Santé Dinner at the Fairmont SF Penthouse

Stunning patio views from the Fairmont Penthouse atop Nob Hill

One does not turn down an invite to an intimate dinner in the Fairmont San Francisco’s legendary Penthouse. Particularly a dinner cooked and served by the chef, sommelier and kitchen staff of Santé, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Sonoma. For those who don’t know, the Fairmont’s Penthouse is famous for the historical figures, from movie stars to presidents, who have stayed there… and for its astronomical $10,000 a night price tag. While I’ve had the privilege of time in the Penthouse twice, never have I enjoyed hours of a private dinner, lounging in the pool room, around the massive apartment, on the tiled deck immersed in brilliant city views, while savoring impeccable food and wine.

Join me on a mini-photo journey through the evening.

Roses brighten the long, black table in the Penthouse’s private dining room
Amuse bouche: egg shell filled w/ cauliflower custard, California osetra caviar
To start, a salad featuring grilled asparagus from the Sacramento Delta
Astrological signs dance around the domed ceiling of the library
Anyone up for a game of pool in the unforgettable pool room?
Ricotta agnolotti pasta with English peas, truffles and a crunchy brittle of Parmesan cheese
A floral silhouette punctuates the dining room
Fourth course: Maine lobster with fava beans & black eyed peas

Quit the alcohol consumption to get

The drawing room is cozy with earth tones and comfortable chairs
The dining room set for an intimate dinner
A tray of macarons and sweets to finish
And dessert! A Valrhona chocolate trio of panna cotta, ice ream and a chocolate financier