A modern Russian kitchen, Birch & Rye is a true newcomer to San Francisco’s food scene, showcasing wide-reaching historic and geographic interpretations of Russian cuisine through a California lens, courtesy of chef-owner Anya El-Wattar. The bright, airy Noe Valley space is replete with warm woods tones, neutral shades and, appropriately, birch trees. Some dishes may appear familiar to lovers of Eastern fare, but Birch & Rye’s iterations of Borscht, Pelmeni, and Stroganoff have a decidedly modern, California-influenced vibe. Other hits on the changing menu may include cured salmon, wood-fired potatoes and mushrooms laced with duck fat and dill, Wagyu beef served with roasted cabbage, and Georgian Khachapuri, loaded with cheese and crowned with an egg yolk. Naturally, the caviar service is well worth exploring, and pairs wonderfully with vodka, a selection of cocktails, and a wine list showcasing Californian, French, and Georgian varietals.
How to book: Make reservations via Tock.