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Doc Ricketts
cuisine, culture, community

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 chef Justin Deering 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 Deering’s 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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Cooking for Solutions: Savor Sustainability
Doc Ricketts will join the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its thirteenth annual Cooking for Solutions celebration on May 16-18, 2014 in scenic Monterey, California.  READ MORE...
Update on Doc Ricketts (Justin Deering Announced as Chef)
In January of this year, it was announced that Christopher Burnett of Darwin Cafe in SoMa is going to be opening ~DOC RICKETTS~ in the original (and historic) Purple Onion comedy club space in North Beach.  READ MORE... - Tablehopper
Fall Tracking
Tablehopper gets an update on Doc Ricketts, the new restaurant project going into the former Purple Onion: they now have a chef, Justin Deering (15 Romolo), and are under construction for a planned October opening. The upstairs will be the 49-seat restaurant, while the downstairs Doc's Lab will be a bar and performance space. They'll be doing barrel-aged cocktails, too. [Tablehopper]  READ MORE... - SF Eater
Doc Ricketts takes shape in North Beach’s former Purple Onion
Earlier this year, word arrived surrounding Doc Ricketts, the new concept moving into the Columbus Avenue space best known as the Purple Onion, which closed last year.  READ MORE... - Inside Scoop SF
Doc Rickett’s, a New Restaurant From Darwin Café Guy, Replaces the Purple Onion
You may recall that iconic North Beach comedy club The Purple Onion (140 Columbus Avenue) closed last fall after 60 years. Its comedy shows have moved down the street to Kells (530 Jackson Street), and today the Chron reports that Darwin Café owner Christopher Burnett has taken over the space and will transform it into a restaurant.   READ MORE... - Grubstreet

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