Nightbird is an elegant boutique restaurant in the heart of San Francisco which embraces community, diversity, and delivers a hospitable and whimsical experience.


chef/owner of Nightbird and Linden Room

Kim Alter is the chef/owner of Nightbird and adjoining Linden Room, which marks herfirst solo project in San Francisco's Hayes Valley.

 Alter formerly worked with the Daniel Patterson Group for three years at the helm of kitchens such as Haven and Plum in Oakland, California. Prior to that, she has worked in some of the Bay Area’s most notable restaurant kitchens including Manresa, Ubuntu, Aqua and Acquerello.

Alter's menus showcase a commitment to technique, whole animal cookery, and support of local farms. Her food often takes familiar dishes to new places with creatives pins on classics. Alter earned a Food & Wine Magazine nomination for People’s Best Chef in 2012 and 2013 with her talent for bringing “down-to- earth boldness to cerebral dishes.” She won the title of "Best New Chef" from Oakland Magazine while at Haven, which was also named "Best New Restaurant" under her direction and awarded three stars from San Francisco Magazine.  She grew up in Laguna Beach, California and is agraduate of the California Culinary Academy.


Nightbird menu celebrates the best of California’s diverse cultures and natural landscape.

Chef Kim Alter's dishes are a reflection living and working in the Bay Area for the last 20 years and evokes warmth and a playful connection to food. Her cooking techniques draw out deep and layered flavors that are both bold and balanced, evocative, and surprising, and, above all, delicious. This is savory, satisfying food.


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