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Opened in May 2000, by Owner and Executive Chef James Schenk, Destino proudly presents South American cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Conveniently located at 1815 Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets, Destino hosts a warmly lit dining area and full bar. Their exclusive wine list features selections from South America, Spain, and California.

Year after year, organizations and magazines give top honors to Destino for cuisine. The San Francisco Chronicle, 7X7, The New York Times, and Evening Magazine have all praised James and Destino.

Active in the San Francisco community, Destino plays host to a range of social and charitable events and regularly participates in Dine About Town.

Destino has changed forms over the past 8 years. Initially the concept was inspired by a cafe in Madrid called "Nuevo Cafe Barbieri" in Lavapies.

This cafe was my living room—a haven of memories, entertainment, and really good cafe con leche.

I realized that San Francisco lacked this bistro-style feel where people could relax and have a great experience. Instead, the city has been plagued with a generic and emotionless industry where the focus is placed more on the prestige of a location instead of the passion that was used to create it.

Destino began as a dream and is now a reality. It will continue to serve as a vehicle—a place where people can dine, enjoy, and relish the joy of life.

- James Schenk

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