Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar, San Francisco’s Newest Waterfront Restaurant
Photography by Kevin Osmond Man
Peter W. Osborne, founder of Golden Bear Family of Restaurants, is pleased to announce the August 10, 2012 opening of San Francisco’s newest waterfront destination, Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar – a/k/a “The Rock.” Osborne has tapped Golden Bear executive chef Tony Flier and chef de cuisine Sam Ehrlich to work the stoves at the waterfront restaurant. A seafood-centric bar & grill, Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar welcomes everyone to enjoy oysters right on the bay in the spectacularly fog-free Crane Cove, located just south of AT&T Park in the city’s up-and-coming Mission Bay neighborhood.
“When we seized the opportunity to open a premier waterfront restaurant, serving sustainable seafood – set in an unbeatable location – we knew we’d hit on something that would be a neighborhood game-changer,” said Osborne. “We see Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar as a place where friends, family and San Francisco visitors can linger over our fantastic fresh food and experience our renowned hospitality. This waterfront is intoxicating. We feel like we’re sharing a well-kept secret here in Crane Cove.”
Mission Rock Resort’s menus will be locally-focused, featuring sustainable seafood, beef from local purveyor Bassian Farms, organic chicken from Bay Area standout 38 North, and produce from nearby farms, including corn from Brentwood Farm and tomatoes from Hungry Hollow Farm. For dessert, ice cream will be obtained from Dogpatch neighborhood favorite Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, and breads will be delivered from local bakeries including Acme and Pan-o-Rama. Mission Rock Resort’s all-day coffee bar will serve oak-roasted brews from Mr. Espresso, headquartered in Oakland, and run by Luigi Di Rocco, a friend of the Golden Bear Restaurant team.
The kitchen team of Flier and Ehrlich will source notable West Coast varieties of oysters such as Alcorn, Naked Ray’s Beach, Quilcene, Pearl Points – plus oysters found closer to home in both Drake’s Bay and Tomales Bay. East Coast varieties, from Malpeques and Hurricane Harbor to Well Fleets and Tatamagouche, will also be on the menu. In addition to an exciting oyster bar program, The Rock menus will feature a selection of fresh small and large plates. On the smaller side, diners can enjoy dishes like Dungeness Crab and Bay Shrimp Lettuce Cups, Littleneck Steamers with Sourdough Garlic Bread, Oyster Po’ Boy Sliders and Classic New England Clam Chowder. Larger plates will feature daily fish selections plus Fish and Chips, Seasonal Seafood Pasta, Grilled Ribeye Steak and The Mission Rock Burger.
Unique to the area, Mission Rock Resort’s breakfast specialties will be served throughout the day, offering classics such as Eggs Benedict; Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage and Cheddar; Buttermilk Pancakes Served with Whipped Butter, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Maple Syrup; Homemade Granola with Greek Yogurt and Seasonal Fresh Fruit, as well as a daily selection of sweet and savory pastries.
The beverage program
The beverage program at Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar will be managed by long-time Golden Bear mixologist Thomas Ream. Thomas has selected a craft conscious, locally brewed draft beer line-up that includes Lagunitas Lil Sumpin, Devil’s Canyon Scotch Ale, and others from neighboring Anchor Steam and Speakeasy breweries, accompanied by an even more diverse selection of by-the-bottle offerings.
Mission Rock Resort will also feature wines of the world with a very approachable selection of fantastic Old World and New World wines, such as a Sancerre by Michelle Redde, a top-rated Chenin Blanc from South Africa, a Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley, as well as a local Gundlach Bundschu Gewurtraminer, to name just a few. The list showcases a mix of California, European, and other New World producers and was designed to be regionally diverse while complementing the seafood and oyster bar programs.
Signature cocktails include a Sailors Shipwrecked Punch, made with three different rums, and a Peary Francois, a uniquely satisfying ginger-pear sangria concocted of Bartlett pears, premium pear infused vodka, King’s Ginger liqueur, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, and Sauvignon Blanc. The Rock will also offer a classic selection of frozen cocktails including Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris.
Osborne and his team have thoroughly renovated the old building previously occupied by Kelly’s Mission Rock. After a two-plus million dollar improvement, the space will take on the feel of an easy-going, friends, family and locals gathering place, offering unrivaled weather and an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. Designed by MBH Architects and Kathy Bloodworth Interior Design, the space covers more than 10,000 square feet and comprises outdoor seating for 160 guests, 162 indoor seats, as well as 23 seats at the oyster bar.
Mission Rock Resort’s downstairs will serve as a casual dining area offering guests seated and take-away breakfast and both light and hearty lunch options. Guests can cozy up to the fireplace on comfortable buttery-sand-colored leather and walnut barstools. Artwork from local artist Paul Olson and other artists will grace the walls in the convivial bar area. The upstairs area, anchored by the oyster bar, is designated for table service during lunch and dinner. Additionally, Mission Rock Resort’s main bar and cantilevered 110-seat deck overlooking the bay are attractions not to be missed.
The restaurant’s design stems from Osborne’s vision of a resort-like waterfront location, using original elements, including reclaimed woods. With a nod to Osborne’s love for the Cal Bears, portions of the exterior façade and the interior bar tops are crafted from reclaimed wood from the old bleachers at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium, repurposed and constructed by Eric Gellermen of the Wooden Duck. Color tones range from grayish-blue to soft yellow, both contrasted with charcoal grey accents. Large bay-view windows invite the natural light from the east while highlighting a full view of the active waterfront.
Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar is located at 817 Terry Francois Blvd., near Third Street and Mariposa. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. For reservations please call 415-701-ROCK (415-701-7625). For more information, visit www.MissionRockResort.com.