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Baker and Banker

Map & Directions 1701 Octavia
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • California, New American
  • Sun 10am-2pm, Sun, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Takeout, Catering, Wheelchair Accessible, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • No Parking, Street


SF Weekly's Description

Baker & Banker's husband-wife team Jeff Banker and Lori Baker - he does savory, she does sweet - run this neighborhood bistro, which works both as a clubby Wednesday night place for Pacific Heights denizens and a destination for the rest of us. Banker prefers to call his seasonal, local food "New American" because it allows him to play with many different culinary influences. His menu lists dishes such as a Spanish-influenced salad of pan-roasted calamari, grapefruit, and chickpeas next to a fall vegetable and shiso tempura. This isn't the rampant eclecticism of the late 1980s and early 1990s, however: The disparate flavors are filtered through the cooks' precise, nuanced palates (though Banker's command of Asian flavors is less sure than his gorgeous take on European and Californian cuisines). Baker's desserts match the polish of the entrées, from a butternut squash cobbler with mace-pumpkinseed ice cream to a six-inch-high XXX cake which is the turducken of cakes, stacking up more forms of chocolate than a person should eat in one week.

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  • Eater on 12/01/10

    Chef Jeff Banker pulls from myriad global influences in his "New American" menu but a neighborhoody air and extras make it everything a SF restaurant should be right now. [Eater 38 Member]

  • SFGate on 04/13/10

    Lori Baker's sweets are worth a trip alone. Need a chocolate fix? The Triple X dark chocolate layer cake is what you need.

  • Brian on 01/23/12

    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the potato latke with pickled beets is delicious. Yum!

  • Kenny L. on 06/30/11

    Order the black cod; it melts in your mouth and has amazing flavor. Then ask your waiter to get Lori (Baker) and Jeff (Banker) to sign a copy of the menu for a keepsake!

  • Gilt City on 02/11/11

    Even if you don't have a Valentine this Monday, a custom-made cake from Lori is really all you could want: lemon poppyseed with cream cheese frosting, Fluffernutter, to-die-for red velvet...

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