Bridal wear, a wine bar, and Wildseed succeeds Belga: Explore these 3 new Marina businesses

Bridal wear, a wine bar, and Wildseed succeeds Belga: Explore these 3 new Marina businesses
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By Hoodline - Published on November 18, 2019.

Looking to check out the freshest new spots in the Marina? From a plant-based restaurant to an outpost of a Beverly Hills bridal shop, read on for a list of the newest businesses to open their doors in this area of San Francisco.


2000 Union St.

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Wildseed is a plant-based restaurant and cocktail bar from restaurant group Back of the House. Replacing the group's Belgian pub Belga, Wildseed serves a meat-free food menu featuring such dishes as beet poke, king trumpet mushroom ceviche, rice bowls and "super grain" paella for two (on the weekends, there's also sweet and savory brunch fare). The plant-filled spot's nine signature cocktails include a pineapple Negroni, an apricot julep and a gin and tonic with aloe, and happy hour specials are available Tuesday-Friday from 3–6 p.m.

Wildseed currently holds 4.5 stars out of 91 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Brittney B., who reviewed the business on Nov. 11, wrote, "I was pleasantly surprised to discover this place. I loved Belga and was sad to see it go. But Wildseed has replaced Belga, and this is absolutely amazing!"

Johnny C. noted, "Best brunch I have had in recent memory."

Wildseed is open from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Essi Wine Bar

3330 Steiner St.

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Essi Wine Bar has taken over the space of Nectar Wine Lounge, which closed up shop last year after 14 years in the neighborhood. The newcomer has refreshed the interior with new lighting, furniture and flat-screen TVs. In addition to a wide selection of wines, Essi Wine Bar offers a full menu of small and large plates, including flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie boards, lobster mac and cheese, braised short ribs and more.

With a five-star rating out of 21 reviews on Yelp, Essi Wine Bar has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Erick T., who reviewed the wine bar on Sept. 12, wrote, "I love the sleek and modern ambience. A huge upgrade to the old Nectar!"

Luke R. added, "Great spot. Owner is nice and knowledgeable about wine. Food is really good, too."

Essi Wine Bar is open from 2–10:30 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 2 p.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Winnie Couture

1827 Union St.

Photo: Winnie Couture/Yelp

Beverly Hills-based bridal shop Winnie Couture has opened its first San Francisco location in t he Marina. The new shop carries a full line of wedding gowns and accessories designed by Winnie Chlomin Lee, who co-founded the brand in 2001. Lee has designed dresses for Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Aniston and other Hollywood celebrities.

Yelpers are excited about Winnie Couture, which currently holds 4.5 stars out of six reviews on the site.

Serena C., who reviewed the shop on Oct. 23, wrote, "I haven't said yes to one of their wedding dresses yet, but I definitely had such an amazing experience at Winnie Couture."

Yvonne K. added, "What a wonderful experience my daughter and I had this past week here. The dresses are beautiful, and the ambience so calm, romantic and lovely."

Visits to Winnie Couture are by appointment only, and its salon can accommodate up to six guests per party. (See the business's website to request an appointment).

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