Maven is a contemporary interpretation of a lively restaurant and bar, located in the heart of the Lower Haight (which we like to think is the best damn neighborhood in all of San Francisco). Featuring delicious cocktails paired with casual and clever food – our mission is simple: serve substantial, creative dishes – and offer them up with well-crafted, smart cocktails that make all the flavors sing together in perfect harmony.
Guests in our vibrant dining room at Maven will find something for everyone.
From our communal tables crafted from fallen red woods, to an upstairs fireside lounge, a chef’s counter with a front row seat to the kitchen, and a lush living wall above the bar.
To maintain our casual yet refined demeanor, we offer the majority of seats to walk-ins, yet do take limited reservations. We are open seven nights a week, and from brunch until dinner on weekends. For parties larger than 6 guests, please inquire.
Jay Bordeleau, the owner, creator, and mastermind behind Maven, has always had a knack for creativity and creation, and has constantly treasured the arts. Jay’s collaborative work style and his it’s-so-crazy-it-just-might-work ambition formalized while banging drums and crashing cymbals behind the orchestra during his tenure as a music performance major at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Jay was able combine his collaborative leadership style with a profound passion for hospitality while designing, building, and operating Maven Restaurant. He has built a team that truly believes in enthusiastic hospitality. Jay’s life-long passion for wine began during multiple harvests at Rhys Vineyards and was affirm by earning his title as Certified Sommelier and Advanced Wine Specialist from WSET.
Diligent and always innovating, Jay has just opened two new restaurant projects: Cadence, a high-energy restaurant featuring California Cusine from Chef Joey Elenterio. As well as, Mr. Tipples Recording Studio, a craft-cocktail bar offering live jazz every night.
Isaac Miller started cooking as a teenager by reimagining produce from farmers’ markets into creative dishes for his family.
Before signing on at Maven as Executive Chef and Partner, Isaac developed his skills over 16 years working at some of the area’s most respected restaurants including Sons & Daughters, 231 Elsworth, and David Kinch’s two Michelin-starred Manresa. At Maven, he’s constructed a menu around fresh, local ingredients that lend themselves to dishes he describes as ‘thoughtful,’ ‘playful,’ and ‘fulfilling,’ and was awarded 3-stars from Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Isaac unwinds by hiking with his wife and chilling to great music. The longtime hip-hop fan – who also happens to be a skilled break-dancer – is a former intern for ‘The Drum’, which is the world’s longest-running hip-hop radio show.
Selena Donovan, a Zagat Boston 30 under 30 honoree, started her love affair with hospitality behind the bar, hustling-hooch on Bourbon Street, and now is Maven’s General Manager and Partner.
After earning a degree in Public Relations from Loyola, Selena worked in marketing and event planning in New Orleans for a growing hospitality group, developing into General Management and Director of Operations roles. She moved back to her hometown of Boston to work with culinary trailblazer, Lydia Shire, when she soon realized her love for this industry was rooted in fast-paced dining rooms, packed with quality product, craft spirits and personality.
Selena relocated to the Bay Area to join the team at Maven, and has since become the personality at the core of Maven, the warm smile at the door, and the shot of bourbon waiting for you when your long day calls for just that. When not at work, Selena is an avid reader (she started a San Francisco service industry book club) and probably shops way more than she should. She can also be found visiting restaurants and bars around the city, and just enjoying all that is San Francisco livin’. If you ever see her out, be sure to say hello.
Tim Hagney, a New England native, got his start working the door at a busy martini bar. After realizing the party was inside, Tim then spent seven years in the Boston cocktail community behind stellar bars, from Island Creek Oyster Bar to being Bar Manager at The Gallows. Tim relocated to the San Francisco, joining the team at Maven, and has been a jovial face behind the bar for the last three years. No longer the apprentice under the tutelage of Maven’s opening Bar Manager, Kate Bolton, Tim continues the passion and affinity for culinary-driven cocktails. Beyond winning many competitions such as the Beer Brawl Cocktail during SF Beer Week, Tim is a fervent Mezcal affecianato along with 80s thrash punk music.
Since being apart of Maven’s opening team, Kate has received ample praise and accolades, including 2012 SF Chronicle Bar Star, 2013 Eater Bartender of the Year, and 7×7 Magazine’s Best Cocktails.
Kate, currently living in Portland, can be found directing the beverage program and offering delicious cocktails at Americano.