Team Behind Berkeley's Gather (Re)Opens SF Restaurant


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The team behind Berkeley's Gather restaurant has reshaped and reopened its San Francisco restaurant, retaining just one of its syllables and serving amaranth waffles.

In the space formerly occupied by Verbena, brand-new Reverb Kitchen & Bar on upper Polk Street offers imaginative fare created by executive Chef Ryan Shelton, whose past gigs include pastry chef at Chez TJ in Mountain View, chef de cuisine at Baumé in Palo Alto, executive chef at Randall Grahm's Le Cigare Volant in Santa Cruz and executive chef at Palo Alto Grill. 

 "Verbena was well-received but ultimately did not meet our fullest aspirations," says Reverb co-owner Eric Fenster, adding that Reverb "reflects our team's desire to offer something that fully resonates with the neighborhood."

Debut offerings include brassica fritters with chickpea flour, chutneys and yogurt ($7); sourdough gnocchi chowder with bacon lardons, Manila clams and marble potatoes ($14); asparagus soup with lemon coconut ice cream and grilled asparagus ($12); Grilled Octopus with gigante beans, salsa verde and romesco ($13); and, as mentioned, a fried chicken and amaranth waffle with butterscotch apple maple syrup and charred greens ($23).

Featuring outdoor seating and an art wall of “reverberating” reclaimed woods, Reverb's sleek design is the work of Abueg Morris Architects, which also designed Berkeley's ever-popular Comal.

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