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The gist: 252 California Street has had an illustrious history in San Francisco’s restaurant lore—the former home of Chef Michael Mina’s Aqua, and later, his eponymous flagship restaurant, the space has now been transformed into Estiatorio Ornos, a Michael Mina Restaurant that serves as an homage to the flavors and feelings of the Greek Isles. The space, meant to evoke sun-drenched Ornos Beach, features a palate of blue and white accented with Mediterranean hues.
The food: The menu is meant to be shared, and is all about bright, fresh seafood preparations, with fish sourced both locally and from the Aegean Sea courtesy of the restaurant’s (and San Francisco’s first) “Fish Sommelier.” Fish is available in a wide variety of preparations, from grape-leaf-wrapped to salt-crusted to simply grilled with olive oil and lemon. Classic Greek flavors can be found in starters like tzatziki and saganaki, plus mains like grilled lamb chops and filet mignon souvlaki.
The cost: Starters, salads, and sides are $9-$27, mains are $34-$62. A four-course tasting menu is available for $115 per person. Happy hour dishes range from $2 oysters to a $14 trio of spreads.