The story behind Precita Park Cafe

Precita Park Café, the newest location for the Park Café Group has been an integral part of the Bernal Heights neighborhood since opening in 2011. The largest of the three café locations serves local, sustainable fare from a curated list of purveyors. Precita Park Café serves dinners nightly including handcrafted pizzas, pastas, cheese, butter as well as craft beers, and California wines. They aim to create a warm, inviting environment, an extension of Precita Park across the street and the growing, vibrant community.

 

Phone

415.647.7702

 

Location

500 Precita Ave.
San Francisco, CA
94110

 

Hours

M–Sa 7a–10p
Su 8a–9p

Reservations

Call 415.647.7702 book online with OpenTable.
Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Rachel Herbert
Food and adventure have always been intertwined for Rachel. Her father’s profession took her and her family to developing countries, and by age 9, she had explored and tasted the cuisines of India, Pakistan, and Brazil. So while her peers were still playing with their food, she was climbing Mango trees in Haiti and harvesting their fruit.

By age 19, Rachel had her first serving job and was hooked. Waiting tables afforded her the opportunity to fund her academic endeavors while deepening her appreciation for food and its connection to people and community.

After studying filmmaking, Rachel headed to San Francisco to fulfill her artistic interests, but was quickly distracted by its vibrant food scene. In 1997, Rachel and a business partner opened Dolores Park Café, which became an instant success. Within 3 years, she bought him out and continued to put her touch on this bustling corner of the Mission. In 2006, Rachel opened Duboce Park Café, where she furthered her quest to create comfortable neighborhood eateries bordering iconic San Francisco parks.

Her latest venture, Precita Park Café, opened in 2011 and immediately filled a void for this Bernal Heights/Mission District neighborhood. Rachel’s childhood lessons of sustenance and adventure continue to drive her passion for fresh, made-from-scratch food served and shared with San Franciscans and the greater San Francisco community.

Rachel’s enterprises, under the umbrella of the Park Café Group, support countless organizations including Frameline Film Festival, Mujeres, and Mission High School’s arts program.

“I believe that giving back is a part of doing business, and as a small business owner, it’s my responsibility to play an active role in supporting the community,” Rachel says.

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Dana Oppenheim
Food truly is the center of the universe, or at least that’s how it felt for Dana growing up with a Jewish mother and grandmother at the helm of the family kitchen. Her childhood garden was the source for many of the food items used during holiday rituals: lessons in freshly harvested food being the most important component to a meal.

A southern girl with Jewish roots spending her summers visiting family in New York City and its world-renown restaurants; Dana was bound to end up in the restaurant industry.

Her experience working in all aspects of the food industry eventually led her to Dolores Park Café and Duboce Park Café in 2007 where she joined Rachel in the management team of both locations’ daily operations.

Dana’s executive skills were again put to use when she and Rachel opened Precita Park Café in 2011. Dana continues to connect with customers and the community, helping secure a legacy that she and Rachel have created, ya'll!

   

 

 

Chef Chris Seyersdahl's

Chef Seyersdahl's classical training draws inspiration by the amazing quality and abundance of local produce in the California region. "When I moved back to Northern California foraging and tinctures of the open bay along with the quality of such great produce was and remains an integral part of my dining table."

Seyersdahl has trained under some of the most experienced chefs in the Bay Area. His extensive background includes Town, Cafe Claude, Lafitte, Bin 38, Bar Jules & Nopa.

Seyersdahl came back to San Francisco to run the kitchen at Precita Park Cafe for greater creative freedom. While the dishes are seasonal and constantly developing the common factors are classical meets modern and innovative. California comfort with an eclectic cache.

Seyersdahl approaches his professional and culinary life with ingenuity, jocosity, and—most importantly—the same compass of adventure that is the original catalyst for his success.

 

Chef Richie Wilim

Wilim brings an abundant and prismatic history to the his culinary artistry and an energetic vivacity. The high quality of his menu pays homage to modern California cuisine. He explains that as a chef, “It's that "Aha" moment when you see customers completely satisfied with smiles on their faces with a polished off plate!" Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2006 Wilim began his career with the Charlie Palmer group at Kitchen 82 in New York City. He continued within the Charlie Palmer Group to Aureole, a fast-paced kitchen where he endeavored to learn as much as he could from whoever was willing to teach him. Wilim joined Cru  thereafter and honed in on mastering his creative artistry. A return home to Chicago brought him to The Compass Management Group, but before long his desire to experience the San Francisco food culture brought him to Precita Pafe Cafe & Grill. Chef Wilim is currently  the PPC Sous Chef where he collaborates with Chef Seyersdahl featuring a modern seasonal menu with a focus on locally farmed foods and a artisanal hand crafted kitchen program.

 

 

Phone

415.647.7702

 

Location

500 Precita Ave
San Francisco, CA
94110

 

Hours

M–Sa 7a–10p
Su 8a–9p

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