300 Spear Street,
(at Folsom St),
+1 415 247 7770
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Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Aperitivos, Cocktails, Food
Since it opened in September 2010 Prospect has remained a favourite of San Franciscan cocktail and foodies. It's a light, loft-like space which makes a feature of twenty-first century minimalism. Filament-exposed light bulbs dangle from the ceiling alongside wrought iron chandeliers. Bar shelves skirt the exposed concrete girders, and statement artwork decorate the walls.
There's a lot of seating round the large bar, but it fills up quickly. If you want to eat (and we strongly recommend that you do) then it's best to book a table in advance. There are lots of small tables for couples, a few bigger tables for groups, and a private room round the back.
Prospect has an extensive wine list, but we suggest that you go for the cocktails. The cocktail menu steers away from predictable classics: it's an innovative, yet traditional list of American-inspired drinks, focusing on local ingredients such as rye whiskey, maple bitters, poached pear and spiced apple cider. The cocktails were efficiently made, charmingly served and were consistently well-balanced.
The food is also memorable with plenty of fancy (foamy) velotés and other delicate garnishes that enhance the beautifully presented dishes.