Doc Ricketts
cuisine, culture, community
<p>Doc Ricketts Restaurant and the underground venue Doc's Lab are located on the western edge of the Jackson Square Historic District—a neighborhood with a long history of food and entertainment dating back to the Barbary Coast Era of the Gold Rush. Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab’s extensive renovations preserved the 1911 building. Doc Ricketts offers his guests creative, refined and approachable Northern California cuisine. His food celebrates San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions’ fresh ingredients, while also showcasing an in-house charcuterie program. The thoughtfully designed wine list and artisan cocktails complement the menu. Downstairs from the restaurant is Doc’s Lab, a gathering place for music, comedy, and literary events. This basement originally housed a dance hall, then the legendary comedy and music venue The Purple Onion. Over decades many musicians, comedians, and artists performed (and some even launched their careers) at The Purple Onion—including Phyllis Diller, The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers, Maya Angelou, Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Jim Nabors, Judah Friedlander, and Zach Galifianakis. Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab get their name from the renowned American marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Ricketts lived in Monterey during the 30's and 40's, and became a prominent member of the community. In his lab, night after night he hosted writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians, and locals. Author John Steinbeck, who was a close friend, created "Doc", the beloved main character in his book Cannery Row after Ricketts. Doc and other characters inspired by Ricketts also appeared in Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday (Doc), and The Grapes of Wrath (Jim Casy).
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Our restaurant is located at 124 Columbus, between Jackson and Pacific.
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Doc Rickett’s chef, Justin Deering, accents the natural flavor of the chicken with liver toast and a sherry sauce, along with fingerling potatoes and brocollini.   READ MORE... -
Doc Ricketts: The former Purple Onion is deliciously resurrected
The Purple Onion was a legendary club that helped launch the careers of such entertainers as Robin Williams, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller and the Kingston Trio.  READ MORE... - Inside Scoop SF
SF’s Best Soups – Celery Root
Inside Scoop SF writes about the best soups in SF right now making special mention of Justin Deering's Celery Root Soup available during Doc's new weekday lunch service.  READ MORE... - Inside Scoop SF
SF Chronicle Doc Ricketts harmonizes food and entertainment
San Francisco is a city of paradoxes. We honor tradition, but we aren’t afraid to break it.  READ MORE... - San Francisco Chronicle
Doc Ricketts Opens for Lunch Nov. 12
Doc Ricketts will open for lunch starting Wednesday, November 12th. Regular hours will be Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a limited all-day menu continuing until dinner service, which begins at 5:30 p.m.   READ MORE...

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