Chef Ron Siegel Opens Madcap, San Anselmo Lets Out a Cheer


Shima aji, oboro kombu, melon, radish, kombu salt. Photo courtesy of Madcap.


The bohemian style of Madcap. Photo courtesy of Madcap.

Chef Ron Siegel has been a well-known chef at some of SF’s finer establishments (Michael Mina, The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, Masa’s, Charles Nob Hill, and Aqua), as well as Yountville’s The French Laundry, and now after two decades of working for others, he has opened his first solo restaurant, ~MADCAP~ in San Anselmo.

You can order à la carte (menu here), but there’s also a chef’s tasting menu ($80 for 8 courses). Dishes will feature Siegel’s technique-driven style, with plenty of Japanese influences (one of his trademarks). In addition to the wine and international beers (look for some Japanese selections), there are also some seasonal sake cocktails, like the Chiyo Chiller, with Choya umeshu (plum liqueur), lemonade, sparkling water, and mint.

The 47-seat space was previously Lincoln Park Wine Bar and was completely remodeled with some help from designer Michael Brennan, now featuring Venetian plaster walls, chandeliers, dark wood tabletops, and velvet banquettes, plus there’s a cozy bar with a marble countertop. The design was meant to be approachable but still sophisticated and destination-worthy. Open for dinner Mon and Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm (closed Tue-Wed). 198 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, 415-453-9898.