I'm a fishmonger and home cook specializing in local seafood cuisine. Working as a fishmonger at the Santa Cruz Harbor and Bay Area Farmers Markets ignited my passion for working with fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. I pull my inspiration from regional seafood dishes including bright and spicy Baja Fish tacos, warm clam chowders and delicate sushi. I have an extensive knowledge of locally harvested seafood and sustainable fishing practices. The ingredients within each dish come from a diverse community of sustainable fisherman, farmers, and artisan food purveyors. I am a person of the sea. Surfing and fishing California waters my entire life has forged my respect for ocean wildlife and strictly guides my decisions about what seafood is sensible to put on your plate. I work hard to ensure the seafood species I serve is bountiful and capable of replenishing and the methods used to catch or harvest the seafood respects our ocean ecosystem. I would love to address any seafood questions and concerns you have about what it means to be a sustainable seafood provider and consumer. You’ll leave my dinner guilt free and full bellied with only the best hand selected seafood. Check out my appearance on ABC Nightline: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/aspiring-chefs-home-cooks-test-skills-buy-meal-27807893
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Aug 17, 2017
Don's meal was amazing!! All the dishes were cooked and flavored in ways that highlight and accentuate the natural flavor of the prestine seafood he picked out himself for us today. We've pretty much given up on eating seafood here after moving back from Japan, but Don's meal has brought us back hope!!! Thank you again!!
Jun 17, 2017
We had a wonderfully delicious evening! Despite the large group (about twenty-five), each course was beautifully plated and well-timed. We knew the seafood was fresh, as we had tagged along that morning for the selection. Excellent food, fun company and an amazing view made for a memorable evening!
Jun 6, 2016
The chef was very welcoming, the food was amazing, and the group was very social. We were in town visiting and the "Taste of San Francisco" menu was just phenomenal. I really appreciated that the chef chose all local ingredients. I would absolutely do this again!
Feb 3, 2016
Amazing seafood! Good food, drinks & company. Chef Don is a wonderful host. The house is very cozy. I will come back.
Jan 20, 2016
Event was fabulous, the food was excellent quality and taste and had good conversations with other guests.
Nov 20, 2015
One of the best seafood meals ever
Nov 9, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
Chef Don was very welcoming, and the food was fabulous. We didn't know what to expect when we knocked on the door and were most pleasantly surprised by the evening: the food, the company, the atmosphere!
Oct 2, 2015
So delicious and lovely!
Sep 19, 2015
definitely the best and the most memorable dining experience for this year! highly recommend it.
Mar 18, 2015
I had dinner at Don's last Friday night and it was amazing. He started the evening with fresh oysters and bubbles. This part of the evening was fun because we got to mingle with all of the other guests who were great. Then we sat down for dinner - started with a simple salad, moved on to the best clam chowder I've ever had in my life (seriously amazing), tartine bread to accompany the soup, 3 different raviolis, 1/2 of a fresh crab (where I finally learned a good way to crack crab - thanks for the tutorial Don!), and finished with homemade ice cream sandwiches. Overall, and absolutely incredible meal. Don and Alli were wonderful - the perfect hosts who always made sure we had a drink in hand, food in front of us, and were enjoying ourselves. Also very informed about fresh & local fish - which made the evening. I'd recommend this to anyone!
Mar 14, 2015
The food was absolutely great. One of the best meals ever. My wife and I were double the age of some of the diners, but we had a great time with everyone. Quite a diverse group. Would highly recommend dinning with Don.
Feb 20, 2015
This review is long overdue. I ate with Don back in January. The food was spectacular, the home was beautiful and the host was very warm and welcoming. If you love seafood then this one is a must try. We were served oysters, clam chowder, bread, pasta, dessert and wine (I'm sure I'm forgetting to list something). So far I've done three events with Eatwith and this one ranks top on my list. Will definitely go back to enjoy more of Don's food.
Feb 19, 2015
Don is amazing! His expert knowledge of all things seafood, including sourcing the MOST sustainable, best-tasting and properly raised creatures from the ocean certainly comes out as a host! The care and preparation that Don goes through for each dish ensured an overall wonderful dining experience. It was wonderful to pick his vast encyclopedic knowledge of the whereabouts of the best seafood for future dining's at home and out. Not only was Don knowledgable and skilled in his kitchen, but was also very warm, polite and courteous! You cannot go wrong with a dinner with Don!
Feb 16, 2015
Don is the BEST! The menu was delicious, fresh, and local. I had my doubts initially, but I found the meal incredible from start to finish. He's also a great host - I would highly recommend eating with Don.
Feb 14, 2015
Really enjoyed the meal Don prepared last night! I honestly have never had a better crab. I'm usually pretty lazy to crack/peel crabs because the payoff isn't that great but last night's crab had by far the most meat I've experienced. Don definitely knows his seafood.
Dec 21, 2014
Don and Allie are wonderful guest, the food was fresh and tasty, love his Clam chowder one of the best I had. From the salad to the dessert that Allie did was incredible. Don was very nice to accommodate my needs and very nice to have us stay for so long. Ready to do it again, amazing experience.
Dec 2, 2014
I've been going to the Berkeley Farmer's market on Sundays for quiet some time now and when I do, I definitely talk to Don to find out what's the freshest fish available. He always gives me a wonderful advice how to cook and serve them with.I feel very comfortable and trust him with my fish selection. I think he's a good guy.
Nov 11, 2014
Don helped us organize an intimate night with friends to celebrate a birthday party. The ceviche was tender and fresh and I refused to leave without the fish taco recipe. In addition to exceptional food Don provided superior service. All guests had cold drinks in hand at all times and plates were cleared just as efficiently as any SF restaurant!
Nov 11, 2014
I've been buying Don's super-fresh fish for over a year now and have been very happy with the quality of his fish and his customer service.
Nov 1, 2014
Don has a niche for making you feel right at home. The atmosphere was delightful as my girlfriend and I enjoyed our outstanding homemade dinner. The spicy cream sauce does a fine job of adding delicious flavor to the best fish tacos we have had in a long time. The meal was plentiful and the ice cream at the end was the perfect closer to an outstanding meal. I highly recommend dining with Don as it is a perfect date night. We will be back soon!
Oct 31, 2014
We were really impressed by the meal we had that was prepared by Don. The flavors were outstanding and unique, the portion sizes were generous and the meal plan was very well thought out . It can be very tricky to cook fish but his fish filets were so tender and tasty. Don was very impressive with his knowledge of food in general and fish in particular. He is a humble and a thoroughly charming host. The setting is very convivial and beautiful and his girlfriend is a perfect co-host. You will NOT be disappointed if you book a dinner with Don.
Oct 30, 2014
Oh and I'd like to add: his apartment is super beautiful and his girlfriend and co-host is a pleasure to spend the evening with as well. Really unique and special experience!!
Oct 30, 2014
You can't get any more San Francisco than this meal. And I mean that in the best way possible. The freshest, most delicious fish, combined with Don's clear talent, knowledge and passion for what he does, combined with Mexican influences in the cuisine (i.e. homemade tortillas! the guac!) = hands-down AMAZINGNESS!! Legitimately fresh, high-quality, delicious fish is really hard to find - even in SF - and here it is. I learned SO much at this meal, ate delicious food and met some great people. (Don also makes the meal veg-friendly, if you don't want fish, and the tofu was excellent). YOU WANT TO GO HERE! DO IT!
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