About

Roger is an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant located at The Ameswell Hotel. We’re redefining dinner and drinks with an on-demand menu of cocktails on tap and casual California cuisine with a Mediterranean slant.

Who We Are

The name Roger, just like many of the names throughout The Ameswell Hotel, is a nod to the aeronautics community right in our neighborhood. Roger is derived from the origins of flight communication when R was signaled back as communication confirmation in Morse Code, meaning “received”. As comms evolved, the confirmation became Received Order Given, Expect Results - or R.O.G.E.R., for short.
This history is woven into our approach here at Roger - you can always expect results from our team, and the Roger Logo even has the Morse Code at its base.
The Ameswell and Roger continue to build on the use of modern technology by blending high-tech and high-touch into the whole dining experience. It’s rocket science.

Technology

Contactless order and pay is available at every seat in our restaurant, creating an on-demand dining experience. At Roger, you choose your own adventure - start a tab and add on food and drinks as the night continues. No more having to wait for a server and a bill to check out all of the other spaces and activities we have to offer, including our Airstream bar, table shuffleboard, lawn games and fire pits.
Roger uses local tech, such as BEAR Robotics’ autonomous food service robots to optimize operations, while bringing a little high-tech spunk. Plus, with a robot busing your table, you can be sure that our guests have our full attention.
With Roger’s use of cutting-edge technology, you know your order will come out to your exact specifications. If you order your steak medium rare, our culinary team will use our kitchen technology to ensure it comes out exactly like you envisioned.

Sustainability

We’ve curated a series of local vendors that share our core value - sustainability. Roger sources high quality produce, dairy, meat, seafood and more to ensure that our guests enjoy some of the freshest (and greenest) ingredients NorCal has to offer.

Partners

  • - The Midwife + The Baker, Mountain View CA
  • - GreenLeaf, Brisbane CA (Pizzini Farms, Salinas CA; Fresh Origins, San Marcos CA)
  • - Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, Monterey CA

The Team

Christian McCallion
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Executive Chef
Recently named Best New Chef by Silicon Valley Magazine, Executive Chef Christian McCallion has a passion for elevating comfort food in unexpected ways and creating an unforgettable guest experience.
An Orlando native, Christian’s entry into the restaurant and events business was under the flags of large companies such as Disney and Aramark. His love for adventure took him to a hotel program in Denali, Alaska, where he found he had a knack for leadership. He continued chasing that adventurous spirit to Vail, Colorado, where he immersed himself in a fine dining, events-based restaurant that focused on a high volume, elevated dining experience. He became Executive Chef at age 22, and hosted many renowned events such as the James Beard Foundations’ Celebrity Chef Tour, Habitat for Humanity Gala & “The Whole30” Dinner Collaboration with creator Melissa Hartwig. When not in the kitchen, you can find Christian playing music, hitting the slopes or the trails, or hanging out with his two Cavalier King Charles pups.
Tom Sommer
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Executive Sous Chef
Tom brings more than a decade of experience in every area of the kitchen. Prior to Roger, he served as a chef and kitchen manager in Vail, CO. He has worked in kitchens across the country and is passionate about streamlining and innovating kitchen processes to provide an amazing guest experience. He also cares deeply about reducing consumption of environmentally harmful foods, and stocks Roger with vendors who care about sustainability as much as we do.
Jacky Li
Director of Food & Beverage Outlets
Jacky has more than a decade of experience in restaurant hospitality, and has recently managed Din Tai Fung and the St. Francis Yacht Club. Jacky is an evangelist for restaurant tech and is passionate about helping guests discover local food and wine - he’s handpicked the selection at our cafe, The Flyby, with new and interesting snacks and beverages for guests to explore.

Roger Bar / Mon-Sun: 4pm-12am

Happy Hour / Mon-Sun: 4pm-6pm

Dinner / Mon-Sun: 5pm-10pm

Brunch / Sat-Sun: 10am-2:30pm