Waxman’s in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square is the latest venture for Berkeley-born-and-raised chef Jonathan Waxman, who was recently named Best Chef New York by the James Beard Foundation.
Waxman is famous for popularizing California cuisine in New York, and for mentoring chefs such as Bobby Flay and Tom Colicchio. The focus here is on Cal-Ital with pastas, wood roasted farm stand vegetables, meats and fish and fresh salads featuring seasonal ingredients.
Waxman worked with Boor Bridges Architecture to restore the 6,500 square-foot former warehouse at Ghirardelli Square. The space includes two solid walnut bars seating 20, bentwood barstools, a 75-seat café with cypress wood tables and Fermob chairs, and a 110-seat dining room with walnut tables and Thonet chairs.