Michelin-acclaimed SF restaurant hosts Celtics for dinner

Berber, a Moroccan restaurant in Russian Hill in San Francisco, hosted Boston Celtics players Marcus Smart, Aaron Nesmith and Juwan Morgan the day before their NBA Finals Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, 120-108, at Chase Center Thursday.

The trio took photos with guests and co-owner Borhen Hammami on Wednesday night amid a four-course prix fixe Moroccan dinner in a private setting that also included live entertainment.

Marcus Smart and other Boston Celtics players (not pictured) dined at the Berber the day before an NBA Game 1 Finals victory over the Warriors.


It is not known what the Celtics players ate at their meal. What is very clear, however, is that Marcus Smart is a big fan of ripped skinny jeans. It was lightly roasted on Twitter for changing his uniform after the Eastern Conference Finals victory so he could take pictures in a pair of stylish jeans with his teammates. He was back in ripped jeans again at Berber before handing the Warriors their first playoff home loss.

Berbère opened in late 2018 and is named after the Berber people, an ethnic group native to North African countries including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Along with cuisine inspired by the peoples of North Africa, the immersive nighttime dinner also features belly dancers, aerialists, and drummers.

The Michelin Guide lists Berbère as a “Bib Gourmand” restaurant and highlights its “cocktails of aces”, as well as the food and ambiance. While the website says the menu changes weekly, some of Chef Hicham Senhaji’s regular entrees include grilled branzino, seasoned duck with farro, and camel burger, which is the only one offered in San Francisco.

Berber offers the only camel burger in San Francisco.

Berber offers the only camel burger in San Francisco.

From Business Owner/Yelp

Smart, Nesmith and Morgan and the rest of the Celtics will look to make it 2-0 on Sunday when the Warriors host Game 2 at Chase Center in San Francisco. Tipping is due at 5 p.m.

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