One of our creative members suggested we celebrate our Zodiac Signs so why not begin with our astrological brothers and sisters the Scorpion.
Oohah lah.. a sizzling sign, let's begin with happy hour and dine at luxurious, elegant, classy and swanky restaurant Butterfly's in the city by the bay. A water sign like the Pieces and the Cancer, Scorpions appreciate the lull of the ocean which calms us instantly.....so let's live it up and give it a go....
Indeed, all signs are welcome...and members from the north and east bay can join us by taking the ferry (larkspur, sausalito east and the south bay ferry). How easy is that...or we can carpool... just please make sure you help pay the driver for gas and bridge toll.
Please email let me know if you want to join us for dinner at 7pm.Dinner is optional....
Note: this is a limited attendance RSVP event, so only RSVP if you intend to show up.
No-shows will be removed from the group on this event.
- steph t.
Benicia, CA 7/15/2012
The abstract: Food 3.5-4 stars; Service 5 stars; ambiance 4-5 stars
We had family visiting and they were hungry and wanted to eat after their day on Alcatraz so I searched yelp for restaurants near the ferry terminal. We made very last minute reservations for our large (11 people) group, and they graciously accommodated us. I was a little nervous about it, since I had to choose the place for for a group of international foodies. The problem with restaurants in touristy areas like this is that they don't HAVE to be great to stay in business. They can be mediocre and still keep going just because the clientele changes daily. I was very relieved--pleasantly surprised, even--by our dining experience at Butterfly.
Our waiter Porter was off the charts amazing. He gave us very detailed descriptions of any dish we asked about, and offered accurate and candid personal opinions about what was good and what was not so. Which is nice. I don't like when wait-staff claim everything is amazing, because realistically, unless you are at the French Laundry, it ain't. Anyway, everything he recommended was spot on. He was super personable and told me the ricotta cheese on my entree was made from milk he brought in from his sister's cow from a farm in Marin. My most favorite thing was when he took the children's orders directly from them. Being experienced little foodies, they all knew exactly what they wanted and were able to order on their own (even the 3 year old.) I love when people treat my children like the competent individuals they are.
The menu was one of the more interesting ones I've seen lately. We ended up trying the majority of the menu and it was all really good. Maybe not great, but certainly not disappointing. My husband thought his hangar steak was just ok--I tried it and liked it quite a lot. I had the tempura-fried squash blossoms. They were a fun, novel choice. Not something I'll crave or anything, but I enjoyed the dish and ate it all up. The potato gnocchi served with them were wonderful and I don't typically like gnocchi. The kids' meals were good too...no reheated sysco chicken nuggets...real food. At $10 per kid, I would hope for that.
San Francisco, CA 9/8/2012
Through lots of hype via articles and TV show review I went with my partner for Happy Hour for drinks and appetizers. We had just one cocktail (Vodka/Soda with a splash of cranberry), which was the cocktail special of the day and often what we drink anyway. The cocktails was made well with sufficient amount of liquor. We normally would have had more then just the one but it lasted a long time do to the distractions of the wonderful looking dishes that arrived promptly at our table. We ordered an array of appetizers off the Happy Hour Menu and were not disappointed with any off them. Edamame seasoned with some oily garlic and such is placed on the table as if bread at an Italian restaurant. Calamari was first, which was served with toasted garlic, ponzu marinated cucumbers,and a tabasco remoulade, was good and brilliantly presented. Oyster Shooters are very tasty in their bloody mary sauce, garlic and cilantro gremolata go down well tasting the oyster but without that "fishy taste". Next came the Duck Cofit Spring Rolls (6 bite size per order) that were were served with a chinese hot mustard and honey dipping sauce. These by far were my favorite. We got two orders of these. Last but not least fell in the Wok Seared Shanghai Garlic Noodles. I'm not usually a "noodle guy" but these were delicious. We also added an extra order of these to the tab.
I initially had a little bit of reservations going to a place down on the waterfront a hop skip and stumble from Pier 39. We usually avoid "main stream", and especially tourist traps like the plague. ButterFly however did not give that vibe (at least on a Thursday) at all and the room had an inviting atmosphere with a beautiful view of the bay. We will be back.
Happy Hour Specials
Tuesday – Thursday
3pm – 7pm
bloody mary sauce, garlic and cilantro gremolata
Kennebec Steak Fries
Smoked Salmon and Strawberry Salad Rolls
garlic and ginger “nuoc cham” dipping sauce
Duck Confit Spring Rolls
chinese hot mustard and honey dipping sauce
Wok Seared Shanghai Garlic Noodles
minced scallions, fried garlic
Classic Caesar Salad
chilled hearts of romaine, parmesan croutons
House Ground American Kobe Beef Sliders
aged cabot cheddar cheese
Kalua Pig with Butter Lettuce Cups
hoisin barbeque sauce, toasted cashews, green onions
Vietnamese Chili Wings
blue cheese, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro
Fire Fried Calamari
toasted garlic, ponzu marinated cucumbers, tabasco remoulade
$5 Cocktail of the Day
a special cocktail created by our bartenders
$4 Bottled Beers
bud light, corona, pilsner urquell, pyramid hefeweizen