Status: Open today
It's impossible to miss the massive yellow duck that welcomes diners to Lucky Duck by Square One, the newest seasonal Cali endeavor from Square One and Gingergrass owner John Himelstein and partners Manao Davidson and D'nell Larson. What was long ago SiLa Bistro is now home to an intimate 40-seat restaurant cheffed by Bryan Stevens (Water Grill, Gingergrass), only open for dinner at the moment, but weekend brunch is expected to roll out in the spring. The menu features approachable New American plates made with farmers market ingredients, pretty much a matured dinner companion to Square One, which closes daily at 3 p.m. The inaugural bill of fare features dishes like Hachiya persimmon with coffee and mizuna; a grass-finished beef ribeye from DeyDey ranch topped with a bone marrow and herb salad; farro fettuccine pesto with flageolet beans; and a DeyDey ranch burger with smoked Gouda, harissa aioli and a beef tomato. Local wine pro Lou Amdur is behind the restaurant's wine list. Hours of operation run Wednesday to Monday from 5:30 to 10: 30 p.m.
Additional Reading: Coming Attractions, 8/6