OK, Chef Jason Berthold is gone, but was still at the helm, when we last dined at RN74.
My wife had dined there, when it first opened, on a trip, where I did not accompany her. She was impressed, and shared her review with me. About 2 mos. later, we were doing a culinary even at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN, USA, with Chef Michael Mina. Chef Berthold was there, as well. My wife shared her report, and then we followed up with two visits to RN74, as we dine in San Francisco perhaps 40x per year.
Our most recent experience was good, but with some downsides.
We are more into fine-dining, than more boisterous bistros, but RN74 had been on the "good side" of noisy. The last visit was just over the limit. Also, we were seated (just a couple) at a very tiny 2-top, that could not hold our wine glasses. Before, we had been seated at a 4-top, and that worked out fine. At that tiny 2-top, we could not hold the food, or the wines - just too, too small.
As always, the food was excellent, and we watched the "wine board," to pick a few "deals." If we had only had room for both the food, and the wine, all would have been great.
On our first two visits, though filled, the noise level was not that bad. On this trip, it was a bit "over-the-top," and not to our liking. I suppose that it depends on the night, and the other diners.
We are sad that Chef Berthold has moved on now, but will dine at RN74 again, just to check and see, for ourselves.
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