Chestnut Street in the Marina district of San Francisco is lined with cute shops and restaurants. A quaint movie theater and market selling fresh fruits and vegetables set the scene. The street exudes a calm air, as patrons wander down the street in the dim light. Amidst these shops stands Causwells, understated and inviting at the end of the block. The tables are set simply with a small candle at the center, creating a subtly romantic atmosphere. The restaurant is a relatively new addition to the neighborhood, but is already a clear favorite for locals and those visiting from out of town.
Their offerings are bold and delicious, employing simple cooking techniques and high-quality ingredients and recipes that highlight the best of seasonal produce. The menu is classically American in many ways, boasting fresh flavors characteristic of California cuisine. Causwells is a friendly bistro with a shareable menu, extensive wine list and a variety of craft beers. Like so many successful Bay Area restaurants, their commitment to using fresh and ethical elements is the key to their growing popularity.
This spot offers a wide array of starters and small plates as well as heartier fare and sides. These are perfect for sharing with a group, date, or trying on your own. The dining style here encourages collaboration, providing customers with the opportunity to try many different dishes. This creates an inviting atmosphere, as does the ample lighting and space for groups of any size.
A great way to start a meal here is with the house-made ricotta with rosemary honey and lavosh crackers. This is one of their signature dishes for good reason. The ricotta is light and creamy with a slight tangy flavor. Drizzled liberally with sweet and floral honey, it is expertly balanced and flavorful. The freshness and dedication to detail Causwells puts into the dish exemplifies the philosophy behind all of their food.
Despite having more exotic options from which to choose, one of their most popular items is actually the huge and delicious American cheeseburger. Served with slices of American cheese, lettuce, paper-thin onions, tomato, and a special sauce, this two-patty hamburger is truly a masterpiece. As if the burger itself wasn’t enough, the sandwich is served with a mountain of deliciously sweet and crunchy fried onions.
For something worth sharing, try the signature deviled eggs done three different ways. The grilled octopus with garbanzo, fennel, and chili vinaigrette is a fantastic option for the slightly more adventurous eater. Their stout braised short rib accompanied by turnips, fresh herbs, and macerated shallot is a sure crowd-pleaser.
The perfect end to a meal here is the decadent ‘All Star’ donut bread pudding served with spiced milk. To create this masterpiece, Causwells uses All Star Donuts, creating a dense and satisfying treat. Intensely sweet, chewy, and moist, this dish alone has people coming back again and again. It’s so irresistibly good that you’ll devour it even after a full meal.
With bold and mouthwatering dishes such as these, Causwells seems to be a new fixture in the Marina district, attracting customers of all ages and budgets. Whether you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or just a quick bite to eat, it’s a fantastic option. With such a diverse menu, everyone can find something special to enjoy. Causwells does classic American fare with a flare, creating an array of expertly crafted dishes that are sure to keep patrons happy.
Causwells, 2346 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 447 6081