When chef Sean O'Brien left his last post, at the now-closed Myth, his fan club went into mourning. And when Zinnia opened its doors in late 2008 with O'Brien at the stove, his fans filled the tables immediately. They were there for some of his signature dishes—seared sweetbreads, potato gnocchi, fish and pasta dishes offered in two sizes, his legendary grilled burger on focaccia with crisp Kennebec fries—and for whatever new tricks he had in his modern American cuisine bag. The space, with its brick exterior and hardwood and marble floors, tables and banquettes, and four large multicolor light fixtures, suits O'Brien's trendy but not studied fare, including roasted black cod with shiitakes, fresh rigatoni with foie-gras cream, and pork chops with cranberry beans. The bar is a good place to perch and sample an appetizer or two chased with one of the talented bartender's snazzy cocktails.
500 Jackson St., San Francisco, California, 94133, United States