Aphotic: The Fancy New Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco

March 31, 2023

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From SF Eater: Take a Deep Dive Into the Menu at SoMa’s Fancy New Seafood Restaurant Aphotic

Chef Peter Hemsley describes Aphotic as a ‘best practices seafood restaurant’

by Lauren Saria  Mar 29, 2023
Earlier this month, a new seafood restaurant swam its way into San Francisco, bringing with it a tasting menu that stars sea life in every sweet and savory course. The new Aphotic comes from chef Peter Hemsley, who previously operated Palette in the same SoMa space the new restaurant calls home. Hemsley closed Palette to pivot to the new concept in February, reopening to unveil a dramatic space wrapped in inky black paint, nut brown woods, and mahogany-hued leather.

Hemsley says the restaurant’s goal is to set a new standard for transparency in seafood sourcing, and through every course, he aims to connect diners more directly to the people pulling products out of the water. “We’re not just another seafood restaurant,” he says simply.

Aphotic (816 Folsom Street in San Francisco) serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.