About Us

Meet the Team

David Fisher

David Fisher - Chef at Marlena Restaurant

Chef David Fisher began his culinary career the moment he first served a beautifully executed grilled cheese at his parents' family restaurant. After attending Johnson and Wales, he competed in ACF Competitions and medaled - twice. From barbecue in Oklahoma to Michelin in New York City, David amassed an impressive repertoire of cooking techniques throughout his many years in the industry. He met his wife Serena while cooking at Pearl and Ash, and they went on to create a 12-course dinner pop-up at BoxKite in the East Village.

In June 2017, David moved to California to pursue his interest in the legendary California produce. He held the roles of Chef de Cuisine at both Bird Dog in Palo Alto and Sorrel in Pacific Heights, before discovering the available 300 Precita Avenue space. When he first laid eyes on the building, he knew this would be the space for his maiden restaurant.

Serena Chow Fisher

Serena Chow - Chef at Marlena Restaurant

Chef Serena Chow Fisher’s love of pastry stems from sharing mint chocolate chip ice cream with her childhood best friend and making funfetti cakes for her stuffed animals. Her first kitchen job was at a West Village cupcake, wine and beer bar, until she graduated from New York University. She decided to pursue her passion for cooking at the French Culinary Institute before landing the prestigious gig working under Angela Pinkerton at Eleven Madison Park.

Since then, she’s been the Pastry Chef at Pearl and Ash (where she met her husband, David) and Kat & Theo, before moving to California to be closer to her family. She held the roles of Pastry Chef at Bird Dog and Bakery Manager at Backhaus, before partnering with David to open their dream restaurant on the corner of Precita and Folsom in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights.

Ramzi Budayr

Born and raised on Sutter & Steiner in San Francisco, CA, Ramzi's obsession with food and hospitality began in the kitchen, cooking his first meals for friends and family at the age of 6. After receiving a Bachelor's in Business from Boston University, Ramzi dove into the restaurant industry with his first job at Eleven Madison Park in NYC. In the three years he was at EMP, Ramzi represented the restaurant as Head Maître D' and worked through virtually every dining room position, during which time EMP received its third Michelin star and climbed San Pellegrino's World 50 Best list. In 2015, Ramzi moved to The NoMad (EMP's sister restaurant), eventually climbing the ranks to lead the dining room team as Service Director.

In 2017, Ramzi was offered the chance to move back to California as part of the opening team of NoMad Los Angeles and served as General Manager to over 250 employees for all four of NoMad's food & beverage outlets. When the pandemic hit, Ramzi travelled to France to pursue an advanced degree in Pastry & Boulangerie at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, then returned to his birth city of San Francisco to reunite with his old friend Serena (and new friend Dave) as Managing Partner of Marlena Restaurant in August 2021.

Looking to join our team?

If you're looking for a new opportunity to work with a driven and tight knit team, please send your resume to info@marlenarestaurant.com.