It certainly was love at first site, when I walked into Presidio last weekend for dinner. Immediately introduced to a beautifully vibrant and inviting cocktail lounge upon entering, it was apparent that this establishment is a place to linger. With a beautiful wooden bar, comfortable chic couches and lounge chairs you can pick the spot that best suits your mood and belly up.
This California-inspired establishment replaces Bluebird in Bucktown on Damen, and the decor is fantastic. It's evident, from the entrance and the creative cocktail menu, that Presidio majors in cocktails. The cocktail list is presented in two sections: 'the originals' and 'classics from the bay.' Mind you, this is just a list to get you started, the bartenders are happy to explore beyond.
In the back room, behind the bar and cocktail lounge, is a cozy dining room with small intimate tables. You can choose from items listed under small, large and for the table, so sharing plates is optional here. Olives, burrata, steak tartare, polenta with wild mushroom ragu, to name a few, are listed under the 'small' section. There are also a few homemade pastas which are not to be missed.
The 'large presents' you with items like a pork chop, fish of the day and lamb loin. These items are certainly for those with a big appetite or parties who aren't afraid to share. There are but two items listed under 'for the table,' a rabbit salad and cauliflower. The chef also prepares specials nightly, and they are creative and to be considered. We tried the tortellini which simply melts in your mouth.
Presidio, which opened in March, is open Tuesday - Sunday at 5p.m. with brunch on the weekends. If you are looking for a new place to meet a tinder date or are taking out your spouse, this is the perfect place.
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