The Commissary is offered by the Presidio Trust and award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins, in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company. Its Spanish-influenced California cuisine is driven by sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. It also features a mercantile with artisan goods, from batch jams to local cheeses, as well as bottles of wine.
It is located in the heart of the Presidio, and fittingly housed in the former mess hall of iconic streetscape known as the Montgomery Street Barracks. Built in 1895 and known colloquially as “infantry row,” the Barracks are adjacent to the beautiful Main Parade Ground.
The restaurant pairs authentic Presidio elements – such as lighting fixtures reclaimed from a historic Army gymnasium and Douglas Fir table tops fashioned from salvaged wood – with a comfortable, contemporary design. Most seating at The Commissary is communal. The restaurant also offers limited traditional and bar seating, dining on the shaded front porch, and “front row” seating surrounding an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs in action.
The Commissary is a destination unto itself or a wonderful place to enjoy a meal during a day in the park.
Lewis began his culinary career at the California Culinary Academy in 1992. A chance meeting with acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins at a wine auction initiated an enduring professional friendship that landed him at Rubicon, where Des Jardins was the opening chef.
Lewis’ career also includes lengthy tenures at Boulevard, 42 Degrees, The Village Pub, and at Des Jardins’ Jardinière—where he was Executive Chef for five years. During that time, he netted a StarChefs.com Rising Stars Chef Award and three and a half stars from the San Francisco Chronicle. Before joining Des Jardins at the Commissary, he worked with Bon Appétit Management Company leading a chef team operating eight restaurants at Oracle Headquarters.
CHEF TRACI DES JARDINS
Chef Des Jardins has been a force in the San Francisco food scene for more than two decades. She runs a diverse group of restaurants in San Francisco, including: Jardinière, Arguello, The Commissary, Mijita Cocina Mexicana, Public House and TRANSIT.
She is a dedicated philanthropist, sitting on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina, and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. She has won numerous awards from national and local magazines and the James Beard Foundation.
ABOUT THE PRESIDIO + THE PRESIDIO TRUST
Once the most distinguished Army post in the American West, today the Presidio is a new kind of national park.
Visitors are discovering the Presidio in ever-increasing numbers. The park hosts dozens of public events including nature hikes, art and history exhibitions, and festivals. The Presidio is home to spectacular open spaces and historic sites linked by a 24-mile trail network. Its community includes residents and dozens of organizations welcoming the public with activities and services.
The Presidio Trust is an innovation in the management of a treasured American place.
ABOUT PRESIDIO FOODS
Presidio Foods is a Presidio Trust initiative to welcome and serve park visitors with healthy and delicious options.
In 2013, the program launched with Presidio Foods Catering in collaboration with celebrated Chef Traci Des Jardins and Bon Appétit Management Company. The Commissary is the second offering in that partnership.
In coming months and years, the Trust will create a variety of additional dining options ranging from picnic and box lunches to full-service restaurants.