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Birch & Rye, San Francisco, CA
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Birch & Rye

4.4
4.4
17 Reviews
$50 and over
Russian
BIRCH & RYE presents a modern interpretation of Russian cuisine. Using premium and niche ingredients, the restaurant reimagines Russian food through a California lens, featuring unique takes on traditional plates that are deconstructed. Chef Owner Anya El-Wattar, a Russian-born émigré and a decades-long SF resident, believes there is no better way to connect than through lively conversation and creatively imagined food. She began cooking with her mother in Moscow and received formal training at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. She also cooked at Greens in Fort Mason, and successfully ran a catering and non-profit, The Butterfly Social.

Among the light & seasonal dishes at Birch & Rye are several GF and vegan options. The beverage program features infused vodkas & Eastern European wines.

Our 20% quality of life service charge is split among our staff and allows for a higher than average hourly wage, 100% coverage of health insurance and a 401K w/match.

Photos (C) Sarah Felker

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Vegan, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 796-2265

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Anya El-Wattar

  • Neighborhood

    Noe Valley

  • Cross street

    24th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Near 3 bus stops: Castro and 24th, Diamond and 25th, 24th and Noe.

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu

    Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2023
    A seasonally inspired five course chef's tasting menu is available for $125. A wine pairing is available for $99. Supplemental courses, additions, and a full beverage menu are also available to complement your meal.
  • Vegan Five Course Chef's Tasting Menu

    Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2023
    A seasonally inspired vegan five course chef's tasting menu is available for $125. A wine pairing is available for $99. Supplemental courses, additions, and a full beverage menu are also available to complement your meal.
  • Valentine's Celebration 7 Course Tasting Menu

    $175.00 per person

    Feb 14 - Feb 16, 2023
    Chef Anya is curating a special Valentine's Celebration 7 Course Menu, encompassing classic Birch & Rye dishes and featured offerings!

What 17 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Romantic

  • San Francisco

    Healthy

  • San Francisco

    Romantic

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  1. HF

    HeatherFoodieSF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a truly a gem and a win for Noe Valley and San Francisco. Anya El-Watter has thought of every detail and transports the guest on a magical journey of her home region with a modern twist. Bravo! A must visit.
  2. S

    Sharon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Randomly came across this restaurant and their vegan tasting menu! Everything was exceptional and delicious. Would definitely come back again to try their summer tasting menu
  3. GL

    GLENND

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I had dined with you 6 months ago and it was amazing start to finish. This time was disappointing especially the Stroganoff. The pasta was gummy and difficult to separate and the sauce was bland and barely room temperature . We didn’t realize with the description of ingredients that was no beef.This was surprising and unfortunate as I brought back with me good friends with high expectations. The soup was tasty as was the pickle board. So expensive for a mediocre experience!
  4. B

    Baxter

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stunning and creative presentation and menu. The food is delicious and spectacularly creative. The plating is what you would see at a three star Michelin restaurant. Interestingly it has a Vegan tasting option which has to be one of the best in San Francisco. I will use this as a regular option for business dinners when I have vegetarian or Vegan clients.
  5. A

    Ajwsf

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    So went for a special occasion, and expected it to be expensive. But was not entirely expecting $600+ for 2 people for 1 moderate bottle of champagne, a 50g caviar service and 2 mains. The ambiance is more open kitchen semi casual Californian....so there is a mismatch of luxe pricing and environment. It's also alot of paperwork and explaining, given the options of a la carte, prix fixe, caviar, etc etc. I'd simplify the menu. The caviar was excellent. I prefer the way Jardinere used to present blini---freshly griddled and still warm and slightly crispy on the edges....but that's a quibble. Other food was also v good. Service was pleasant and attentive.
  6. R

    Reliable

    San Francisco

    206 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant. The food and service are outstanding. The interior design is lovely. Minor note: the music did not match the ambiance. It detracted from the experience. My only real objection is to some of the prices. The bill for three of us without a lot of food or booze was $450. Then again, I asked for a glass of wine to pair with the stroganoff for under $20 and got an excellent Georgian red. I won’t be going every week, but will be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dishes weee not only inventive and tasty l, but finely executed. The service was fantastic too. We will return!
  8. MN

    MN19

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

    Birch & RyeResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you so much for your five star review! We look forward to welcoming you back to B&R!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere for a date night.

    Birch & RyeResponded on December 13, 2022Thank you so much for your five star review! We look forward to welcoming you back to Birch & Rye!

  10. RS

    RuthS

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the vegan tasting menu and it was fabulous! An amazing combination of traditional and new flavors! If you are vegan this is a the place to go for special occasions or anytime really. Service was spot on and the ambience is spectacular!

    Birch & RyeResponded on December 13, 2022Hi Ruth! Thank you so much for your five star review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Birch & Rye!

  11. m

    mp00

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A bit ridiculous to charge 20% gratuity and then 5% health fee
  12. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was excellent the food was delicious the service was impeccable beautiful surroundings owner was very knowledgeable totally friendly will be going back again soon

    Birch & RyeResponded on December 13, 2022hi Michael! Thank you so much for your five star review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Birch & Rye!

  13. AK

    AnyaK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food and a lovely staff. The cocktails were interesting and tasty. The presentation of the food was phenomenal. They have a seasonal tasting menu so we are planning to come back to see whats next.

    Birch & RyeResponded on December 13, 2022hi Anya! Thank you so much for your five star review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Birch & Rye!

  14. J

    Jojo

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, unusual cocktails. Portions small...probably best value is the tasting menu. Lovely special occasion place. Service was awesome, explaining the menu and options.
  15. HK

    HinduKush

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated my wife's birthday here in true style. Excellent food and a superior wine list (many from Georgia that were truly impressive. For those unused to Russian/East European cuisine, this must serve as an essential introduction to a dazzling array of mouth watering dishes, not to be denied to eager American palettes. I recommend this restaurant highly. What is particularly impressive is that every item in the Vegan menu is not just an apology for the main menu, but competes with in every way .. if not more! Starting with the hors d'oeuvres, a magical composition of unusual pickled vegetable combinations (Not your usual sauerkraut) set off against some sparkling Champagne and/or ice cold Vodka infusions(try the horseradich infused vodka). Continuing with the Borscht which is the jewel in the crown, but there is so much more...the Lamb was a revelation and probably the best I have eaten in recemt times. definitely my vote for this restaurants' pièce de résistance. The finish was not anticlimax either with hexagonal honey cake and what else but a Grand Cru Montrachet? Service was very attentive and welcoming. What are you waiting for?
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super knowledgeable, warm, intimate. Unique experience to make a memory. The staff spent special attention to make our out of town visitor feel at home.
  17. CC

    CatherineC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dinner and service. They accommodated our dietary restriction and gluten allergy, and we were thrilled with our meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Birch & Rye is rated 4.4 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Birch & Rye

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-3621

Additional information

  • Cross street

    24th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Noe Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Vegan, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Near 3 bus stops: Castro and 24th, Diamond and 25th, 24th and Noe.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Anya El-Wattar

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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