Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos by Kevin Kelleher
Summer is here in SF and I’ve been searching for the best parks, green spaces, patios and rooftops to get some sun while exploring the City’s offerings. I’ve been so used to non-stop perfect weather since living in San Diego so whenever the thermometer hits above 75 degrees in SF, I take advantage. I recently visited Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden for drinks and dinner in the sun. You definitely need to make the trek out to Ocean Beach if you want a seafood-centric meal by the water.
Beer lovers will absolutely love this place, which is butted up right against Golden Gate Park, because the restaurant brews their own beer right next door at sister restaurant, Beach Chalet. Check out the Chalet Ale menu for brews like a Riptide Red, Presidio IPA or High Tide Hefeweizen. For a fruity twist, opt for a Shandy with fresh lemonade and a V.F.W. Golden Ale, or a Radler with grapefruit juice and Hef. Oh, and the beer garden’s lawn is dog friendly making this place even cooler for the summer months.
Park Chalet got a bit of a sprucing up lately with new additions to the refinished bar. The dining room has skylights, massive windows, retractable glass doors and the patio seating is great for parties of all sizes.
The restaurant has a new Executive Chef, Ian Hockenberger, and he’s got a few seafood and brew-inspired items. We started out with a couple cocktails, clam chowder and ceviche. The chowder was smoky and creamy and the ceviche had a mixture of calamari, cod and shrimp. The ceviche is no joke and is the perfect way to start your meal.
In keeping with the beer and seafood theme, we opted for the bountiful Fisherman’s Catch. The seafood boil was enormous and delicious and had piles of snow crab, mussels, clams, prawns, sweet corn, sausage and red potatoes. I highly recommend sharing this dish with your peeps. Other menu items include a Seared Ahi Sandwich, Bacon Crab Melt, Fried Seafood Platter, and all kinds of pizza.
If you’re headed to Ocean Beach for a bonfire, strolling through the west end of Golden Gate Park for its windmills and Dutch tulip garden, or are just looking for an outdoor setting for an Indian summertime meal, check out Park Chalet. For more information, www.parkchalet.com.