As proven by pens with highlighter tips and propeller-topped hats, combining two seemingly unrelated things is, without fail, completely necessary. Experience a multitalented menu with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Latin and Asian fusion cuisine at Circolo Restaurant and Ultra Lounge in the Mission District.
Executive Chef Garret Martindale brings more than 10 years of experience to his role of overseeing the meal-to-meal operations in the kitchen. Circolo's menu keeps each foot in a different hot-air balloon to produce the high-flying combination of Asian and Latin cuisines. This means that miso-glazed sea bass with roasted-beet sauce ($14) has no problem loaning a cup of sugar to its neighbor, the crispy empanadas with Kobe short rib, huitlacoche, Oaxaca cheese, and salsa verde ($10). Bring the feast to a dentist-defiant close with an order of coconut flan ($7), which adds lychee-ginger granita and candied-coconut accents to its flan foundation.
In the Ultra Lounge, liquor selections are highlighted on glass shelves with modern opti-kinetic lighting, and aluminum bar stools saddle up to the 25-foot bar. Court a scientist, defy the assertions of a realist, or impress a magician by swirling around a Fire and Ice ($10), made with Hendrick's Gin, basil, and jalapeño-infused simple syrup, or imitate a fellow bar-sitter by ordering What She's Having ($9).
Valid for dine-in only.
Circolo Restaurant and Ultra Lounge has received a good deal of press, including a feature by the Examiner. More than 350 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, nearly 100 Citysearchers give it a four-star average, and OpenTable reviewers give it a 3.8-star average.
- SF is outdoing itself with small portion dining. And Circolo hit it right on the money with each dish containing enough servings to go beyond filling our bellies. – Miss N., Yelp
- The food, service and atmosphere was [sic] awesome. – R1chickster, Citysearch
- This was an unexpected find for us - the food was terrific, varied and well-combined. Our waitress was super - very informed regarding the menu; attentive and affable. – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/23/2010
- Fabulous food, attentive service, nice atmosphere, offbeat location makes parking a breeze. – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/17/2010