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Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer

Uploaded: Apr 17, 2019
Beef Wellington carved table-side, a roving martini cart, thousands of vintage wines, valet parking -- Selby's, the latest restaurant project from the local Bacchus Management Group, will be a fine-dining affair, set to open in Redwood City this summer.

The restaurant group, which operates Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, The Village Pub in Woodside, Spruce in San Francisco and other local establishments, announced this week new details about the forthcoming 10,000 square-foot restaurant at 3001 El Camino Real. The address is located in Redwood City, though a press release describes Selby's as in Atherton. The restaurant is named for the nearby street, Selby Lane.

Bacchus Management took over the space after the longtime Chantilly’s closed in 2017.

A rendering of the Selby's downstairs dining room, bar and upstairs mezzanine dining area. Image courtesy Bacchus Management Group.

Selby's is "inspired by Hollywood's glamorous dining scene of the 1930s and 1940s," including Los Angeles restaurants Chasen's and Romanoff's. There will be dishes prepared table-side, like a dry-aged duck for two and flambéed desserts, plus that roving cart that will serve gin, vodka and Vesper martinis.

Bacchus Executive Chef Mark Sullivan is developing the menu. Think opulent dishes like a "Black Label" burger, a "modern take" on a lobster Newberg (typically made with butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs and cayenne pepper) and steaks and chops from Flannery Beef, whose owner carefully selects and dry-ages premium beef from all over the country. Vegetables will come from Bacchus' private farm in Woodside, which supplies all of its restaurants.

Bacchus claims that Selby's will offer "one of the most substantial opening wine lists in the United States in the last 15 years," with a selection of 3,000 to 4,000 international wines – the equivalent of 15,000 to 20,000 bottles. The list will focus on vintage Italian, Spanish, French and California wines. The bar will also serve a "rare" selection of bourbon and scotch.

But Selby's will aim to serve business and special-occasion dinners as much as casual meals at the bar, the press release states.

Bacchus hired interior designer Stephen Brady, formerly of Ralph Lauren Home, to revamp the historic space with the addition of dark-green mohair walls, clubby black-paneled walls, chestnut leather chairs and private nooks. A white marble winding staircase leads to an upper mezzanine dining room overlooking the downstairs. 

A rendering of the interior of Selby's in Redwood City. Image courtesy Bacchus Management Group.

There will also be custom contemporary and vintage artwork throughout the dining and bar areas, curated by San Francisco-based Lost Art Salon; a bespoke 20-foot chandelier hanging near the entrance; and a custom chandelier in the main dining room. The space also offers three private dining rooms.

Tim Stannard, Bacchus' founding partner, said in a previous interview that he hopes Selby's will, like The Village Pub and Spruce, earn one Michelin star and a Wine Spectator Grand Award, the magazine's highest award. 

"Our goal is to be of one-star Michelin quality right out the gate," he said.

Selby's will be open daily for dinner only from 5 to 10 p.m. 

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Posted by So much beef, a resident of Fairmeadow,
on Apr 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm

So much beef is a registered user.

It is surprising and disappointing that a new restaurant in this day and age, in this hub of innovation, is continuing to promote beef to such an extent. When are we really going to understand that global warming is ours to solve. Or not? There are plenty of delicious and luxurious foods that are not doing such harm to our planet as beef.

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Posted by Oh Please, a resident of Woodside,
on Apr 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

Disappointing to you, and surpising to no one.

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Posted by Dr Dave, a resident of Atherton,
on Apr 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Seriously So ????
So ....
Farting cows will destroy Mother Earth in 12 years!!!
And ....
Rising sea levels will engulf NYC and Florida by 2015. Oops !!!
And ....
The diminishing Ozone levels will doom us by 2010. Oops !!!

Let solve the homeless epidemic in Redwood City !!!!

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Posted by boo, a resident of another community,
on Apr 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm

boo is a registered user.

Selby's will not be in Redwood City----------It is in San Mateo County.

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Posted by Lawman, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Apr 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm

@Dr Dave. Don't know from whose Faux Hat you pulled your numbers, but it sounds as though you have no issues if those results occur 25 years later... since you will no longer be around and don't keep up with emerging science. @So_much_beef, yes, methane from cows is very deleterious and may become more so as emerging nations grow their standards of living. But tempered with renewable energy, it can still be a treat to be enjoyed as often as even the most ardent environmentalist goes on a business trip or vacation on one of the many airlines. There are terrains where the only food sustaining use is animal husbandry. I just hope Selby's will have a dedicated space where those of us not needing a "whats happening noisebuzz" can carry on a comfortable dinner conversation.

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Posted by Natural Gas, a resident of College Terrace,
on Apr 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm

> Farting cows will destroy Mother Earth in 12 years!!!

What about farting humans? All 17.6 billion of them?

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Posted by So much beef, a resident of Fairmeadow,
on May 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm

If smell is any indication, I've got to be as bad as 3 or 4 cows.

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