Meet the Team

Redefining a classic.

The intimate art deco-inspired Redwood Room is a San Francisco institution only made better by the people of San Francisco. 

Dawn Taylor-Cole

Executive Chef

Since her arrival at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, Chef Dawn Taylor-Cole is focused on seasonal and sustainable menu development with a little bit of “I’ve never seen that before” sprinkled in.

Patrick Sterling

Food & Beverage Director

The service industry found Patrick. He found a home in a world class city, at an historic hotel with an iconic cocktail lounge – all which provide a myriad of challenges as well as opportunities to learn and grow.

Pooya Banifazl

Director of Outlets

With over 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Pooya loves the organized chaos of the restaurant business.