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Left Bank, West Coast

A casually sophisticated take on dining, imported from Paris, finds a storied and fitting home in San Francisco.

L’espirit de Paris

When restaurateurs Michael and Lindsay Tusk, the celebrated duo behind Quince and Cotogna, envisioned bringing a new style of dining to San Francisco, JENSEN helped transform a Gold Rush-era building into the prefect setting. With Verjus, the Tusks introduce the city to the convivial, spontaneous spirit of the cave à manger, Paris’s contemporary take on urban European traditions of bistronomie—the pintxos bars of San Sebastián and Venice’s cicchetterias. A place where guests drop in to enjoy a glass of wine and simple French fare—often standing at the bar—Verjus defies conventional restaurant plans.


Wine, Dine and Shop

Cave à manger loosely translates to “eating in the cellar,” and the Tusks reinterpreted this idea as a hybrid concept blending wine bar and wine shop. For Verjus, JENSEN carefully joined two formerly separate storefronts, allowing the bar á vin and la cave to keep different hours while sharing service areas. A backlit menu marquee hanging above the bar’s open kitchen announces the day’s featured dishes; its reflection in the high-gloss burgundy ceiling creates the illusion of a doubly tall space. Custom casework display an elegant composition of wine bottles, glassware, charcuterie, and the proprietors’ vinyl LP collection.

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Modern Vintage

Like the food and wine offered at Verjus, the interiors by Lindsay Tusk Design are united by honesty and craftsmanship. The original masonry walls, painted white, provide a backdrop for a mix of vintage, antique, and contemporary elements. Custom encaustic cement floor tiles by Lindsay Lang Design, locally-sourced elm millwork made by artisan Michael Mellon, Pierre Chapo tables and chairs and mid-century modern Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Gino Sarfatti light fixtures complete the mood, at once sophisticated and whimsical with a hint of nostalgia.

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History Repeats

Verjus’ home, the Eclipse Champagne Building, was built in the 1850s, but its name marks another moment in history: an early foray into sparkling winemaking on the West Coast. The masonry building survived the 1906 earthquake and never quite shed its Gold Rush past; the Barbary Coast neighborhood harbored gambling dens, speakeasies, dance halls, and saloons on and off through World War II, and jazz clubs and off-Broadway theaters in the years following. It’s a storied and fitting past for a cave à manger, a place that beckons modern day bons vivants to return again and again.

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Bon Appetit, “Our 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2019,” September 2019
Bon Appetit, “The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus,” June 2019
7x7, “The wine bar we’ve been waiting for, Verjus serves European flavor,” June 2019
SF Chronicle, “Verjus is a new San Francisco star,” May 2019
SF Chronicle, “Verjus answers the call of San Francisco’s natural wine scene,” January 2019
Eater SF, “Inside SF’s Hottest New Wine Bar, Where High-Gloss and Hi-Fi Rule,” January 17, 2019


Project Leads
Mark Jensen
Melissa DeLacy
Lindsay Tusk Design


Food Service
Harrison, Koellner, LLC


Northern Sun Associates


Courtesy of Verjus
Patricia Chang
Steve Peixotto
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