Opening a restaurant in August 2020 is a feat unto itself. Opening a restaurant in August 2020 as a takeout-only operation, pivoting to full-service, and instantly winning a Michelin star is a whole different kind of magic, one that you’ll find on display at Marlena. Now, the husband-and-wife team of chefs David Fisher and Serena Chow Fisher have reopened Marlena after taking a beat and completing a full remodel of the 110-year-old Edwardian building that houses the restaurant. The cozy but sophisticated 34-seat space (plus a 24-seat parklet hugging Precita Park) feels like going to a dinner party at a friend’s house—if that friend has undeniably impeccable taste. Regardless, it’s well suited to Marlena’s seasonal, daily-changing $65 four-course prix-fixe menu where you might encounter dishes like fresh Tagliatelle served with beef shoulder sugo and chanterelle mushrooms or a Kabocha Squash Cheesecake.
How to book: Reservations are available via Resy.