Update on Verbena, Coming to Russian Hill Before the End of the Year


The doors will be open soon enough. Photo courtesy of Verbena.

We received a bit of an update on ~VERBENA~, the upcoming project from Berkeley’s Gather crew that’s due to open in the former Marbella/Rex Cafe space. The new target for the opening is mid-December. To recap, chef Sean Baker will be creating a menu of contemporary seasonal California cuisine, and wine director Michael Ireland (previously French Laundry, Quince, Restaurant at Meadowood) will be pairing oh-so-delicious wines (his list is going to be very producer-driven).

The space is 2,200 square feet and will have room for 58, plus 12 seats in the upstairs mezzanine, and eventually (hopefully) room for 16 at outside tables. Abueg Morris Architects (Nopalito, Comal, Hi Lo BBQ, Roam) is behind the renovation. The bar area has been moved; FYI for those who know the space well. Verbena will serve dinner nightly, plus weekend brunch. 2323 Polk St. at Green.