The hottest block in San Francisco now is anchored at one end by Yoshi’s, a top flight jazz club and restaurant; and on the south end by 1300 on Fillmore, an evocative jazz lounge and high-concept dinner house featuring the polished American soul food of chef David Lawrence. Both new places are packed, but with different crowds.
1300 on Fillmore feels like a tony club — masculine, dark, commodious. Quilted brown leather banquettes run the length of the room. Capacious wooden tables and upholstered round-backed New Orleans’ style chairs fill the center. Shimmery curtains drop from the high ceiling as do oversized lamp-shade spot lights. Carpeting and all the fabrics keep the noise level mellow so the live jazz from the lounge can drift into the dining room.