ISSUE 11  |  Black, White & Gray

Restaurant Visit: Atelier Crenn in San Francisco

March 16, 2011 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Causing a sensation in San Francisco: French-born, Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn's newly opened restaurant, Atelier Crenn, located in Cow Hollow and serving what Crenn calls "poetic culinaria, an artist's interpretation of fine French cuisine that is seasonal, artisanal, and sustainable." The spare interiors by Nancy Nielsen feature bare teak tables; lighting from Portland, Oregon, artist Dylan Kehde Roelofs; and still lifes by Crenn's father, who had a studio in Brittany and inspired Dominique to pursue her culinary art. Go to Atelier Crenn for more information.

Above: An embroidered scrim filters the street goings-on.

Above: Potted trees add a note of green to the otherwise monastic dining area.

Above: Ceiling pendants reminiscent of birds' nests.

Above: Incandescent light sculptures by Dylan Kehde Roelofs.

Above: Still lifes by Dominique's late father, Alain Crenn, adorn the walls of the restaurant.

Above: A meticulously composed plate.

Above: Ethereally named menu offerings might include Eucalyptus Air or Walk in the Forest.

Photos via Brian Smeets/Grub Street and Naseema Khan/Eater.