Kim Alter's Nightbird Opens Its Hayes Valley Nest This Week


The lights are coming on at Nightbird. Photo via @nightbirdsf on Instagram.

Exciting news: Kim Alter is finally opening ~NIGHTBIRD~, her first solo project in Hayes Valley, in the former Stelline and Las Estrellas location. Eater reports it should open this Thursday August 18th.

Back in March, I mentioned the 38-seat room will have custom tables and chairs, with a frosted glass view into the kitchen. It will be a tasting menu format, with 5 strong courses, about 10 in all when you count the amuses, bread, and takeaway treat ($125, tax and tip included). It will change often (Alter goes to farmers’ markets daily), and look for some fun courses and whimsy with the plating and more.

There is also the adjoining Linden Room: a seven-seat bar serving a menu of classic and new cocktailsl. The room feels very Art Deco-meets-New York hotel in the ’30s, with lots of woodwork, etched glass, and a carpeted floor—a muralist even painted clouds on the ceiling. The barware and glassware are also vintage. (You enter the bar from Linden Street.) Reservations available now. Open Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm. 330 Gough St. at Hayes, 415-829-7565.