Chef Ryan Pollnow presents his first project, Aatxe (pronounced aah-CHAY) with Ne Timeas Restaurant Group and The Bon Vivants. Located on the street level of The Swedish American Hall in Upper Market neighborhood of SF, Aatxe is a restaurant and bar that celebrates regional Spanish cuisine and culture with an influence from the Basque Country. Driven by the ingredients of Northern California, the menu draws inspiration from the Basque tapas culture, utilizing traditional Spanish cooking techniques and presentation. Encouraging a communal style of dining, the menu encompasses everything from traditional pintxos and small plates to large cazuelas. Celebrating Spain's drinking traditions and flavors, guests can enjoy aperitifs and contemporary cocktails served individually or in a carafe to be enjoyed amongst a group as well as a wide selection of gins and interesting tonics. Additionally, Aatxe has a curated list of grower-producer wines exclusively from Spain. Entertainment: With the direction of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group Music Directors, Aatxe plays a curated music playlist nightly inspired by hip hop spanning back to the early 90's. Catering: Off-site catering is completed on a proposal basis, please contact us directly and our team will be in touch with next steps! Executive Chef: Ryan Pollnow Born and raised in Northern California, Ne Timeas Restaurant Group Partner and Chef Ryan Pollnow never imagined that working in a country club kitchen as a teenager would lay the groundwork for his career path. After graduating from culinary school, Ryan travelled abroad to continue his education in Northern Spain, where he immersed himself in the Basque country’s culture and cuisine at restaurant Mugaritz. “My time at Mugartiz was more than just cooking – I left Spain completely in love with everything about the country and quickly developed a dream to one day open my own Spanish-style restaurant.” When Ryan returned to the U.S. he moved to San Francisco, working as sous chef under Randy Lewis at the former Mecca restaurant. He later went back to Sonoma, accepting a position at Jackson Family Winery where he discovered his love for agriculture while having a four-acre organic farm at his fingertips. Four years later, Ryan had the opportunity to work in San Francisco again for Lauren Kiino at Il Cane Rosso group as a sous chef. With a desire to explore other cuisines around the globe, he decided to go abroad again and embarked on a food tour of Northern Italy, a trip which furthered his strong commitment to local foods, seasonality and simplicity in his cooking. Shortly after, Pollnow joined the flour + water team as chef de cuisine and later took over as chef de cuisine of central kitchen in 2013, where he earned acclaim from Zagat, recognizing him as a “30 Under 30” up-and-comer on the Bay Area food scene. Now, only two years later, Pollnow brings what he loved about Spain to San Francisco with Aatxe. Private Party Facilities: Aatxe is located on the street level of the historic Swedish American Hall. The building has over 8,000 square feet of event space to accommodate up to 300 guests. Aatxe has a private dining space within this building with capacity for up to 60 seated. Inquire with our events sales manager for information and details surrounding the spaces available. Private Party Contact: Kate Michels: 4154712977 Additional: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine

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  • Dining Style:
  • Casual Dining
  • Cuisines:
  • Basque, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code:
  • Casual Dress
  • Price Range:
  • $31 to $50
  • Payment Options
  • AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Takes Reservations Yes
  • Delivery No
  • Take-out No
  • Accepts Credit Cards Yes
  • Accepts Bitcoin No
  • Good For Dinner
  • Parking Street
  • Bike Parking Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible Yes
  • Good for Kids No
  • Good for Groups Yes
  • Attire Casual
  • Ambience Trendy
  • Noise Level Loud
  • Alcohol Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating No
  • Wi-Fi No
  • Has TV No
  • Dogs Allowed No
  • Waiter Service Yes
  • Caters Yes
  • Concierge Recommended 2015


Mon-Thu: 5:30 pm-11:00 pm Fri-Sat: 5:30 pm-12:00 am Sun: 5:30 pm-11:00 pm

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