Encina opened one month ago. Chef Matt Balke previously worked at York Street, Bolsa Mercado, SMOKE and finally at Bolsa, which previously occupied this location. He combined his talents with Corey McCombs (last at Flora Street), who coordinates the beverage program and was very present on the floor of the place. Together they created Encina a restaurant that stresses fresh, seasonal ingredients presented in a simple, consistent quality driven style. They have a good sized interior but the real plus is the large open air patio out back. There are screens on the openings and covers if it gets too cold but they have installed heating so guests can still enjoy the well spaced outdoor wood tables. Plenty of light is in the room so the table candles are mostly for ambiance but music is provided by noises from the outside streets. A large bar window opens into the interior so it can service both side. A parking lot is adjacent to the building as well as available street parking. Service was well masked, friendly and willing to serve things one at a time so we could share.