When the first wine bar was combined with a café, the only thing on the drink menu was wine, and the only thing on the dinner menu was sautéed wine bottle. Sip on some excellent vino alongside a full-fledged menu with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of organic, locally sourced fare and exquisite wines at Ottimista Enoteca-Café, which has been voted best wine bar of the bay by San Francisco magazine.
Diners at Ottimista can peruse more than 35 wines by the glass to complement the locally sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients that go into every item on Ottimista's menu. Start with a crisp flute of prosecco ($10) with an appetizer of saffron arancini with fontina ($7), or throw caution into the incinerator with a powerfully bold glass of cabernet franc from the Colli Orientali del Friuli region of Italy ($12). Share a quartino (one-third of a bottle) of the Sicilian nero d'Avola/frappato blend with your dining date ($18), paired with the cascade steelhead salmon with lemon, basil, and green beans ($17), or sink your teeth into the pan-seared organic short rib with twice-baked potato and pan-roasted Pescadero blue oyster mushroom ($19).
Ottimista caters to casual affairs with an elegant enoteca atmosphere, both inside and out. Flip a nearby car to determine seating destination, where “tires up“ indicates the covered, heated patio and “car-top up” represents the cozy interior. Either area is equally suitable for relaxing with the company of good wine and a glass of nice dinner companion.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in meals only.
Ottimista Enoteca-Café has received a lot of press, including a listing in the Best Bar for Eating Award from 7x7 magazine in 2008. It is an Editors' Pick on 10Best and is Zagat rated. The enoteca was named San Francisco magazine's number one wine bar. More than 250 Yelpers give it a four-star average:
1838 Union St.
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