After 3 years of success on Mission Street, butterfly restaurant moved to its current location on Pier 33 in the Fall of 2003. butterfly’s 5,000 sq. ft. dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering dramatic views of San Francisco's bay. The open kitchen offers exciting views of Chef and owner Robert Lam, in action.
butterfly restaurant offers reasonably-priced innovative dishes from various Asian cuisines.
Robert Lam is committed to supporting San Francisco’s diverse and innovative artistic communities. As part of his commitment, works by local artists adorn the walls of butterfly.
About Chef Robert Lam
Robert Lam was named 1 of 6 “Rising Star Chefs” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The food staff of the Chronicle is confident that he will become a “national star" chef, shaking up culinary expectations and setting trends across the country.
Robert Lam, Vietnam-born model student-turned-chef, calls what he does "Asian within Asian," pulling from culinary traditions from Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Influenced by his mother, who opened a Vietnamese restaurant, Vien Dong, just outside Los Angeles when the family landed in Southern California after the fall of Saigon. Robert is devoted to bringing out the true flavors of his dishes.
After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a degree in American History, Lam headed straight for New York and the Culinary Institute of America.
Moving back to the West Coast after graduation, he cooked to high praise at Brannan’s Grill in Calistoga. When butterfly came up for sale, Lam decided to "swim in the big pond," and bought it. The dream and skills that were stoked in his mother’s kitchen, the hunger he found at culinary school and the streak of rebellion that infused it all have found their wings at butterfly.
In 2009 Robert Lam dove into an even deeper pond by purchasing a second restaurant, Eastside West, a lounge and restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco’s Marina district. Lam also hopes to someday bring San Francisco his mother’s restaurant.
Continue to watch Robert Lam, as this star is still on the rise.