Meritage redux

Dining room, with a view of 20th Street.

Thursday night (8/13) marks a new chapter in the life of Meritage, which has seen a few reconceptualizations in its five years at 20th and Lombard.

A 10-day work order by owners Michele DiPietro and Irene Landy has yielded hardwood floors, new windows and tables, and high-top seating across from the bar. The color scheme has reverted to yellow.

Prices have come down. New chef Anne Elizabeth Coll, a Susanna Foo alumna, is rolling out a menu -- nothing is over $21 -- that includes a few Asian influences.

Wine program now puts more emphasis on flights and bottles (25 whites, 25 reds) for under $50. (For example, Rose Sauvion d’Anjou 2009 Loire Valley for $39.) Premium vintages (Krug 1989 Champagne, $300, for example) will be available by request in what they're calling a reserve selection. 

Menu is here and wine list is here.