Friday afternoon was sunny and we sat in the corner by the window, and ate oysters, crab louis, and petrale at 500 Jackson. Nice but not worth it.
We ordered 1 each of the oysters (Kumamotos, Hama Hamas, Belins, and 3 other local/Pacific Northwest types). Uncertain about our preference, we ordered a second round and tried each other's choices. All were fresh and briny. None were real big (or real tough). 2 dipping sauces (ketchup/horseradish and vinegar/ginger root) came along, but the oysters were the stars. A couple of extras showed up, yum!
A bread basket included some small, oily cornbread fingers with nice red pepper touches and whole corn kernels.
The entrees were fine but less good than the oysters. The crab louis was 4.5 oz (according to the server) of crab meat on a bed of lettuce. Coulda been local Dungeness, but didn't have the big chunks we got at Saturday's Sequoia JACL crabfeed. Both the louis dressing and the lettuce were OK. The petrale was 3 fillets, breaded and fried, drizzled with a hollandaise-y sauce with capers. Served piping hot and just done enough, two plusses. Served with new red potatoes, in whom some eyes remained, rendering random bites bitter, a minus.
Dessert was an apple pie with homemade ice cream. Don't bother.
A couple of glasses of sauvignon blanc were fine.
Lunch, tax and tip came to $93 for 2, thanks to the oysters (around $2.25 each). But we ate like it was dinner time. Even still, it was pricey. I'd still pick Sam's or Tadich, any day. Faster, cheaper, and just as pretty.