Da Flora is a Italian inspired osteria that is on the corner of Columbus and Filbert in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach. Devoted locals cherish this beloved restaurant for it's lovingly prepared food and romantic ambiance. At dinner the Murano glass chandelier is dimmed to a seductive golden hue and candlelight flickers against the crimson red walls. Chef Jen McMahon has traveled extensively through Italy to perfect such luminous dishes as house made sweet potato gnocchi, Fresh Monterey Squid Roasted with tomatoes & lemon, Spice Rubbed Pork Chop. An extensive and well considered wine list features Italian Wines from small producers.
Chef Jen McMahon along with her husband & business partner, Darren Lacy, are the owners of Da Flora Restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach. Jen has been the Chef at Da Flora for over fifteen years.
Together Jen & Darren share over 30 years of restaurant experience in the Bay Area. Chef McMahon grew up in Upstate New York in a large extended Italian Irish family. Jen takes pride that she cooks every single dinner that is served at Da Flora. She values keeping food authentic, fresh, simple and seasonal, and using only the best ingredients.
Darren grew up in Oakland, California, where he learned to cook in his teens working in restaurants. His fondest memories of food are from being at family gatherings. “I learned early on that good food brought people together.” Darren oversees all aspects of the restaurant operations.
Chef McMahon utilizes the fresh ingredients delivered to her kitchen daily to create a delectable menu. The menu at Da Flora draws inspiration from Italian Cuisine and other Mediterranean influences. Chef McMahon is renowned for her Fresh Monterey Squid Roasted with tomatoes & lemon, Spice Rubbed Pork Chops, Caesar Salad, and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage & Smoked Bacon.