Globe is a favorite gathering place for the San Francisco culinary community after they’ve served the last meal and locked the doors on their own places for the evening. Go to Globe for a very late dinner and the chances are excellent you will find some of the city’s best chefs and their crews camped out at tables for late dinners of their own.
We were fortunate to be introduced to Globe by friends who live in San Francisco and love good food. Otherwise, we would have been no more likely to have discovered this restaurant than any other visitor would. You won’t find Globe in the guidebooks and you won’t just stumble upon it.
Globe is open until midnight on Sundays and 1 a.m. every other day of the week. It’s located off the beaten path; you have to know about it to make a reservation or drop in. It isn’t a bad neighborhood, just one filled with office buildings that close at the end of the business day.
For visitors to San Francisco it’s a cab ride from almost anyplace you might be staying. But, when we got in the taxi at the St. Francis Hotel on Union Square, our cab driver knew exactly where we wanted to go, even before we gave him an address. All we had to do was say, “Globe Restaurant.”
At Globe the menu is apt to change from one day to the next, depending on what is fresh and available from local sources. That means the attraction of the place has to be the quality and thoughtfulness of the cooking, not necessarily the ability to go back and have again what you had last time. The online menu includes a soup, three salads, tuna tartare and oysters on the half shell as appetizers. Four pizzas are offered, but only one with any kind of Italian meat and that one includes a sunny side up egg. There is a pasta dish and two fish dishes on the typical menu as well as one lamb, one beef, one pork, one veal dish and a Cornish game hen.
Globe’s “signature” dish is a Delmonico steak for two, which is on the menu every night and harks back to the original Delmonico’s Restaurant in Manhattan in the late 1800s.
The Globe wine list is moderately priced, with enough options to meet any taste.
Globe has an interesting lunch menu and there’s a Sunday Farmer’s Super, prefix at $39.