THE HISTORY OF MASA’S RESTAURANT IN SAN FRANCISCO
THE HISTORY OF MASA'S
For over 25 years, Masa’s Restaurant, located on the border San Francisco’s bustling Nob Hill and Union Square districts, remains one of the nation’s leading fine dining restaurants specializing in California French cuisine.
The story began when Chef Masataka “Masa” Kobayashi of Auberge du Soleil in California’s Napa Valley was persuaded to headline his own restaurant in San Francisco, utilizing his exceptional talent for French cuisine. His namesake, Masa’s, opened in 1983 and became an instant success.
Chef Julian Serrano, a native of Madrid and trained by Masa, manned the stoves for fourteen prolific years after Masa’s untimely passing in 1984, and the restaurant continued to thrive, receiving countless awards and media praise under his culinary direction. He later opened Picasso at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as Executive Chef.
Following Serrano’s departure, star Chef Ron Siegel brought his unique talent to Masa’s restaurant kitchen. Garnering a San Francisco Chronicle four-star review for his work at Charles Nob Hill in San Francisco, Siegel is known as the first American chef to win the Japanese “Iron Chef” competition. During his tenure, the restaurant’s interior design was completely renewed in 2001 by celebrated San Francisco designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, adding a modern luster to the already shining restaurant.
After Siegel’s departure, Chef Richard Reddington, another Auberge du Soleil alumnus and award-winning chef, joined Masa’s on a consulting basis until the hiring of Chef Gregory Short in 2004. A Montana native trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Short worked through the ranks at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., for seven years, including four years as Keller’s sous chef. He had recently opened The Loft Restaurant at Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif., when he received the call asking him to return to Northern California to co-chef with Reddington. Short took over the “top toque” in October 2004.
Masa’s Restaurant in San Francisco celebrates 26 years in 2009. A young, fresh, highly talented team leads the restaurant today. In the past five years Masa’s Restaurant has become a more casual, flexible and frequent dining destination in San Francisco for guests near and far. It appeals to a broad range of clientele who demand flexibility, impeccable service and extraordinary cuisine.
Masa's Restaurant San Francisco (near Union Square)
648 Bush Street, San Francisco CA 94108