French. Intimate and stylish with burgundy walls and rich, dark wood tables, Iluna Basque is a North Beach dining gem. The menu showcases a fusion of French and Spanish cuisines, with a large selection of shareable small plates (like plums wrapped in bacon, mini lamb burgers and seared tuna with bleu des Basque sauce), as well as hearty entrees. Finish the evening with a desert wine or chocolate fondue, or simply indulge in one of the creative cocktails or excellent martinis.
On the corner of Powell and Union, just off the main drag in North Beach, sits Iluna Basque, a swank eating place pushing itself into San Francisco's late night scene. Chef Mattin Nobile, formerly of Gerald Hirigoyen's Piperade, wanted to create a destination for his peers, a welcoming late night haunt with food and drink from or inspired by his Basque upbringing. - Genevieve Robertso