Lovely Mother's Day BrunchLots of great choices for everyone and all was delicious!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst timerMy partner & I went here for the first time for a congratulatory dinner and really liked 25 Lusk. I really enjoyed our server's knowledge and recommendations, helping us to pick a couple of good wines. We had the steak and the pork dishes and we both loved the steak and were both "meh" about the pork. Our appetizers were great: octopus sausage and baby carrot salad. And we really liked the space - a great combo of rustic, old SOMA building with sleek looking furniture and lights. Other than the pork entree being a mixed bag, the meal was great. It is on the pricey side, so not somewhere i'll do frequently.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant - terrible barThe restaurant food and service was excellent.
The bar was not. We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation. it was slow, yet the bartender took 10 minutes to take our first drink order and even though we explicitly stated we had a 6pm dinner reservation and wanted to try a second cocktail before we headed up he never returned until we called him over for our check.
So go to eat but not drink.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWas a great all-around experience!Was a great all-around experience! Amazing flavors that I didn't know existed plus excellent ambience and service. It's a special-occasion kind of place that somehow pulls off a very comfortable environment. Highly recommended.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLusk is a neighborhood spotLusk is a neighborhood spot that is worth investigating. The wine pairing on the tasting menu is very reasonably priced in comparison to bottle prices. The only negative I've found is that the upstairs dining area gets warm after the bar becomes crowded downstairs. Need ot do a better job maintaining the room temperature for the (high end) paying customers upstairs.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGo for small plates and cocktailsGo the 25 Lusk for small bites, snacks, and appetizers with cocktails. The cocktails are amazing! The small plates are delicious and perfect proportions to order a few and share with a small group.
I recently went for dinner and did the tasting menu with the wine pairings and unfortunately it was not worth the price. The food was delicious, but the wine pairings, though interesting, didn't complement the food and it was distracting. Avoid the tasting menu, go for the cocktails, and order several apps or small plates. That experience is definitely worth it and a great spot for a romantic night for 2 or a hip place to go to with a small group of friends.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMKitchen has improved dramaticallyKitchen has improved dramatically from our last visit. Ingredients have become more simply presented and the flavors meld nicely. My pasta was incredible and my husband had a great tuna dish. The prices are a bit "pricey" but its a great place for a get together with friends.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTaste Bud Ecstasy!Run don't walk to 25 Lusk. Very foodie centric. Portion sizes on entree's substantial. Must try the short rib or stuffed octopus appetizers. 25 Lusk has the Mediterrean, Middle East, and African flavors mastered. Kudos to the chef for the explosion of multiple layers of varying flavors going on all at once. Very cool, Manhattan ambiance.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMexquisitely designed atmosphere,exquisitely designed atmosphere, knowledgeable server (Christina) who was attentive and helpful in making menu choices, but was not invasive in any way. Do not miss the side dish of cauliflower with manchego and brie "fondue." The lobster appetizer was petite but delicious and the vegetarian pasta as well as the vegan risotto were delicate and flavorful. In addition to the restaurant, the beautiful bar area downstairs is casual and appealing.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food and service.Fantastic food and service. From the time we walked in until we left.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMamazing!!!!!!!!!!! fantasticamazing!!!!!!!!!!! fantastic place, and menu!!! we have been there 5 times in 2013!!!! go on, changing the menu, with new inventive plates4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat VibeWith two floors, I was worried that the super hip vibe in the downstairs "lounge" would be left behind when we headed upstairs to our 8:45 dinner reservations. The cocktails were so good and the area was so big and open, we almost cancelled our dinner reservation and just stayed on our comfy lounge-area couch. After all, you can get the full menu downstairs.
We went upstairs to a proper table, and were pleasantly surprised. The hip and vibrant vibe continued but was met by a knowledgeable-yet-nonintrusive wait staff. The food is tasty and complicates, bordering on pretentious. In other words, it was exactly what we were looking for.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food were a littleService and food were a little slow in the restaurant upstairs, but otherwise very good. we found ourselves waiting 15-20mins between each course and dinner took a solid 2 hours from sitting down until finishing dessert. I'll still go back but will probably eat in the impressive lounge downstairs.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!! Going back everyAmazing!! Going back every time we come to town!!!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my second time inThis was my second time in the private room at 25 Luck. The service was wonderfil but nothing can compare to the food. The lobster Benedict was incomparable, and I've had alot of lobster in my life. We had an amazing time celebrating a birthday and Easter with just the right amount of privacy and attention.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOnly batting 500The space is amazing no matter what stop in for a drink. We ordered the tasting menu with hopes of a line up of big hitters. The first course was an experiment of imbalanced flavors & textures and a complete strike out. The second course less disappointing but a "walk" at best. The third course was excellent and made an admirable seventh inning comeback attempt. The dessert was a home-run but still couldn't bring home the win. The wine pairings were good but unremarkable, back to the minors for those Portuguese selections! The chef clearly has some talent, but is only batting five hundred on his flavor and texture combinations. Lusk will need to do better for my recommendation.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a very special "thankIt was a very special "thank you" dinner for a client and a friend. I couldn't take the chance of having something go wrong. In this case I relied on the reviews on Opentable and selected 25 Lusk. It was everything those reviews said and MORE. The service was amazing (over the top really), the food was unique and special (with every detail included -- and international travelers, the lamb was better than we have had around the world!) The atmosphere was fun and vibrant. I will definitely go back and can say the same for our friends who were very, very impressed. We had a perfect evening.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter having an outstandingAfter having an outstanding brunch here, I just had to come back for a dinner, and it was great. All 5 of us had something different on the menu and the food was excellent.
Very interesting choices. The only bad review was for one of the martinis.
As a side note, we came from Market and Powell, and finding a cab at night is a chore. I didn't realize that the Muni has a stop nearby, so next time we'll hop from the BART to the Muni.Definitely worth the trip.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGo out of your comfort zoneLoved the octopus sausage and the pork belly. I would definitely get it again. You have to go out of your comfort zone when going to this place. Food was excellent. Would love to go back when I visit San Fran again.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the food and the sleekI loved the food and the sleek elegant look of the place as well as the service. The food was a bit on the rich side, so not for everyone. I was very pleasantly surprised by the lobster with ice cream - it was REALLY good. My whole table thought so. The lamb chops come with a fabulous sauce, which I would put the sauce on the side next time - I loved it but not too much - it is rich! They accidentally did not save my "doggie" bag, so they re-made my dish to take home. Very Gary Denko of them! It is very expensive, but this is not what you make at home! My out of town guests LOVED it. Wish the chef would come out and visit with the peeps - his cousin sent me there, and I did not get to meet him.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for work dinner withGreat for work dinner with somebody who loves good food and cocktails. A bit pricey but absolutely delicious.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular service. GreatSpectacular service. Great attention to detail. Knowledgable staff and a great menu with varied and complex flavors!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat time and wonderful meal;Great time and wonderful meal; attentive service; hip atmosphere; definitely a top tier dining experience. Highly recommended.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time at 25We had a great time at 25 Lusk! We took my partner's parents here for their anniversary (visiting from Chile).
They were very impressed with the seafood options and the entrees themselves.
Appetizers are on the smaller side, but were followed by filling entrees.
Would definitely recommend 25 Lusk for a special occasion or for foodies!
The ambience is warm with a very modern, dark appeal inside.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM