentioned above by huckleberry, pork pleasing and the tomato sauce was really fine and not overly applied. The grilled hanger steak was done sous vide and had the usual softness of meat done that way; also a bit more done than I would prefer, although tasty. It was served on a caramelized onion puree which was a highlight of the entire meal--give me a bowl of that too. My wife had a milk chocolate ganache for dessert which I only tasted; it seemed fine although dark chocolate would have pleased me more, but then I am not a dessert person: vin santo and a cookie is my idea of dessert. In short, it was an enjoyable dinner with many good tastes, even when the background might have been more satisfying than the main element in some dishes we had. These plus four glasses of wine and the total came to $144. Seemed like a bargain to me.

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                1. re: alfairfax

                  It was fairly 'lively' = loud when full.. Typical high end resto trying to create a buzzy atmosphere.

                  They do have a 15-seat communal table.

                  Finally had a chance to put up some pictures:
                  http://www.foodnut.com/1422/1760-rest...

                2. Enjoyed 1760 quite a bit. We went the week before the negative M. Bauer review in the Chronicle.

                  I got a decent reservation time after ignoring the Open Table times and calling the restaurant directly, after 3 pm. They got me a great time.

                  DRINKS

                  Cocktails were great: I had the bourbon Buck and my DH had the mango/run concoction. After his first cocktail, DH had an reasonable catalanian red which he loved.

                  SERVICE

                  Outstanding. Isabella was lovely from start to finish.

                  AMBIANCE

                  Loud but fun

                  FOOD

                  Well it was mixed. We loved the crab siracha, liked the crispy Octopus (Bauer did not). Disappointing were the mushy squash pasta and the overdressed pears frisee.

                  Both desserts were lovely (chocolate ganache and the pound cake/bourbon ice cream dish - which was comped!) but not memorable.

                  So in a way I completely disagree with Bauer's review -- I would definitely try 1760. But in some ways he was correct, the dishes are not very consistent. If all the plates had shon the vivacity of that dungeness crab salad with the little dots of siracha on the side. If so, 1760 would have hit a home run.

                  A very very fun evening.. just so many choices in SF!