SOMEWHERE IN SAN FRANCISCO’S FINANCIAL DISTRICT lies a little island getaway where vintage champagne and fresh oysters await those looking to escape the city if only for a little while…Leo’s Oyster Bar is where the Golden era of glamour comes alive through its utterly tiki chic décor and resort-like ambiance.
Each corner and room is a thoughtfully designed intimate setting: lunch in the Tiki lounge mixed with vintage tropical bar stools in the floral atrium, walls painted with a bespoke botanical print by creative director Jake Mogelson, a fern-filled conservatory perfect for enjoying a proper Martini.
Appropriately polished and delightfully quirky, Leo’s Oyster Bar was honored as Bon Appétit magazine’s “Best Designed Restaurant” of 2016 and has already been featured in Architectural Digest’s July issue.
Designed by Jon de la Cruz and Ken Fulk, it has been joked that the décor resembles the thought that perhaps, “Don Draper and Betsy Bloomingdale had a baby.” Fulk has also described it to be a place where one could come dressed in the finest attire and enjoy a “1950s Beverly Hills meets Manhattan club.”
“Quintessentially masculine space that introduces tension with feminine qualities.” – Ken Fulk
There are rattan furnishings and cheetah cushions to lounge comfortably in while drinking island-inspired cocktails, most notably the “Bloody Mer”, with its seafood play on words. Such a playfully unapologetic attitude for this tropical treat in northern California!
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Quote source: Architectural Digest