Local restaurants and bars share the most famous celeb and athlete to visit their business

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January 13, 2020 4:00 AM

Robin Williams (actor, comedian) at César

“I served Robin Williams [and] I poured him a shot of tequila. That one caught me off guard. I worked at César — next to Chez Panisse. He came in and it was pretty dark. He just said, ‘Can I have a shot of tequila?’ and I said, ‘You’re Robbin Williams, you can have whatever you want.’ The story was that he got in a fight with his wife, so he came in for a shot. That was probably around 2005.”

– Dylan O’Brien, owner of Prizefighter bar. 

César: 1515 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

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Robin Williams (actor, comedian) at César

“I served Robin Williams [and] I poured him a shot of tequila. That one caught me off guard. I worked at César — next to Chez Panisse. He came in and it was pretty

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Steph and Ayesha Curry (Steph is the point guard for the Warriors and Ayesha is a celebrity cook and cookbook writer) at Telefèric Barcelona

“Lots of Warriors and NBA players come to our restaurant in Walnut Creek, and one of the things they love most is doing the porron — [a] classic manzanilla sherry wine poured from a [glass wine pitcher] into their mouth!” When Steph and Ayesha Curry visited the Spanish restaurant, they ordered the lobster paella, sangria Barceloneta and the basque salmon. 

 

– Telefèric Barcelona staff

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Steph and Ayesha Curry (Steph is the point guard for the Warriors and Ayesha is a celebrity cook and cookbook writer) at Telefèric Barcelona

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Sharon Stone (actress) at Sociale

“A long time ago, I served Sharon Stone, and at the time, she was married to Phil Bronstein (former executive editor of The Chronicle).  She was stunning, [her] personality was larger than life, [she was] super-nice, and very personable. She was dressed casually and she’s a true Hollywood star. This was around 2002 or 2003.”

— Scott Youklis, owner of Harry’s Bar and co-owner of Loma Brewing Company

Sociale: 3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco

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Sharon Stone (actress) at Sociale

“A long time ago, I served Sharon Stone, and at the time, she was married to Phil Bronstein (former executive editor of The Chronicle).  She was stunning, [her] personality

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LeBron James (forward for the Lakers) at The Cavalier, Marianne’s, and Park Tavern’s Eden Lounge

“For the last six years, LeBron James has frequented the Big Night Restaurant Group’s restaurants including The Cavalier, Marianne’s, and Park Tavern’s Eden Lounge. When he’s in the city, the basketball player himself reaches out directly to make a reservation. Co-owner and managing partner Anna Weinberg notes that LeBron is knowledgable about wine, often opting for French wines as well as Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. Most recently, he ordered a 2012 Promontory Cabernet Sauvignon. He typically likes to eat healthily and encourages those around him to do so as well.” 

 

– Big Night Restaurant Group

 

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LeBron James (forward for the Lakers) at The Cavalier, Marianne’s, and Park Tavern’s Eden Lounge

“For the last six years, LeBron James has frequented the Big Night Restaurant Group’s restaurants including The

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Kanye West (musician/rapper) at Park Tavern

“In 2013, Kanye enjoyed pancakes at Park Tavern with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, an investor in the restaurant. To pair with his brunch, the rapper had a McLaren cocktail (gin, cucumber juice, lemon, ginger beer) and said it was ‘amazing.'”

 

– Big Night Restaurant Group

 

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Kanye West (musician/rapper) at Park Tavern

“In 2013, Kanye enjoyed pancakes at Park Tavern with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, an investor in the restaurant. To pair with his brunch, the rapper had a

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Former President Bill Clinton at La Folie 

“I cooked for [former] President Bill Clinton before. It was interesting because there were four tables for Secret Service that we had no idea about. They tasted the food before Clinton did. We thought they were normal guests. Once other guests left the building, they stood up and said they were Secret Service. That was about 2003.”

– Thomas McNaughton, chef-owner of Flour + Water and founder of ne timeas restaurant group

La Folie: 2316 Polk St., San Francisco

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Former President Bill Clinton at La Folie 

“I cooked for [former] President Bill Clinton before. It was interesting because there were four tables for Secret Service that we had no idea about. They tasted the

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Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian) at E&O Kitchen and Bar

“Happy to share when Anthony Bourdain was here. We hosted a dinner for the American Institute of Wine and Food benefiting its scholarship fund, and it was a night with Anthony Bourdain, who happened to be celebrating the launch of one of his books. First things first, upon arrival, he ordered a Negroni.  Once he had the drink in hand, he was ready to greet our staff and visit the kitchen line before the rest of the guests arrived.  For the rest of the evening, his glass was never empty. What surprised me was how gracious and soft-spoken he was. All of our staff was completely enamored with him.”

– Sharon Nahm, executive chef  at E&O Kitchen and Bar

E&O Kitchen and Bar: 314 Sutter St., San Francisco

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Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian) at E&O Kitchen and Bar

“Happy to share when Anthony Bourdain was here. We hosted a dinner for the American Institute of Wine and Food

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Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson (Dutchess of York) at Marianne’s

“The Dutchess dined at Marianne’s, a salon tucked away behind The Cavalier, where she left a candle from her daughter’s wedding and a handwritten note to thank [staff] for her meal. Her favorite dish was Brussels sprout chips with vadouvan and lemon zest.”

 

– Big Night Restaurant Group

 

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Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson (Dutchess of York) at Marianne’s

“The Dutchess dined at Marianne’s, a salon tucked away behind The Cavalier, where she left a candle from her daughter’s wedding and a handwritten

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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (former 49ers owner) at The Buena Vista

“[Former 49ers owner] Eddie DeBartolo and [former 49ers President] Carmen Policy were regulars here. Joe Montana has been here and Jim Plunkett. There were politicians within the Democratic National Committee. You get actors, which I do not recognize, but I have my other people tell me, ‘oh, that’s so and so,'”

– Paul Nolan, a longtime bartender at The Buena Vista

The Buena Vista: 2765 Hyde St.,  San Francisco

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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (former 49ers owner) at The Buena Vista

“[Former 49ers owner] Eddie DeBartolo and [former 49ers President] Carmen Policy were regulars here. Joe Montana has been here and Jim Plunkett.

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Bruce Bochy (former professional baseball player and former Giants manager) at The Brixton

“Bruce Bochy still enjoys sticking close to home base for the Giants and oftentimes frequents The Brixton’s second location near the ballpark. He often comes with his family but usually other Giants upper management, including Brian Sabean. He usually gets the ribs to start with a couple of beers and then moves on to Moscow mules. Brian Sabean generally drinks Titos martinis on the rocks or Moscow mules with half soda, half ginger beer.”

 

– Rachael Barrett, general manager at The Brixton

 

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Bruce Bochy (former professional baseball player and former Giants manager) at The Brixton

“Bruce Bochy still enjoys sticking close to home base for the Giants and oftentimes frequents The Brixton’s second

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Lou Reed (musician and former lead guitarist and singer for the Velvet Underground) at Toy Soldier 

“The highlight was a few years back, when this very pale and skinny man in black sat down for dinner in the patio. He says, ‘Bourbon, please. What you got on ice?’ It was not until I was halfway to the bar that I realized it was Lou Reed! He had pasta, bourbon, and bread. He was quiet, polite and cool. It was the only time I had to step out and ask him questions about his music, his writing, and his life. He was patient and kind.”

 

– Franz Meis, general manager at Toy Soldier

 

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Lou Reed (musician and former lead guitarist and singer for the Velvet Underground) at Toy Soldier 

“The highlight was a few years back, when this very pale and skinny man in black sat down for dinner in

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Jessica Alba (actress, co-founder of Honest Company) at Bourbon & Branch 

“One of my friends is friends with Jessica Alba and she wanted to see Bourbon & Branch. I took her on a tour through the original speakeasy that’s hidden within the bar. She wanted to take a picture behind the bar with her friends and myself, so we took that photo. She’s very sweet and personable.”

– Doug Dalton, proprietor of Bourbon & Branch

Bourbon & Branch: 501 Jones St., San Francisco

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Jessica Alba (actress, co-founder of Honest Company) at Bourbon & Branch 

“One of my friends is friends with Jessica Alba and she wanted to see Bourbon & Branch. I took her on a tour through the

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Photo: Courtesy Of Doug Dalton

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Shawn Hale and the Birdhouse team (professional skateboarder) at Bourbon & Branch 

Dalton continued…

“The following week, the Birdhouse team came and they had seen the Instagram [photo] of Jessica Alba behind my bar and were very excited to take the same tour and they wanted to emulate the same photo that Jessica Alba did. So, the entire Birdhouse team, with Shawn Hale in the front, emulated Jessica Alba because they liked her so much. I was just so amused that they were enamored by her.”

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Shawn Hale and the Birdhouse team (professional skateboarder) at Bourbon & Branch 

Dalton continued…

“The following week, the Birdhouse team came and they had seen the Instagram [photo] of Jessica

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David Byrne (songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of The Talking Heads) at César

“He was doing something at Berkeley. He spent most of his time smoking and occasionally got a bite and drink, [then he would] go out and smoke again. He had that celebrity magnetism. Even if you didn’t know who he was, you knew he was someone.” (Around 2006)

— Dylan O’Brien, owner of Prizefighter bar. 

César: 1515 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

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David Byrne (songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of The Talking Heads) at César

“He was doing something at Berkeley. He spent most of his time smoking and occasionally got a bite and drink, [then he would]

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Adam Silver (NBA commissioner) at Toy Soldier

“Most recently, the commissioner of the NBA was in for lunch the day after the Warriors lost the Finals. He was kind, drank tea with his wife and baby daughter, and answered questions on the future of the team and the condition of Klay Thompson. There was a large family having a reunion outside in the patio and at the end of his lunch, he went outside and sat with them, took pictures and answered more questions. Very classy guy.”

 

– Toy Soldier staff

 

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Adam Silver (NBA commissioner) at Toy Soldier

“Most recently, the commissioner of the NBA was in for lunch the day after the Warriors lost the Finals. He was kind, drank tea with his wife and baby daughter,

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Billy Bob Thornton (actor) at Sam’s Anchor Cafe

“We recently had actor Billy Bob Thorton come by for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Cafe. We don’t want to disclose full details of his visit to honor his privacy, but he did enjoy some of Sam’s signature dishes and drinks on the deck.”

– Moana Restaurant Group 

Sam’s Anchor Cafe: 27 Main St., Tiburon

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Billy Bob Thornton (actor) at Sam’s Anchor Cafe

“We recently had actor Billy Bob Thorton come by for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Cafe. We don’t want to disclose full details of his visit to honor his privacy, but he

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Robin Williams (actor, comedian) at César

“I served Robin Williams [and] I poured him a shot of tequila. That one caught me off guard. I worked at César — next to Chez Panisse. He came in and it was pretty dark. He just said, ‘Can I have a shot of tequila?’ and I said, ‘You’re Robbin Williams, you can have whatever you want.’ The story was that he got in a fight with his wife, so he came in for a shot. That was probably around 2005.”

– Dylan O’Brien, owner of Prizefighter bar. 

César: 1515 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

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Robin Williams (actor, comedian) at César

“I served Robin Williams [and] I poured him a shot of tequila. That one caught me off guard. I worked at César — next to Chez Panisse. He came in and it was pretty

… more

Photo: Kevin Winter // Getty Images

Local restaurants and bars share the most famous celeb and athlete to visit their business