About Sessions at the Presidio

Sessions is the realization of a dream for Chef/Owner Michael Bilger and General Manager/Owner Evin Gelleri. It began when Bilger and Gelleri started home brewing together at their previous restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District during off hours. While enjoying some of their own brew and a shared passion for craft beer, they formed an idea to create a “New American Public House”- a convivial restaurant where friends and family could come together and share seasonal small plates, craft beers and craft cocktails.

The name “Sessions” comes from the British term “session beers”. The story goes that during WWI in England, munitions workers had to take long breaks between double shifts. Those breaks were often taken at the local pub where the workers enjoyed multiple pints of ale along with lunch and lively conversation. In order to still be in working condition after the “session”, the workers would partake of the lower-in-alcohol but still very flavorful ales available. Hence, “session beers”. This treasured moment in time, when friends gathered together to share in great food, libation and conversation, is what has inspired Bilger and Gelleri to name their restaurant “Sessions”.

The cuisine at Sessions is focused on seasonal small plates intended for sharing. Their partnership with Skywalker Ranch in Marin County enables Bilger and Gelleri to feature locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. The fresh meats and seafood served at Sessions are always naturally raised and sustainably harvested. With these ingredients, Chef Bilger creates refined and approachable dishes which reflect a sense of the place that they are happy to call home.

And of course there is the beer. With about 100 different craft beers, including 24 draft offerings, as well as on occasion, Bilger and Gelleri’s own brew, beer lovers are sure to find a perfect beer to pair with the delicious cuisine.