Restaurant Review: San Francisco, California

Uma Casa


When chef Telmo Faria opened Uma Casa in January 2017, it became San Francisco’s first Portuguese restaurant. Adorned with hand-painted blue and white tiles, the restaurant emphasizes seafood (a bountiful raw bar is the first thing you’ll notice walking in the door). Faria also cooks up traditional dishes like piri piri chicken, polenta cake in Madeira sauce, and caldeirada, a Portuguese fish stew. All of Uma Casa’s wines come from Portugal—save for two Californian exceptions—and beverage director Nora Furst goes far beyond Port, Douro reds and Vinho Verde. Instead, Bairrada, Dão, Alentejo and other off-the-beaten-track appellations dominate the cellar. Don’t leave before enjoying the pastel de nata, a small traditional sweet egg tart, paired with a glass of Alambra’s Moscatel de Setúbal.