Tadich Grill is the oldest restaurant in San Francisco – and California – and the third oldest in the nation. Their history dates back to the gold rush, which, if you think about it in the perspective of how fast restaurants cycle in and out of business- is astonishing. Just to put 1849 into its proper place on the timeline, 1849 was the year that: the first boatload of gold rush prospectors arrived in San Francisco from the east coast, Zachary Taylor was sworn in as the 12th president, the safety pin and envelope making machine were patented, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery, the first photograph of the moon – through a telescope, dry cleaning was accidentally discovered, Edgar Allan Poe died a mysterious death… and so much more. How incredible it is to have a few restaurants still in existence that date back to this active time in our nation’s history. When your travels take you to San Francisco, this is a restaurant worth experiencing.
The restaurant has moved a few times through the years- and is currently located near the bottom of steep California Street in a beautiful area of downtown.
Tadich Grill is the 3rd oldest in America, behind Antoines Restaurant in New Orleans and Union Oyster House in Boston.
No reservations, just get on the list and wait at the beautiful bar.
David will keep you entertained and take good care of you.
John Tadich- founder. At one point, Tadich’s parter split to open his own restaurant, stealing the byline “The Cold Day Restaurant”. Tadich changed his to “The Original Cold Day Restaurant”.
Old timely view vs current day below. Cool, huh?
Everything you need to know for your next trip to San Francisco- on a napkin, the contact info.
The tables are set with ingredients to personalize cocktail sauce flavor to your palette.
There is a Tadich book. More than a cookbook, this book is a San Francisco history lesson full of politics, earthquakes, vintage photographs and recipes… available through their website.
Next time you are headed to San Francisco, experience this delicious bit of California history – the restaurant is buzzy, beautiful and memorable.
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