Hours: Restaurant/bar: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-close p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-close Sat. and Sun. Lounge: special events
Comfortably chic downtown bistro with excellent Italian fare.
Lulav is downtown's take on upscale Mediterranean bohemian. The look is neoclassical — soaring ceilings and sweeping staircases, noir lighting set against oriental rugs, floor-length drapes and candelabra, and all of it housed in a 1929 Spanish Mission building. There's a full bar, but the focus is on wine. The owner, J. Matt Lile, is an oenologist, and he personally curates the wine menu. Lulav also has a vast food menu, with a heavy dose of seafood and exotic cheeses. In addition to the restaurant, there's a large lounge and an upstairs event space. The bartenders are friendly, and the bar area manages to feel both cozy and eloquent. Prices are generally steep, but there are regular drink specials.
• Various drink specials
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 5pm-6:30pm
• $6 for six martinis (tasting pours)
• $8 for eight wines (tasting pours)
• Nightly drink specials in the V Lounge
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 11pm-1am