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Denise St. Onge, Executive Chef at Contrada SF Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Francisco

Denise St. Onge, Executive Chef

The philosophy that Chef Denise St. Onge brings to Contrada is simple -- to provide her guests with a delightful and gracious experience. She believes in flavor over flair, and showcases the beauty of the products that her purveyors have dedicated their lives to perfecting.

Born and raised in Oakland, California, St. Onge spent her childhood traveling around the world. Her mother was Chef and Proprietor of a small café in an Oakland artist's collective, and St. Onge can remember afternoons when her mother would prepare noodle soup for her in the blink of an eye. In Northern California, she felt immersed in a climate and terroir that conjured memories of time spent with her family in the hills of Lazio, just outside of Rome. From living in Bangkok as a child, to visiting family in Italy, her multicultural background informs her unique and honest sensibilities as a chef.

Working her way through some of the best kitchens in the Bay Area, she spent years at Michael Mina, Gary Danko, SPQR, Prospect and others, all while refining her technique and developing an appreciation for the true nature of hospitality. Chef St. Onge and her team aspire to be part of the future of the restaurant industry in San Francisco. Building upon the principles she has engrained in herself, she hopes to help foster an environment where her guests enjoy countless delicious memories, and where her staff flourishes.

We're Social

Mon-Fri 5pm to 6pm
Sat-Sun 3pm to 5pm

10:30am to 2:45pm
Pizza Menu from 3pm to 5pm

Monday - 5pm to 9:30
Tuesday – 5pm to 9:30
Wednesday - 5pm to 9:30
Thursday - 5pm to 9:30
Friday - 5pm to 10:30
Saturday - 5pm to 10:30
Sunday - 5pm to 9:30

The bar closes at 11pm Sun-Thur
The bar closes at 12am Fri-Sat

About the Restaurant

Contrada SF restaurant and wine bar is fun, warm, welcoming, lively and convivial. Perfect for an intimate date or dinner and glass of wine at the bar.


2136 Union Street
San Francisco, CA