Modern  Russian  Kitchen

Birch & Rye presents a modern interpretation of Russian cuisine. Using premium and niche ingredients, the restaurant reimagines Russian food through a California lens, featuring unique takes on traditional plates that are deconstructed.

Among the light & seasonal dishes are several gluten-free and vegetarian options. A standout beverage program, which features handcrafted infused vodkas, complements the food offerings.

Anya  El-Wattar

Executive Chef & Owner

A Russian-born émigré and a decades long San Francisco resident, Anya believes there is no better way to connect with the community than through lively conversation and creatively imagined food. Anya first began cooking with her mother in Moscow and later received formal training at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. Prior to opening Birch & Rye, she cooked at Greens in Fort Mason, and successfully ran a catering and non-profit event enterprise, The Butterfly Social.

Maria  Agostinelli

General Manager & Beverage Director

Maria is a hospitality industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. Some of the places she has worked include the iconic and much beloved restaurants Lefty O’Doul’s, Rose Pistola, Rambler, Cento Osteria, and A16. Maria also brings her expertise in the beverage industry to Birch & Rye. She has worked at boutique importer Tosco Wines as well as Enoteca Vino Nostro and most recently, oversaw the food and beverage program at the Battery. With a deep knowledge of food, wine, spirits and beer, Maria has proven herself time and time again to be a consummate front of house professional.

Jennifer  Colliau

Consulting Mixologist

Bay Area mixologist Jennifer Colliau has garnered national press since she came onto the craft cocktail scene almost 20 years ago. Through her companies Small Hand Foods and Small Hand Cocktails, plus her extensive experience writing and giving seminars about cocktail history, she is dedicated to making exceptional craft cocktails with integrity. Dubbed by Eater SF as “The Woman Who’s Improving Every Craft Cocktail You Try,” she specializes in drinks made from real ingredients rooted in traditional methods. Jennifer is responsible for Birch & Rye’s vodka infusions and infusion-based cocktails.