Photo courtesy of Hi Felicia

The RundownSan Francisco

Beloved Supperclub Hi Felicia Launches New Family-Style Format


Since exploding onto the scene, Hi Felicia has been one of the most exciting — and coveted — dining experiences in the Bay Area.

The supperclub started in its chef-owner Imana’s apartment, and soon bloomed into an Oakland brick-and-mortar restaurant. Now, it’s ready to take the next step in its evolution, transitioning from a $195 tasting menu to a more accessible, and fun, family-style format, clocking in at seven courses (and then some) for $125.

“We’ve been doing the same thing for a year and half,” says Imana. “I want to switch it up and make the experience feel a little more intimate — and the space is built for it.”

This started in my apartment and we’re very much keeping that living room vibe. Now, we’re all eating together. — Imana, chef-owner of Hi Felicia

That means there will be two seatings of 20 guests each night (5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.), with six counter seats and 16 people seated at one beautiful, long, black walnut communal table. Grab your Resy, starting September 2.

With a new chef de cuisine in Selasie Dotse aboard, the food ethos will remain a constantly changing California comfort food menu with Mexican and Japanese influences. Right now, at the end of summer, that means dishes like:

  • Candied yam and white sturgeon caviar taco.
  • Yellowtail plum aguachile.
  • Peach gazpacho.
  • A tomato “montage.”
  • Cashew queso with Dungeness crab.
  • Whole mackerel.
  • … Plus oh-so-much more.

“This started in my apartment and we’re very much keeping that living room vibe,” says Imana. “Now, we’re all eating together.”

Oh, and pro tip: Thursday nights at Hi Felicia are for its sister concept: a wine bar pop-up (no reservations!), dubbed Sluts, which is eying its own brick-and-mortar, opening later this fall across the bridge in San Francisco. Get excited.