An upscale steakhouse has debuted inside the 11-acre Thrive City complex at the Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. MBH Architects partnered with interior designer Ken Fulk to bring chef Tyler Florence’s vision for Miller & Lux to life.
Named after Henry Miller and Charles Lux, legendary butchers in the meatpacking district that once occupied the arena’s site, and inspired by famous Hollywood eatery, Chasen’s, the venue captures the Californian midcentury-modern glamour of high-end establishments Florence visited growing up.
Spanning 7,000 square feet across two floors with unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay, the 147-seat steakhouse has a ceremonial feel created by the visual entertainment of guéridon trolleys traversing the dining room for guests to select their preferred meat cuts and desserts from.
Linking the first and second stories, an ornate wrought iron staircase sparkles with a black and brass bejeweled railing, a Swarovski chandelier installed above, and antique wall mirrors. The first-floor bar’s moody ambience stems from charred wood, oxblood hues, and blue pops inspired by the team colors of the Golden State Warriors, who are based at the Chase Center. Contemporary checkerboard flooring blends the bar’s buzz with the lounge nooks’ coziness.
The second level holds the kitchen, replete with old-school broilers, and a timber-clad, caramel- and gold-toned dining room featuring dark marble and brass-trimmed millwork. Illumination imparts a golden glow over circular banquettes giving each guest the best seat in the house. Fluted floor-to-ceiling columns feature brass accents and 12-sided hand-scraped hickory arches. Plus, a velvet curtain with quail and poppy motifs hides a private dining space, while an outdoor patio hosts alfresco dining.