Organic. A modern neighborhood restaurant, 1550 Hyde Café & Wine Bar is a casually elegant Russian Hill dining spot suitable for everything from dates to dinner with friends. The menu favors simple, seasonal organic cuisine crafted from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. The award-winning wine list boasts over 150 selections to choose from.
I'm not sure which is more memorable from my visit to 1550 Hyde, the glass of Aglianico I was given to sample, or the sweetbreads with fava beans. Ultimately it's this conflict that made the whole dinner an extremely pleasurable experience, the menu and the wine list are treated as equal players in the meal.
The small, comfortable dinning room reminded me of a favorite childhood home in one of Seattle's residential neighborhoods, open rooms with white walls and simple, tailored, gray wainscoting. The minimalist décor is given a splash of color from the glowing amber bar, matching amber shadow box sconces, and the four-foot flower arrangement at the end of the bar that Chef Peter Erickson does himself. The focus is meant to be the food and company, although the amber highlights could have been brought out a bit more if the house lights were brought down.
- Excerpt from 1550 Hyde Wine Bar & Cafe, Foodie Haven at Neighborhood Haunt by Genevieve Robertson