We were at the 'After Dark' event at the Exploratorium, and it was after 10pm when we got out, hungry and cold (again!) Our hotel was near the Ferry Building, and we decided that we would just go to the first place that's still open along the Embacadero, and that's how we found Coqueta. They told me they close at 11pm, but would still gladly seat us.
There is a covered patio on the left side which reminds me of a Parisian patio along the Seine, but we were seated in the main building on the right, which has a super tall vaulted ceiling. There were four of us, perfect to share the 32 oz rib eye steak, which was well seasoned, juicy, and perfectly cooked to medium rare, with a tantalizing hot pepper oil. Don't forget to try the kale and the mushroom side dishes. They didn't seem like much on the menu, but they were really delicious!
We were also offered hors d'oeuvre on skewers. They were $2.50 each, which could quickly add up, but each of us tried two. I had the chipotle and cheese, predictably tasty, and one with a quail egg, which was so good I was tempted to get a second one.
For dessert, we had the churros and the cheesecake on a stick. You have to try it. They put caramelized pop corn with the bite-size cheesecake, and the result is unbelievable!
We couldn't stop complimenting the food, only to learn that it is actually managed by the same chef as Bottega in Napa Valley, and that it was one of the top 4 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurants. We have stumbled upon a real gem! So lucky!
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