Eos: Setting the standard for Asian fusion for an upscale night out

Eos Cole Valley

The slow-cooked pork belly atop a bed of grits and plum chutney is one of the many filling courses on the tasting menu at Eos in Cole Valley. Photo by KC Crowell.

Eating the food provided on campus for days on end is all well and good, but at the end of the week most students are probably a little tired of the limited choices on-campus dining provides. With that in mind, I decided to branch out and visit a decidedly more upscale restaurant in Cole Valley called Eos Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Opened in 1995, Eos quickly became a neighborhood favorite, though its location, mere feet from the N-Judah line, means it is easily accessible from other neighborhoods.

Eos boasts the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date, with a modern but warm interior decorated with lots of natural wood and candlelight. Warm tinted lights hang from dark wooden beams that crisscross the ceiling while a huge polished and bare tree branch serves as the artistic centerpiece of the space. Tables of smooth black slate reflect the lights from cars passing by the full length windows that border the dining room.

Eos tries to be a few different things. One side of the space is a loud and casual wine bar, while on the other side of a wall diners can sit down and enjoy either an eight course fixed tasting menu or order on their own from a menu of appetizers and entrees.

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