Chico Marx, A Playful New Dining Concept Opens in South San Francisco

The warm interior of Chico Marx, replete with a bar and artistic image of Albert Einstein

Where sun-drenched flavors of Latin America, Spain, and California meet for a lively take on lunch and happy hour.  

South San Francisco (May 3, 2023) – Ventas REIT and award-winning food service partner Bon Appétit Management Company recently opened Chico Marx, the newest dining concept to join the rapidly growing South San Francisco food scene. Chico Marx is a sophisticated lunch and happy hour destination where local produce and sustainable practices are brought together to deliver a playful, modern culinary experience.

Located at 2 Tower Place (near the South San Francisco exit off Highway 101), Chico Marx is housed within the Tower Place campus, managed by Transwestern. It offers a relaxed bar atmosphere where guests can enjoy a craft cocktail, share small plates made with locally sourced ingredients, or enjoy an elegant multi-course meal with colleagues and clients. Fully-equipped private dining rooms accommodate a variety of meetings and event experiences with full catering service.

Executive Chef Jose Alvarez’s menu brings together the diverse but complementary culinary traditions of Spain and California with influences from the Latin American diaspora. “I have always been very passionate about Latin American Cuisine,” he says. “The ingredients we use are rich and full of deep flavors that transport me back to my roots. At Chico Marx, I’m taking these roots and showing how they intertwine with the culinary styles of Spain and California.” Bold, bright flavors coaxed from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients dominate the easy elegance of the menu. In keeping within Bon Appétit’s companywide standards, dishes at Chico Marx will feature produce sourced from within 150 miles whenever possible along with humanely raised meat, certified cage-free shell eggs, and seafood that meets Monterey Bay Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines.

The menu features wholesome salads, assorted happy hour tapas, entrées, and a full bar menu, including specialty cocktails.

The menu features wholesome salads, assorted happy hour tapas, entrées, and a full bar menu, including specialty cocktails.

Happy Hour Menu highlights include: 

Marx Mojito  
white rum, lime, sugar, mint

Red Sangria Carafe 
red wine, Spanish brandy, orange liqueur, seasonal fresh fruit

piquillo peppers, jamon iberico, olive tapenade, arugula

Impossible Albondigas  
chipotle marinara sauce, onions, parsley

Bodega Bay albacore tuna, red onion, avocado, aji amarillo, cilantro, plantain chips

Menu Highlights include: 

Tempranillo Braised Short Rib  
gigante bean ragu, and pickled red onion

Spinach Empanada  
Yukon Gold potato, melted leeks, idiazabal cheese, salsa chimichurri

Bolinas Black Cod 
braised new potatoes, sweet and sour onions

Pollo Al Ajillo 
chicken, asparagus, garlic, pimento cream sauce, saffron rice

Patatas Bravas  
fried new potatoes, almond, salsa romesco

General Information 
Open Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm
Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm
Reservations can be made by calling 650-731-9146
Online reservations are available on OpenTable.

High-resolution restaurant interior and menu imagery is available HERE. Credit for all photos: Kelly Puleio