There's a Refreshed Feeling at State Bird Provisions, Serpentine, Belcampo, and Absinthe


A peek at the new chairs, counter, lighting, and artwork at State Bird. Instagram photo via @statebirdprovisions.


Old Bay egg salad on griddled brioche at Serpentine. Photo: Kristen Loken.

A bunch of SF restaurants took advantage of the Labor Day holiday to close for some refreshes and updates, and here’s the reopening report. ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ was closed for a bit more than the holiday. If you manage to snag a table (they totally jammed OpenTable when they reopened their reservation books!), you’ll note new surfaces, artwork, lighting, seating, and more.

Another big refresh was at Dogpatch’s ~SERPENTINE~, which just reopens today (September 12th) after a month-plus of demo with a new look—you’ll note larger windows letting in more light, a larger dining room, a new bar, and more. The new chef-owner Tommy Halvorson’s menu features some Southern references (he’s from Kentucky), from pimento cheese to honey fried chicken. Sign me up for the Old Bay egg salad on griddled brioche for lunch. And cochinita fritters with a cocktail. Speaking of, the cocktails look great, and there is more attention on the craft beer list on tap as well. Hours are Mon-Fri 10:30am-2:30pm, dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and weekend brunch 10am-3pm.

Over on Russian Hill, ~BELCAMPO~ reopened their restaurant and butcher shop, featuring an all-day menu of their signature burgers, including the Fast Burger, the Belcampo Burger (with white cheddar, caramelized onions, butter lettuce, and house sauce), and the 100-Day Dry-Aged Burger (with raclette, caramelized onions, and whole-grain mustard aioli—that funky enough for ya?). At the counter, you’ll find some grab-and-go items (soups and stocks, ready-to-cook meats, salads, and meal kits). The restaurant is open daily 11am-8pm, and the butcher shop is open 10am-8pm. 1998 Polk St. at Pacific, 415-660-5573.

Just so you know, ~ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR~ is also back open with a refreshed space.