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