Commonwealth – not so common


For my birthday in late September I requested we go here for an early dinner. Delightfully, I discovered a parking lot adjacent the front door (and in the middle of the Mission!) Worth it right there. The building is an old donut shop, and the owners kept the sign. I love the paradox of the faux old.

It was a warm night and the hostess left the door open to let the early evening air into the small dining room. Although there are many tables in a little space, I didn’t feel on top of the other guests, nor was I eavesdropping on the table next to me. Service was beyond excellent, very attentive to our every need.

Per the website, Executive Chef Jason Fox labels the cuisine as Progressive American. San Francisco coinage, love it. I started with the squash soup, which is a chilled soup with delicious blossoms. My father-in-law had the octopus (and loved it) and my husband had the scallops (and reported they melted in his mouth). The lamb cheeks were out of this solar system, the spaetzle divine.

And it does live up to its name, working for the community; Commonwealth gives $10 of every tasting menu back to the community via local charities. Bravo.

Commonwealth – 2224 Mission Street (at 18th) San Francisco

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