Now Open: State Bird (This Weekend), Taps Social House and Kitchen, and Maruya


The bar at Taps. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


The sushi bar at Maruya. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


The entry and seating at Maruya. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

After closing for a remodel and expansion, the team at ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ is getting ready to reopen on Friday October 18th for a two-day soft opening (we outlined the changes in a previous entry here)—this weekend is no reservations/walk-in only, so take your chances on getting a table! Then they close on Sunday and will be up and running full-time on Monday October 21st.

Not only will they be serving Sunday dinner from now on, but the new space has some additional design touches, plus two tables for large groups (dubbed the alcove tables). They each accommodate six to eight people, or can be reserved together for a group of sixteen. Reservations are available at 5:30-6pm or 8-8:30pm, and groups can choose to order a tasting menu of small plates, or everything on the menu. The reservations situation is a little confusing, so bear with us here: they will not be taking reservations for their first two days open, Friday October 18th and Saturday the 19th. However, on Wednesday October 16th at 1pm, they will open a block of 60 days of reservations, with dates starting October 21st. So snag them soon! Hours this Friday and Saturday are 5:30pm-11pm; moving forward, they’ll be Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm. Welcome back to your nest, State Bird team!

~TAPS SOCIAL HOUSE AND KITCHEN~ opened on Thursday October 10th in Russian Hill. As previously reported in tablehopper, the large space seats 170, with 28 beers on draft and a full menu (and plenty of TVs to watch any games that are on). Chef Michael Lamina’s brasserie-meets-gastropub menu, which you can peek at here, includes plenty of meaty roasts, some for large groups, like the leg of lamb or the suckling pig. You’ll also find an impressive terrine board, poutine, a burger, and macaroni and cheese. In addition, the back of the restaurant is devoted to a raw bar, with oysters and clams on the half shell.

In the beverage department, cocktails come from Jesse Ostroski (formerly of Bigfoot Lodge), and will include three or four seasonal offerings. There are four white and four red wines on tap, plus all those aforementioned beers. Look for draft offerings from Pine Street, Bear Republic, and Lagunitas. For now, hours are Sun-Thu 4pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 4pm-12am; lunch and weekend brunch and later hours are forthcoming. 1516 Broadway at Polk, 415-673-1459.

We’ve been following the story of the former Bar Bambino closely (i.e., stalking), and finally got some info on the opening of ~MARUYA~. The sushi spot from chef Masaki Sasaki and partner Raymond Feliciano is set to open tonight, Tuesday October 15th. The space is full of warm wood, including a thick charred-wood bar and raw-edged slabs along the front window. The space is still pretty sleek, though, with smooth paneled walls behind the sushi bar, and clean simple lines throughout. The dinner menu is sushi-focused, with some broiled appetizers and salads to start. The sushi list will change daily, depending on what is available, and includes both sashimi and sushi. The beverage list includes both sake and wine, and some seriously spendy bubbles. Hours are Tue-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm. 2931 16th St. at Capp, 415-378-6667.