Folks in the Outer Richmond must be so stoked with all the new businesses opening, first Pearl and now VIOLET’S, a new bar and restaurant from Fiorella (and just a few doors down). It has a tavern style, with a raw bar, late-night menu, cocktails, and yes, a double-patty Tavern Burger.
The corner spot is from Boris Nemchenok, Brandon Gillis, and chef Dante Cecchini, while Patrick Poelvoorde (Park Tavern, Benjamin Cooper) consulted on the bar program, which includes some original creations and spins on classics too. One is the Negroni Mi Amore on tap (Treecraft gin, St. George Terroir gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Alessio vermouth, and Campari). The wine list will be focused on domestic picks, with plenty of bubbles.
The menu will include East and West Coast oysters, shrimp cocktail, chilled lobster, crudo, baked stuffed clams (!), plus some cured, fried, and grilled seafood. Bar snacks include devils on horseback (with dates, Nueske’s bacon, and Gorgonzola), along with steak tartare, wings, and a big artichoke with lemon aioli. Larger plates include a porterhouse steak for two, fried chicken with hot honey, and grilled lamb kebabs with warm potatoes and yogurt dressing. There’s also a shrimp Louie roll that sounds amazing.
Designer Melinda Turner does it once again with some fun Flavor Paper wallpaper (at Fiorella, it’s their Bay Area icons wallpaper, with Alice Waters, Angela Davis, E-40, Joe Montana, and Dennis Richmond of KTVU Channel 2) and a walnut bar, plus dark blue leather banquettes and blond wood bar stools, plus some shimmer from a large Capiz oyster shell globe chandelier.
Violet’s will be open for cocktails and dinner Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-12am, with an all-day menu offered during weekend daytime hours coming soon. Violet’s will also offer a weekday happy hour Mon-Fri 5pm-6pm. 2301 Clement St. at 24th Ave., 415-682-4861.
The exterior of Violet’s in the Outer Richmond. Photo: Grace Sager Photography.