Trestle SF Now Open – A Modern Interpretation Of Casual Dining


Jackson Square’s newest restaurant is a trestle in many ways. The overhead beams appear to buttress the old-school vibe and look of the historic district while the trestle table draws locals in. The latest addition to the Hi Neighbor restaurant group continues the tradition of comfortable, inexpensive, and delicious dining set by neighborhood classics such as Tosca and Kokkari, but through a lens of fine dining.

Photo courtesy of Trestle SF

At the corner of Jackson and Columbus in a ca. 1911 building, Trestle blends nostalgia with the hustle and bustle of Jackson Square and the warmth of Little Italy. Hospitality is the hallmark, overseen by partners Ryan Cole, Jason Kirmse, Cyrick Hia, Tai Ricci and Executive Chef Jason Halverson, most of whom hail from service-driven Michael Mina group.

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At Trestle, casual fine dining comes in the form of a daily-changing $35 prix fixe, 3-course menu with an optional $10 supplement for a pasta course. Chef Halverson, former chef de cuisine of Michael Mina, prepares gorgeous interpretations of classic comfort food with refined touches, such as a recent spring-y English Pea risotto with pea shoots and a main of salmon, cooked to perfection, served with a flavoursome orange-sherry vinaigrette and silky gremolata. A sweet-tart strawberry rhubard Pavlova or the luscious Elderflower ice cream topped brownie were perfect finishes to the meal. Servers are well-informed and passionate, adding to the experience.

English Pea risotto with marscapone, pea shoots, and shaved Parmesan. Photo A. Hanami

The menu is complimented by truly global beer and wine lists curated by Kirmse that focus on the occasion and menu. With the wine list, guests can explore easy-to-drink, well-priced wines or indulge in a Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertain Burgundy or a Far Niente Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay.

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The comfortable dining room designed by Michael Baushke of Apparatus Architecture is refined in its simplicity, giving this neighborhood “joint” a hipster elegance. The 49-seat dining room is cozy, but feels quite spacious with 13 foot ceilings uncovered after peeling away three layers of ceiling. The stripped-away walls revealed original stained masonry and defunct piping which Baushke retained to give the space the look and feel of Jackson Square. Original artwork by Gregorio de Masi mirrors the unique angles and natural palette of this new SF classic.

Entree of marinated calamari with smoky roasted fingerlings, celery, olive tapenade, and Harissa aioli. Photo A. Hanami

Trestle SF is open for dinner 7 nights a week.

Visit: 531 Jackson Street at Columbus Avenue

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