The Vault Steakhouse
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The gist: Fewer pandemic pivots were as splashy and successful as Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group’s The Vault Garden. Now, the team has seized the opportunity to reopen their stunning indoor space at 555 California as a classic yet modern steakhouse, perfect for special occasion outings, date nights, and satisfying the most carnivorous of tendencies. Housed in a literal former bank vault, the space taps into comfort and decadence with sleek black surfaces, leather banquettes, velvet details, a slatted wood ceiling, and repurposed safe deposit boxes behind the bar.
The food: Decadent comfort reigns supreme at this new school steakhouse, with starters such as pigs in a blanket featuring house-made sausage and fancy tater tots topped with caviar, an on-point Caesar salad prepared tableside, and a raw bar that’s basically begging to be paired with a martini. Of course, steak is the main event, with five cuts of Black Angus steak from Kansas, along with a whole lobster and truffle-stuffed chicken.
The cost: Starters and salads are $14-$27, steaks are $39-$120 for a tomahawk for two.
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Opening a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic is no small feat, but opening a restaurant concept specifically designed to fit our pandemic moment is an exercise of true agility. Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group, the team behind Trestle and Corridor, did just that with The Vault Garden, a 100-seat, fully outdoor restaurant. In addition to a roster of built-in safety protocols, there's a tailored-for-the-elements food menu from chef Robin Song, along with wine, beer, and cocktails. The Vault Garden is also hosting all kinds of special events, including caviar dinners, drag show brunches, wine dinners, and more. The Vault Garden is open on Tuesday through Sunday (hours vary).