This Week's Opening News: Dante's Table, Pisto's Tacos, Osso Steakhouse


The bar at Dante’s Table. Photo by Juan Romero Corral via Facebook.


The interior at Osso Steakhouse. Photo by Misha Bruk.


The custom tables at La Paloma Café. Photo by Michele Mandell.

As previously mentioned in tablehopper, ~DANTE’S TABLE~ is now open in the Castro. For your viewing pleasure, here’s the latest copy of the lunch menu by chef Andrea Cesca. Initial opening hours: Lunch is 11:30am-2:30pm and dinner Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Closed Mondays. 544 Castro St. at 19th St., 415-529-2797.

Another opening reminder: as originally announced in tablehopper, Pete Mrabe’s ~PISTO’S TACOS~ is slated to open on Thursday May 2nd. The drill: street-style tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, a smaller version of the Pisto’s burger (for $4), burritos, housemade tamales, and about 40 beers (plus micheladas and potent wine-based margaritas). Hours to start will be nightly 5pm-11pm; lunch coming soon. 1310 Grant Ave. at Vallejo.

Opening Friday May 3rd is ~OSSO STEAKHOUSE~ in the Gramercy Towers (previously the historic Vanessi’s) on Nob Hill. As noted before on tablehopper, Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo are behind the project (The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, The Stinking Rose, Calzone’s, and the revamped The Old Clam House), partnering with Dante Serafini. The Dal Bozzos and Serafini co-owned Boboquivari’s—the locally loved steakhouse on Lombard Street—along with Andrea Froncillo, who is now the sole owner of Bobo’s. The name of the restaurant means “bone,” which all makes sense when you see the menu specifically highlights four- to six-week dry-aged, bone-in prime beef. The restaurant has a swank, Art Deco-inspired look. Open nightly 5pm-10pm; valet is $10. 1177 California St. at Jones, 415-771-6776.

Speaking of Bobo’s, Scoop mentioned Andrea Froncillo has taken over Amigo Cantina, which was next door to Bobo’s. He’ll be opening ~BOBO’S LOUNGE~ in its place. There will be cocktails and a bar menu; look for a July opening. 1434 Lombard St. at Van Ness.

Back in January, I mentioned ~LA PALOMA CAFÉ~, which looks pretty damn close to opening (the current word is it will soft open on Friday, with an official opening Monday). As previously noted, it’s the former Top o’ the Hill Market, and they will be serving espresso from Weaver’s Coffee in San Rafael, plus soups, sandwiches, salads, gelato, and more. 1096 Union St. at Leavenworth.