"Café Maritime is the culmination of a distinct calling," says proprietor Mark Mitcheltree. "It was an attraction I couldn't deny". Having worked his way through the MBA program at San Jose State at San Jose's highly acclaimed Eulipia Restaurant, Mark surprised his friends and family after graduating by committing himself to the challenging restaurant business.

"Every night, I leave the café feeling like I have made a positive impact on people's lives. Consistently providing great service and wonderful meals are harder to do than most people think, and there is an incredible sense of accomplishment when you do both well. That's why I wanted to open my own place," said Mitcheltree. After a nearly three year search, Mark was excited to find the perfect space at in San Francisco's Marina District. The location close to the Bay seemed a perfect venue for a New England inspired seafood restaurant with an appreciation for California ingredients.

The menu at Café Maritime focuses on bringing out the freshness of wonderful local seafood; paying homage to both its original East Coast inspiration and local San Francisco traditions such as award winning crab cakes. The commitment to sustainability and seasonality is reflected in changing nightly specials and a raw bar that features an array of local oysters.

“A lot of transplanted East Coast folks tell me that they remember restaurants back home specializing in ultra-fresh, simply prepared seafood at reasonable prices." said Mitcheltree. " When you cook seafood right, it's easy to eat often. It's been gratifying to see how many locals come back over and over for specialties such as our lobster roll that you can't find anywhere else in town."

A large curvaceous banquette evocative of a curling wave is the main focus of Cafe Maritime. A boat shaped bar welcomes patrons as they arrive, inviting all to touch its finely crafted surface. Soft lighting and white panel walls highlight an abstract seascape mural.

The restaurant's interior is sophisticated in its imagery, yet simple and down to earth. Designer John Lum, who also did the interiors for the groundbreaking AsiaSF and the Hayes & Vine Wine Bar, felt that Mitcheltree had found a winning location for his intimate restaurant as soon as he saw the 45 seat venue. "I knew the space could capture the feeling of tranquil summer day by the sea," said Lum. And repeat diners from near and far obviously agree as they relax and enjoy the simple, yet sophisticated offerings, complemented by Lum's exquisite aesthetic sensibility.

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