As one of the world’s greatest culinary destinations, San Francisco is continually taking its fine dining options to the next level. But one new French dining establishment is literally taking it to multiple levels. In fact, there are with multiple dining options under a single roof. Just opened in May, ONE65 is the multiple culinary concept restaurant led by Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning Chef Claude Le Tohic. It’s also the hottest new restaurant to open in San Francisco.
165 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
ONE65 is the extraordinary multiple concept French restaurant led by Michelin-Starred and James Beard Award-winning Chef Claude Le Tohic. Named after its street address, ONE65 completely occupies a six level building. Moreover, it features a patisserie on the ground level and ONE65 Bistro on level three. Elements Lounge occupies the next level and the top two levels is Michelin-starred Restaurant O’ by Claude Le Tohic.
The historic Beaux Arts building opened in 1908 as the Orpheum Annex Hotel, adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre. Today, the Ellis-O’Farrell Garage occupies the space of the former theater. The proximity of the garage makes it a convenient places to park your car.
About Chef Claude Le Tohic
Celebrated Founder/Executive Chef Le Tohic previously served as Executive Chef of Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand). This acclaimed French restaurant is the only Las Vegas spot to earn three Michelin stars. Prior to coming to America to help Joël Robuchon open his restaurant, Chef Le Tohic served as chef de cuisine at three star Michelin restaurant Jamin. In 2010, Le Tohic received the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. What’s more, he is a recipient of the prestigious MOF (Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France).
In addition to Chef Le Tohic, ONE65 features a world class team. This includes General Manager Olivier de Roany, Executive Pastry Chef Yannick Dumonceau and Wine Director Vincent Murrow.
ONE65 Patisserie is a fabulous patisserie offering an impressive collection of French treats. For instance, there are pastries and other delicious confections. In additional to the colorful treats beverages and gourmet breakfast items.
What To Purchase
Popular items are croissants, baguettes, fruit tarts and 18 varieties of macarons. Breakfast and lunch favorites include French omelettes and brioche egg and bacon sandwiches. Of course, there are French delicacies like tartines and quiche. Also available are grab and go items, like berry parfait. Customers can order beverages like drip coffee espresso, lattes and café au lait.
ONE 65 Bistro & Grill
Featuring contemporary California/French “comfort food”, the Bistro & Grill has an open kitchen, allowing guests to look in at the cooking action. Overseeing the lively kitchen is the talented chef de cuisine, Jennifer Dewasha. However, it’s never surprising to see Chef Le Tohic and his wife spending time here while greeting their lucky diners.
Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the Bistro offers four menus including the remarkably affordable Chef’s Tasting Menu priced at $95 with an optional wine pairing for just $50. The kitchen also features a Josper charcoal oven, known as the “Ferrari of the Kitchen” and the only one of its kind in San Francisco. Additional seating is available, as is private dining.
ELEMENTS Bar & Lounge
ELEMENTS is a contemporary bar and lounge offering an impressive assortment of classic and signature cocktails, as well as sophisticated bar and dinner menus.
What To order
The bar and lounge also hosts afternoon high tea and happy hours, in addition to private dining and special events. Featured menu items are ONE 65 Wine Cooler ($14) and All Bark & No Bite ($16). The lounge offers servings for 4-6 guests, like Bird in the Hand ($75) and Ransom Note ($75).
O’ By Claude Le Tohic
O’ is Chef Le Tohic’s extraordinary signature restaurant with two tasting menus and superb à la carte options. This year, Chef Le Tohic’s signature restaurant earned its first Michelin Star.
Sample items from the 10-course Fall Tasting Menu include Caviar Composition and Roasted Lobster. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is priced at $250, with a $30 cheese cart option. To compliment the meal are wine pairings at $150 or Grand Pairing for $350. Guests further have the option to include Kagawa Wagyu Ribeye for a supplement of $110.
The Vegetarian Tasting Menu offers dishes like Roasted Celery Root and Matsutake Ravioli. Current à la carte options are Steamed Scampi with Ossetra caviar ($125), Lobster in Two Services ($80) and White Truffle Pasta ($190). Please check the restaurant’s website for up-to-date menu options.
Private dining is the ultimate culinary experience at O’ by Claude Le Tohic. Located on the top floor, options include the Moss Room. Cherrywood Room and Chef’s Table. The latter is inside Chef Le Tohic’s dazzling kitchen, for up to eight guests.
About the Author:
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).