he Latin word for green cardamom, Elettaria has a menu with appetizers such as dayboat sea scallops with celery root puree, oxtail, Meyer lemon and cilantro leaves and a well-edited list of main courses, including roasted chicken with sweet and sour tomato ravioli and smoked sunchokes.
Designer Jason Volenec kept the 72-seat interior as raw as possible with a reclaimed barn-wood ceiling, plank floorboards and exposed brick walls. The landmarked space was previously home to The 8th Wonder, a musical venue where a young Jimi Hendrix headlined. The former stage is now the site of an open kitchen, which overlooks the dining room. A glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room is another focal point of the space, along with a 14-seat, steel bar where handcrafted cocktails and the full menu are served.
From the chiseled pine front door to a puffed rice snack at the bar, each detail of Elettaria is a thoughtfully considered, honest expression of the owners and their backgrounds.