- SFGate: "Charles Phan's Hard Water marries New Orleans, S.F." February 27, 2014
- San Francisco Business Times: "State Bird, Coi, Saison rank among Bay Area James Beard Award semifinalists" February 19, 2014
- San Jose Mercury News : "Review: San Francisco's Coqueta is Spanish, and sensational" February 4, 2014
- SF Gate: "La Mar at the port - Peruvian with a San Francisco twist" January 17, 2014
- SFGate: "Watch Michael Chiarello talk crabs and play with liquid nitrogen cocktails on Jimmy Fallon" January 10, 2014
- The Washington Post : "A food road warrior looks back on 2013" December 21, 2013
- SFGate: "Bar Bite - Coqueta " December 18, 2013
- Thrillist : "The 33 best new restaurants in America " December 7, 2013
- San Francisco Business Times : "1760, Coqueta most liked restaurants of 2013" November 22, 2013
- SFGate: "Coqueta elevates waterfront cuisine" November 22, 2013
- SFGate : "Plant Cafe Organic: Going healthy by the bay" November 1, 2013
- The Nature Conservancy : "The Plant Café Organic Wins 2013 Nature’s Plate People’s Choice Award for San Francisco" October 17, 2013
- Esquire: "The Best New Restaurants 2013" October 7, 2013
- SF Chronicle: "Phan's new effort stays by the bay" September 20, 2013
- SF Examiner : "Coqueta in San Francisco puts a Spanish twist on cocktails " September 13, 2013
- 7X7: "Chef Diego Oka of La Mar: Winner of Sapporo's Your City, Your Chef 2013" August 22, 2013
- San Francisco Business Times : "Water taxis: The new way to travel " August 16, 2013
- 7X7SF: "Showmanship and Sex Appeal Are the Key Ingredients at Coqueta" August 5, 2013
- Food Network Online: "Michael Chiarello's Road to a Restaurant Opening" June 24, 2013
- Mercury News: "America's Cup: Where to sip, nosh and watch" June 24, 2013
- 7x7SF: "And the 2013 Winner of Your City Your Chef Is..." June 24, 2013
- 7x7SF: "Nautical Eats While You Watch the America's Cup" June 21, 2013
- 7x7: "The Best of Bay Area Drinking of 2013" June 19, 2013
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Coqueta review: a Michael Chiarello triumph" June 16, 2013
- San Francisco Business Times: "Waterfront restaurants try to capture America's Cup crowd" June 14, 2013
- Zagat : "Waterfront Restaurants Create America's Cup Specials " June 11, 2013
- Huffington Post: "Michael Chiarello: Barcelona Is the New Florence " June 7, 2013
- San Francisco Examiner: "Hard Water bartender is a true craftswoman" May 30, 2013
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Hard Water's drinks, meals equally good" May 20, 2013
- SF Weekly: "Hard Water: Charles Phan's Exciting Expansion into Southern Food " May 8, 2013
- 7x7 Magazine : "Seven Reasons to Hit Up La Mar Cebicheria's New Brunch! " April 26, 2013
- San Francisco Bay Guardian : "Coquettish: Michael Chiarello's new Coqueta seduces with Spanish flavors, intimate setting " April 23, 2013
- 7X7SF: "The Weeknighter: Hard Water" April 17, 2013
- Inside Scoop SF : "Coqueta arrives: Michael Chiarello opens his Spanish restaurant on the Embarcadero" April 16, 2013
- 7X7SF : "New Drinks Alert: Check Out the Cocktail Menu at Coqueta" April 16, 2013
- UrbanDaddy : "A Spanish Cocina on the Embarcadero " April 16, 2013
- Thrillist : "Paella and tapas from Michael Chiarello" April 16, 2013
- Zagat: "Inside Coqueta: Michael Chiarello's New Waterfront Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar" April 12, 2013
- Eater SF : "Coqueta, Seducing the Embarcadero Tomorrow" April 12, 2013
- Modern Luxury San Francsico: "Michael Chiarello’s Coqueta Spills Molecular Cocktails on San Francisco" April 10, 2013
- Grubstreet : "Coqueta Opening Saturday, April 13, on Pier 5" April 5, 2013
- Inside Scoop SF: "Michael Chiarello unveils the Coqueta menu, sets a date" April 5, 2013
- Zagat: "Michael Chiarello Divulges Coqueta's Opening Date and Menu " April 5, 2013
- Zagat: "Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Coqueta's Frozen Sangria Moderna" March 22, 2013
- Inside Scoop SF : "As Coqueta nears, Michael Chiarello talks Spanish restaurant influences" March 21, 2013
- SFGate: "Chefs dig allure of new pier hot spots " March 20, 2013
- Eater San Francisco: "Chiarello's Coqueta Gets Chef, Bartender " March 19, 2013
- Grub Street : "Michael Chiarello Names His Chef de Cuisine for Coqueta " March 19, 2013
- Grub Street San Francisco : "Michael Chiarello Names His Chef de Cuisine for Coqueta" March 19, 2013
- Zagat: "Sneak Peek of Hardwater, Charles Phan's Waterfront Whiskey Bar Opening Thursday" March 18, 2013
- SFEater: "New Orleans Meets SF at Charles Phan's Hard Water " March 18, 2013
- Inside Scoop SF: "Hard Water opens on Pier 3, along the Embarcadero" March 16, 2013
- SFGate: "Hard Water tops the week's openings" March 15, 2013
- Tablehopper: "Open This Week: Hard Water" March 12, 2013
- Inside Scoop SF : "Hard Water ready to pour on Embarcadero" March 7, 2013
- San Francisco Business Times: "Bay Area's top 5 anticipated restaurants of 2013" January 2, 2013
- Huffington Post: "Michael Chiarello San Francisco Restaurant Confirmed, Spanish Food Coming to the Embarcadero" November 20, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Chiarello to open Spanish place in S.F." November 15, 2012
- Zagat: "Michael Chiarello to Open a Spanish Restaurant on San Francisco’s Pier 5" November 15, 2012
- San Francisco Business Times: "Star Napa chef lands on San Francisco’s waterfront" November 15, 2012
"San Francisco Water Taxis Approved: Port Commission OKs Bay Service" September 14, 2012
"Charles Phan To Open Cocktail-Driven, Creole Restaurant at Pier 3 on The Embarcadero" February 16, 2012
SFGate.com Inside Scoop:
"Charles Phan headed to Pier 3, with New Orleans on the mind" February 16, 2012
San Francisco Business Times:
"Charles Phan Opening Southern joint on Pier 3" February 16, 2012
"Ceviche is the new sushi: Peru’s cuisine goes global" February 16, 2012
Grub Street San Francisco:
"Charles Phan to Open New Orleans Bar/Restaurant on Embarcadero" February 16, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle: "San Francisco chosen to host America’s Cup" January 1, 2011
"Embarcadero Spots with Good Food, Views" July 4, 2010
The Plant Cafe Organic: The food here is designed for carnivores who dine with vegetarians, or vice versa. It’s part Cafe Gratitude for the raw crowd, part Millennium for vegans, and a little Beretta for those who like pizza and cocktails. Everyone is accommodated either in the chic industrial/green interior or outside on the enclosed patio. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana: If you can’t head to the beach in Peru, the next best thing might be to sit on the deck and have a ceviche and pisco sour at the chic La Mar. I’d recommend the tasting of four ceviches, the empanadas or a causas – traditional whipped potatoes topped with crab.
SF Business Times:
"SF Seeks Head Start in Bid to Win America’s Cup" June 7, 2010
As it readies its pitch to host the next America’s Cup, San Francisco has already scored an unusual coup: Lining up early support from a wide array of government agencies. San Francisco’s economic development arm, which is overseeing the city’s bid, has already received preliminary support from the city’s Board of Supervisors, Port Commission, Recreation and Park Commission and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Golden Gate National Recreational Area.
"Best 2010 Vegetarian Restaurant: The Plant Cafe Organic" May 19, 2010
Considering how many of us now eschew meat all or part of the time, it astonishes us that vegetarian restaurants are still ghettoized in many omnivores’ minds as purveyors of dank-tasting sprouts, pulpits for tempeh zealots, or gathering places for shaggy kombucha evangelists. That’s why the Plant Cafe feels like such a watershed, especially its handsome, high-roofed Embarcadero location, one of three in the city. Vegans self-identifying as “uppity” might scorn the cafe’s flexitarian ethos (you can order poultry or seafood if you like), but, frankly, flesh is nowhere near the kitchen’s strength. At its best, the Plant takes Greens’ food-that-just-happens-to-be-meatless innovation and updates it: Wild mushroom pizza, Thai green curry, and a seriously chocolaty TCHO pot de crème (its lush mouthfeel engineered with tofu) all exude a relaxed sense of accomplishment.
"Bar Stars: Enrique Sanchez, Pisco Point Man" May 16, 2010
Enrique Sanchez was just 14 years old when he made his first pisco sour at a family gathering in his native Peru. Two decades and thousands of drinks later, he’s busy shaking up San Francisco’s cocktail scene with a small slice of home.
"The New Restaurant Row" May 13, 2010
The freeway may have been removed more than 20 years ago, but what used to be a no-man’s land between the Ferry Building and Pier 39 has reached critical mass with restaurants. Only a few years ago if you were looking to send people to a waterside view, you’d have to go to Fisherman’s Wharf; now there are many options, starting with the newest which opened about a month ago.
"La Mar: A Great Place for Ceviche" May 13, 2010
Three times I tried to get into La Mar, and each time the latest I could nab a reservation was 6 p.m. so finally I took it. The sun was still shining and the bay glimmered, setting the mood for seafood. Even at that hour the place was bustling. The bar at the entrance was filled with people trying out one of the Pisco drinks on the menu; if you’re a fan, this is the place to come because few places do them better. Gaston Acurio’s concept clearly is a hit. This Peruvian chef, who also has restaurants in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Spain, is trying to bring his beloved native cuisine to a wider audience, and he seems to have found willing converts. So far this is his only restaurant in the United States.
"San Francisco Piers Make List of Top Developments in the Americas: SFWP’s Spectacular Waterfront Restoration Earns Praise as One of Nation’s Best Land Use Projects" March 31, 2010
The revitalized Piers 1½, 3 and 5 on San Francisco’s historic waterfront have been named as finalists for a national excellence award presented annually by the Urban Land Institute, a 74-year old nonprofit that works on land-use issues. San Francisco Waterfront Partners’ Piers project was among the 17 finalists nationwide for ULI’s 2010 Award for Excellence, which were selected from a list of 170 entries from all over the Americas (South of Market’s Foundry Sqaure was the only other San Francisco project selected as a finalist for this year’s award.) “ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design,” the nonprofit stated in a press release announcing the short list.
"Foundry Square, Piers 1 1/2 to 5 Selected as Award Finalists" March 25, 2010
Two San Francisco construction projects are among 17 finalists for a national excellence award presented annually by the Urban Land Institute, a 74-year old nonprofit that works on land-use issues. San Francisco Waterfront Partners’ $50 million redevelopment of Piers 1 1/2, 3 and 5 was one of the finalists, which were selected from a list of 170 entries nationwide.
"The Plant Cafe Organic" February 17, 2010
The first thing you notice when you walk into the Plant Cafe Organic at Pier 3, on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, is the stunning view of the Bay. But the experience is all of a piece: the modern, Scandinavian-influenced interior with slatted-wood tabletops and unfinished Brazilian-walnut flooring; sleek zinc and stainless-steel equipment in the bar and open kitchens; the homey atmosphere created by the slate-gray schoolhouse-style chairs and the open fire from the pizza oven; and the sunlight streaming through the large windows and floor-to-ceiling glass entrance.
"Revitalized Waterfront a Boon for Business" November 25, 2009
Classy waterfront eateries will stretch from the Ferry Building to Broadway following the successful years-long revitalization of historic Embarcadero buildings. The $50 million redevelopment of piers 1½, 3 and 5 was approved in 2001 and completed in late 2006, and the third and final restaurant is expected to open in early next year.
"Favorite Lunch Cruises with your Boat: Pier 1.5" May 1, 2009
Perhaps the best boating lunch destinations anywhere in the world are right here on San Francisco Bay. The spectacular views from the water, the great weather, and the richness and variety of the food can not be matched elsewhere on this planet. Perhaps best among of the best destinations is Pier 1.5, the new public guest dock built and maintained by San Francisco Waterfront Partners.
"Fine Living Top 10: 2008 Restaurant Openings" February 18, 2008
2008, Peru’s celebrity chef Gaston Acurio is expected to open the first American branch of his internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, along San Francisco’s Waterfront. Acurio ‘s restaurant chain is well-established throughout Latin America and Europe, and each house is known for its modern approach to classical Peruvian food. The San Francisco location – – an indoor/outdoor waterfront location that’s part of a $54-million waterfront renovation – – will be styled after the La Mar Cebicheria Peruana locations in Lima and Mexico City.
- KTVU: "Tom Vacar Reports on Launching of New Water Taxi Launch and Free Public Dock" December 13, 2007
"Water-Taxi Stand Makes Debut" December 13, 2007
San Francisco Waterfront Partners and The Port of San Francisco hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the opening of San Francisco’s first water taxi landing and free public dock.
"Embarcadero to Get Peruvian Restaurant" August 15, 2007
La Mar Cebichería Peruana, the first U.S. restaurant from Peruvian star chef Gaston Acurio, will go into spacious seaside digs in the newly renovated Pier 1 1/2. As a cebichería, La Mar will specialize in Peruvian seafood dishes with Andean, Asian and Spanish influences. The menu will incorporate classic Peruvian dishes and ingredients, such as potatoes, tomatoes and chiles, as well as pastas combined with seafood and chile-infused sauces, all adapted to Northern California’s sensibility and ingredients.
SF Business Times:
"Bloomberg Hits C Note at New Offices" August 13, 2007
In the city’s most expensive lease since the dot-com melt-down six years ago, financial news provider Bloomberg LP has inked a deal to take 30,000 square feet at the Piers, San Francisco Waterfront Partners’ boutique historic rehab at Piers 1 ½, 3, and 5.
SF Business Times:
"Waterfront Developer Hooks Big S.F. Real Estate Fish" April 30, 2007
Paul Osmundson’s episode of “This is Your Life” would include a boat ride along the San Francisco Bay. Osmundson, the new director of development at Pacific Waterfront Partners, LLC has played a leading role in the development of high profile development projects stretching from the Giant’s ballpark to the Presidio.
SF Business Times:
"San Francisco Best Rehab Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5" March 23, 2007
Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 finally docked last year. It took the developer five years of navigating historic preservation rules, approvals from 16 public agencies and uniquely challenging waterfront construction dilemmas, but San Francisco Waterfront Partners opened the office and retail project next to the Ferry Building, bringing back a piece of the city’s waterfront history.
"Restored Piers Pay Tribute to Past" November 27, 2006
The piers have been restored as a $54 million private development that includes transformation of the alleyway into part of a public promenade along the bay. The result shows how much San Francisco’s Embarcadero has changed in the past century — and the difficulty that lies ahead if it is to change even more.
"3 Neglected Piers Taking on New Life" November 16, 2006
A neglected piece of San Francisco’s waterfront opened to the public for the first time Wednesday — part of a project called “The Piers.” It is a historic rehabilitation of Piers 1 1/2, 3 and 5, three old waterfront landmarks that had been neglected so long they were nearly derelict.
"Port Opens Expected Cash Cow" November 15, 2006
“The Piers” along the Embarcadero, a $55 million public-private project expected to command above-average rental rates and provide revenue to the beleaguered port, opens today, and experts say the office space hits the commercial real estate market at an opportune time as vacancy rates continue to drop.
SF Business Times:
"Investment Firm to Drop Anchor at Swanky Waterfront Project" August 3, 2006
The Piers has docked another tenant. With the highest rents in town, between $65 and $70 a square foot triple net, landlord San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC has signed an 11,000 square foot deal at Pier 5 with Renaissance Technologies.
SF Business Times:
"Office Construction Rises Again" June 29, 2006
At Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5, San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC is six months away from completing its swanky 66,000 square foot complex, which at $72 per square foot, it is as expensive as anything in town. “We thought the market would return in 2008, but its returning much more quickly,” says Snellgrove.
SF Business Times:
"Waterfront Project Picks Up First-Class Passenger" February 27, 2006
“Exquisite” and “expensive” were the adjectives Pacific Waterfront’s Simon Snellgrove used back in January to describe The Piers, his $50 million renovation of Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5 that’s nearing completion. Pacific Waterfront has snagged its first tenant — to the tune of $62 a square foot, according to two sources familiar with the deal. The client, publicity-shy private equity firm Aperture Group PPC, signed a 10-year lease for 8,300 square feet of space and will move from the Ferry Building.
SF Business Times:
"Piers Next to Ferry Building Get a Major Buff" January 26, 2006
When the $50 million renovation of Piers 1 1/2, 3 and 5 is completed this summer, the long defunct waterfront property will be transformed from an eyesore to an eye-popping destination that is part of a larger plan to overhaul the city’s aging piers.
"Historic Piers Ready for Return to Spotlight" November 20, 2005
Beginning in 1927, the Delta King and Delta Queen, grand riverboats known for their stained-glass windows and mahogany staircases, chugged overnight from Sacramento to San Francisco’s Pier 3. But after the boats stopped running in 1940, the pier slowly fell into disuse. Now, after years of quiet, the pier will be bustling again next year when a major office, shopping and restaurant complex opens in the historic bulkhead buildings at piers 1½, 3 and 5. Cruise ships, water taxis and yachts will depart from the site.
"Old Piers Getting Dressed Up for New Era on the Waterfront" September 16, 2005
Behind a construction curtain made of black mesh, just north of the Ferry Building, another piece of old San Francisco is being turned into part of the new San Francisco. It is swarming with workers carrying pipes, hammering nails and building forms for concrete. It’s all part of the Piers Project, a development with a 1,000-foot frontage on the Embarcadero. The three piers are being transformed into a complex with shops, restaurants, a dock for large yachts and water taxis, maybe a classy bookstore, perhaps a fish market. There will also be 60,000 square feet of office space when the whole thing is finished next May at a cost of $50 million.
"The Port Approved The Piers Lighting Mock-Up" February 2, 2005
On Wednesday, February 2, 2005, the Port approved the lighting mock-up, as designed by San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC with lighting architect, Architecture and Light. The lighting will provide a dramatic addition to the Waterfront and the Embarcadero and will emphasize the elegance of Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5.
"Construction to Commence on Piers 1½, 3 & 5" April 5, 2004
On Friday, April 2, 2004, the Port closed escrow with San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC on the Piers 1½-3-5 Historic Rehabilitation Project. Construction will commence next week and is expected to last for approximately twenty-two months. The contractor is S.J. Amoroso Construction Company, Inc. and the architects for the project are Hannum Associates and Tom Eliot Fisch.
SF Business Times:
"Enticing Visitors to the Embarcadero" June 23, 2003
Over $1 billion worth of projects including a hotel, cruise terminal, offices, condominiums, retail and public parks are navigating the approvals process as part of the grand vision for the 7½ miles of waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to India Basin.
"S.F. Considers Modern Face for Old Piers" May 9, 2003
Plans to renovate three decrepit piers on San Francisco’s northern waterfront and build restaurants, offices, bayfront walkways and docks for pleasure boats and water taxis and on the verge of becoming reality.
SF Business Times:
"Waterfront Finds Missing Piece in $40M Project" May 1, 2003
The California State Lands Commission has approved a $44 million renovation of Piers 1½, 3 and 5, moving forward the next piece of San Francisco’s waterfront puzzle.
"California State Lands Commission Approves Rehabilitation Project for Historic Piers 1½, 3 & 5" April 22, 2003
The California State Lands Commission approved The Piers Project as being in compliance with the Public Trust doctrine for commerce, navigation, and fisheries and with the terms of the Burton Act.
"San Francisco Port Commission Approves Rehabilitation Project for Historic Piers 1½, 3 & 5" April 8, 2003
The San Francisco Port Commission recently approved the development agreement and lease between the Port and San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC for the rehabilitation and development of Piers 1½, 3 and 5, located on the Embarcadero between Washington Street and Broadway. The $44 million project will include new restaurants, office space, public access, boat docks and a water taxi landing.