San Francisco has a diverse swath of cuisines. But solid, comforting Spanish food is notably absent. As of last month, that void has finally been filled by Bellota Restaurant, which I’m spotlighting in today’s post.
Bellota opened last month. The brainchild of the Absinthe Group, it’s got a killer team behind the scenes serving up the best of what Spain has to offer. When you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted by an enormous leg of Iberico de Bellota that I’m pretty sure is the size of my torso. It goes to show that they aren’t messing around and are ready and willing to feed you well.
In traditional Spanish fashion, the menu is broken out by charcuterie and quesos—in which the signature 4-year aged iberico ham resides—followed by seafood, tapas, vegetables, plancha dishes, and of course, paella. Your best bet is to come in a group and order a couple of everything. My favorites included:
- The signature bellota (acorn)-fed ham
- Seafood croquet
- Yogurt chicken albondigas
- Fideua paella
With the wood oven constantly firing, the space is large, but cozy and warm, allowing for a leisurely but well-executed meal for any occasion. Check out the slideshow below for dishes and give Bellota a try for dinner.
888 Brannan Street
Open for dinner Mon-Sat