Review: McCormick & Kuleto’s, San Francisco
We found ourselves in Ghirardelli Square around lunchtime and were looking for a place to eat. We usually like to eat at a local place rather than a chain if possible, so we walked right by McCormick & Kuleto’s. But after wandering a bit, we found ourselves standing in front of the restaurant again. Jorge said that he wanted something “really good” for lunch, and we knew that whatever we ordered here would probably be really good.
The restaurant is large and roomy with white tablecloths and all the trimmings. The decor reminded me of a cruise ship. The large windows look out to the bay, and we could see Alcatraz from our table. Service is friendly and elegant at the same time. The first thing we asked our waiter was, “What happened to Schmick?” We had never heard of McCormick & Kuleto’s. Apparently, Kuleto is a famous restaurant designer who worked on the concept of this particular restaurant.
We were in a seafood mood, and the menu had just about every kind of seafood we could imagine. The waiter brought a basket of yumalicious bread for us to eat while we mulled over our options. We started with Caesar’s salad and a crab, mango, and avocado tower topped with shrimp along with glasses of crisp, white wine. I loved the salad — it was perfect with just the right amount of dressing — and the tower was good, but the mango makes it pretty sweet, so if you’re not into sweet food, you might want to choose something else.
Since I was in San Francisco, I wanted to eat the local dish: Cioppino, a seafood stew in a tomato-based broth. McCormick & Kuleto’s version was generously filled with Dungeness crab, mussels, clams, squid, chunks of rockfish, and shrimp. The broth was incredibly tasty. They were not skimpy at all, and it was worth the $30.99. I could not even finish it, so Jorge got to help me out. (You can see him eating the squid. I guess you’re never too old to play with your food!) He ordered the grilled Pacific snapper ($22.99) and a side of asparagus ($8.99), which came beautifully presented and perfectly prepared.
We had a very pleasant meal here — the combination of the atmosphere, view, good service, and good food allowed for a leisurely, enjoyable meal, so it gets a rating of 5 hearts.
McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks
900 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94109