Step Inside Parallel 37, Opening Monday at the Ritz
The new, way more modern interior.

As you likely know by now, Nob Hill stalwart The Dining Room at the Ritz shuttered this fall for a fast makeover in keeping with the national trend of tossing out tablecloths and casualizing menus. In its place, come Monday, will be Parallel 37, a simpler and less fussy restaurant with executive chef Ron Siegel still at the helm. The former bar and lounge, once a separate space, now opens into the dining room, and EDG Interior Architecture + Design have used a lot of bare wood, smoked glass, amber-tinted and wood-grained glass, and rough-edged limestone columns to further modernize the space.

Along the rear wall of the dining room is the most prominent design element: a backlit series of sepia-toned photo panels of live oaks, taken in the East Bay hills. Chef Siegel is taking as his inspiration all the cuisines that coalesce in San Francisco (here on the 37th parallel, the geographical latitude from which the restaurant takes its name), and doing a seasonal menu that takes many of its cues from Italian, Asian, and Latin cuisines. See the menus, and a full slideshow below.

Also, there’s a brand new cocktail program by bartender Camber Lay (formerly of Town Hall, Range, and Epic Roasthouse), with some innovative flavor combinations like bourbon, benedictine, vanilla, and poblano pepper. See that full list below, as well.

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Parallel 37 - In the Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton Street at California - 415.773.6168 - Opens Monday, December 12

The long banquet table is separated from the main dining room by a frosted glass wall.
A window into the kitchen overlooks the eight-seat chef’s table, where chef Ron Siegel will be doing special tasting menus by reservation for lunch or dinner.
These wood slabs along the ceiling, as well as part of the host stand and wine display, were sourced from a single, wind-felled Deodara cedar in the Bay Area.
A vertical selection of Opus One.
A Buddha’s Hand sits with other citrus waiting to be used in Camber Lay’s cocktails.
Step Inside Parallel 37, Opening Monday at the Ritz