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Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco

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To determine the Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco, the following criteria were considered:

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Great Tasting Food

Invariably the food has to taste great, well prepared and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This one is a no-brainer: a famous restaurant is known for its food, and great tasting food is a vital feature of a good restaurant.  Successful restaurants boast of a great chef who produces delicious food for customers.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Range of Beverages

A successful restaurant offers a good range of beverages that cater for different tastes. Although more complex to organize, it certainly pleases customers who want variety. Good restaurants stock popular cordials, wines, spirits and beers and avoid cheaper brands of dubious quality.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Good Service

Excellent customer service is an inherent trait of a successful restaurant business. Customer service constitutes the entire customer experience, right from the politeness and helpfulness of the staff, to the service—how soon the food arrives, the price of the dishes, restaurant ambiance, etc. Effective customer engagement also plays a vital role in improving the overall customer experience.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Hospitable Atmosphere

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. If music is played, it’s appropriate and the volume not so loud that customers cannot talk. Staff is trained to avoid distracting behavior and making unnecessary interruptions and noise.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Price Versus Value

Restaurants have different price points, but the golden rule is that customers should feel that the cost of their meal was fair and reasonable, even in high-end establishments.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Culinary Expertise

Chefs are chosen for their culinary skills and inventiveness. This applies equally to high-end and budget restaurants. Equally, restaurant management are passionate about food, participate in selecting menus and are customer orientated. Management and staff have appropriate culinary knowledge.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Hygiene and Cleanliness

The entire facility is kept spotlessly clean. Eating areas should be wiped clean frequently because nothing puts patrons off as much as a dirty table. Proper food storage and preparation standards are followed to reduce the risk of spoiling food and to eliminate the risk of incidents that could damage the restaurant’s reputation.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – Management Skills

The management team of a successful restaurant is well trained and understands the need to balance selling prices along with food preparation, labour costs and overhead costs. They demonstrate really good people management skills, understanding that happy staff means happy customers.

Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – The Overall Experience

The goal of a successful restaurant is to provide clients with an excellent overall experience that draws them back again and again. This means that everything is focused on enhancing the customer’s experience.


Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – A to N


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A16

2355 Chestnut St.
(415) 440-0460


A16 is an Italian restaurant in California. The restaurant’s cuisine focuses on the Italian region of Campania.

Pizza fans and wine lovers visit A16 to enjoy the flavors of Italy’s soulful south.

A16’s pizzeria shares a name with the highway of the two seas which runs across Italy from Napoli to Bari.

A16’s inspiration comes from the region, especially Campania. Executive Chef Nicolette Manescalchi oversees our menu, which features fresh pasta, house-butchered and house-cured meats and authentic Pizza Napolitana.

Complementing the rustic fare, Wine Director Shelley Lindgren selects wines that highlight the indigenous grapes from Campania and nearby regions.


Acquerello

1722 Sacramento St
(415) 567-5432


Acquerello may be one of the oldest restaurants on this list but it’s far from stuck in its ways.

The Italian favorite keeps things innovative by showcasing talented young chefs alongside the expertise of master chef-partner Suzette Gresham.

In one of the most Old World refined dining rooms in town, diners revel in a prix fixe or seasonal tasting menu showcasing dishes like the decadent Dungeness crab risotto with asparagus, cured egg yolk and oxalis. 

A two-star Michelin restaurant, Acquarello is not just a place to celebrate, its food is a celebration in-and-of itself.


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Aliment

786 Bush St
(415) 829-2737


Inventive eatery serving a hearty American menu, craft beer & wine in spacious, cafelike quarters. Aliment, a family-owned New American Restaurant in the heart of San Francisco.

Just a few blocks from Union Square, Aliment serves organic new American cuisine with excellent choices for drinks such as homemade cocktails, local Napa Wines, and home-brewed beer.

Aliment’s team of chefs re-creates our menu on a seasonal basis

Aliment prides itself in their belief in keeping San Francisco fun and unique by offering a diverse menu for Small Plates, Main Plates, and even Dessert.


Angler

132 The Embarcadero”
(415) 872-9442



Refined seafood restaurant with premium wines & spirits & chic, lodge-like surrounds with bay views.

Appropriately located on the Embarcadero, this waterfront restaurant from chef Joshua Skenes, of Saison fame, relishes the taste of the sea with a raw bar and delicacies like Monterey abalone, giant octopus and scorpion fish roasted over an open wood fireplace.

With walls hung in taxidermied game, it should be no surprise that Angler’s earthly delights, too, are delightful—dishes like smoky, succulent cordycep mushrooms, the signature radicchio salad with vegetarian XO sauce and hot fried quail.


Avery

1552 Fillmore St.
415-817-1187


Elevated East Asian prix fixe menus by Benu & Saison vets, plus sake & wine, in chic surrounds.

Uniting elevated food with a fun atmosphere, we believe that an elegant meal should be lively and relaxed, never hushed.

Our single tasting menu of nine courses offers vibrant and creative dishes that celebrate global flavors and seasonal produce while our beverage program specializes in rare and unique sake as well as Champagnes.

Our space is intimate and refined, but not without its playful touches. 

Drawing inspiration from American modern painter Milton Avery, the restaurant’s namesake, our style is bright, bold, and imaginative.


Atelier Crenn

3127 Fillmore St.
(415) 440-0460


At her Cow Hollow flagship, chef Dominique Crenn digs into her memories and personal narrative to craft her menu.

Diners can now enjoy a 14-course pescatarian tasting menu ($365) that Crenn has put together using produce from the restaurant’s farm in Sonoma as well as other local purveyors of sustainable ingredients.

Diners will experience a delicate tart with koji rice cream and sturgeon caviar; spot prawn essence condensed into a shockingly muscular shot of broth; and clever desserts by pastry chef Juan Contreras.


Bix

56 Gold St
(415) 433-6300


Supper club with a swanky 1930s ambiance, live jazz & a dining room serving American-French cuisine.

On an enticing alley in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, a lone neon sign leads into a soaring room of fluted columns, mahogany paneling, plush banquettes and distinguished artwork.

White jacketed bartenders hold forth behind a gently curved bar, mixing what many have called the city’s best classic cocktails.

Variously described as a civilized speakeasy, a supper club and an elegant saloon, BIX offers modern American cuisine served in a soaring two-story dining room to the strains of live jazz nightly.



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Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave
(415) 775-8508


Popular eatery serving spit-roasted and grilled meat & fish, wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta.

For fresh pasta, Cotogna throws down like an Italian nonna, maintaining a reputation in a town that loves rustic Cal-Italian restaurants.

It’s owned by Michael and Lindsay Tusk, in the same restaurant group as Michelin-starred Quince, but this Jackson Square restaurant is warmer and more casual.

The woodfire oven and grill face out onto the open dining room, with communal wooden tables laden with spit-roasted pork, rabbit, and quail, fresh pasta, and market vegetables.

Don’t miss the raviolo, the single oversized ravioli, that breaks open to reveal a buttery golden egg yolk. 


Campton Place

340 Stockton St 
(415) 781-5555


Upscale dining at the Taj Campton Place, highlighting refined Californian cuisine with Indian notes.

Chef Srijith Gopinathan creates Cal-Indian cuisine by imbuing farmer’s market ingredients with traditional Indian spices.

The result is an exotic, high-end spin on Southern Indian food—one that has earned him at least one Michelin star every year since 2011. 

The Spice Route prix fixe menu features dishes like Maine lobster in a curry broth, duck breast with rhubarb and basil, and slow-cooked lamb served over basmati rice, snap peas, and cumin-lime yogurt. (The lamb and game bird dishes are cooked in an authentic tandoori oven.)


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Che Fico Alimentari

834 Divisadero St.
415-416-6980


A casual, seasonally-driven San Francisco Italian Restaurant on Divisadero serving house-made pizza, pasta, and salumi in a vibrant space.

Che Fico’s street-level grocery & dinnertime sommelier pours Italian wines by the bottle & glass.


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Delfina

3621 18th St
(415) 437-6800


Delfina has been a neighborhood mainstay since before the Mission was cool (read: gentrified).

Owners Anne and Craig Stoll set up shop in 1998, offering fresh Italian fare in an upscale setting.

The decor is minimalist, with wood accents and industrial fixtures; all the better for people-watching out the wrap-around windows facing Valencia Street.

Delfina is known for its pasta, including the classic spaghetti, made with plump plum tomatoes and deftly spiced with pepperoncinis, and the tripe alla fiorentina. Heartier dishes include grilled fish, roast chicken, and wood-grilled steak. 


Del Popolo

855 Bush St.
(415) 589-7940


This Lower Nob Hill pizzeria known for its chewy and blistered Neapolitan pizza crusts. Toppings are spare, so as to not overburden the pies, but maximize flavor nonetheless.

The potato is topped with creamy rounds of Yukon Gold potatoes and sharp-tasting slivers of red onion; a sprinkle of rosemary wakes up the taste buds with its piney aroma.

Antipasti like garlicky, yogurt-marinated cucumbers and hakurei turnips will round out your meal.

The restaurant also sells frozen pies that are already pre-baked in the restaurant’s centerpiece wood-fired oven- In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be able to have a fresh-baked Del Popolo pizza at home.


Fiorella Polk

2238 Polk St
415-829-7097


Fiorella is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in the heart of Russian Hill. We serve wood fired pizza, pasta, antipasti & Italian vino in a casual neighborhood setting.

This little Italian joint has singlehandedly upped the foodie-cred of San Francisco’s outerlands since opening in 2016.

From the wood-fired pizza oven to the creative toile wallpaper featuring Bay Area legends, Fiorella is as much a neighborhood spot as it is a destination.

Helmed by chef Brandon Gillis and Boris Nemchenok of Lower Haight’s Uva Enoteca, the menu here is full of well-executed classics like spaghetti alla cacio e pepe and spicy salami pie with marinated onions, chilis and provolone picante.


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Gary Danko

800 North Point S
(415) 749-2060


Renowned chef Gary Danko’s fixed-price menus of American cuisine in an elegant but unstuffy setting.

Restaurant Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients and personable yet impeccable service. “You don’t just open a great restaurant,” says Chef Gary Danko, “it’s a constant work in progress.”

This commitment to excellence and innovation has earned Restaurant Gary Danko its twelfth Five Diamond rating from AAA as well as a coveted Relais & Châteaux designation.

The Michelin rated restaurant has also earned several James Beard Awards, including Best New Restaurant, Best Service and Best Chef – California.

In a warm, enveloping space overhung with orchids and vibrant artworks, an evening at Gary Danko is both intimate and theatrical—a loving nod to an old-world dining experience with its heart thoroughly planted in the new: fresh, locally grown and raised foods drawn from the region’s vast seasonal offerings, prepared with precision and flair.



KAIYŌ

1838 Union St
(415) 525-4804


Peruvian & Japanese Nikkei flavors star at this playful, stylish outlet by John Park (Whitechapel).

Kaiyo, Peruvian Nikkei, is an exploration of two cultures, immersed in flavors and ingredients, prepared to delight your senses.

Kaiyo seeks to share a story of immigration and embracing a new culture, while conveying the passion of one’s roots. Join us and we will share this story with you.  


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Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St
(415) 981-0983


Taverna-inspired cuisine served in a candlelit, wood-beamed dining room that lures a chic crowd.

A fire in the hearth and chickens twirling on the spit set the tone for this warm and rustic Greek tavern, which is a longstanding destination, right on the border of where the business lunches of the FiDi cross over into the date-night dinners of historic Jackson Square.

The grilled whole fish of the day and lemon-oregano lamb riblets are always a treat, as are the crispy zucchini cakes and quintet of creamy and fishy dips.


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KUSAKABE

584 Washington St,
(415) 757-0155


This high-end sushi spot offers a light-soaked, Zen-like space for sushi, sake, wine & beer.

KUSAKABE is the first pioneer restaurant that only serves “Omakase”, or Chef’s choice tasting menu in San Francisco. 

There is a proverb that has spread in East Asia called “温故知新”.  It means to study what was in the past, learn it, and use knowledge to gain new interpretations. 

KUSAKABE understands and respects the history and techniques of traditional Kyoto Kaiseki, developed in Kyoto, and they continue to “challenge and revolutionize” in a new world of cuisines. 

KUSAKABE provide their guests with food and service that will enrich their hearts and time.


La Ciccia

291 30th St
415) 550-8114


This cozy Noe Valley mainstay is known for its neighborhood vibe and Italian hospitality.

Co-owner Massimiliano Conti cooks recipes from his native Sardinia using organic produce and sustainable fish. Even the wine list is all Italian.

The space is narrow and intimate, lit by candlelight and dotted with crisp white tablecloths.

The specials change frequently, but a few local favorites are in regular rotation: The Prupisceddu in Umidu cun Tomatiga, a baby octopus stew in a spicy tomato base and the squid ink pasta with fresh seafood and citrus zest.   


Lazy Bear

3416 19th St
(415) 874-9921


In lieu of the massive communal table dinners for which the restaurant is known, the Mission District fine dining restaurant is taking its super-seasonal tasting menu outdoors.

The dining area is decked out with individually enclosed tables separated by full-height Plexiglas barriers.

The menu represents the finest of luxury parklet eating: a seafood tower with raw oysters sporting a froth of melon vinegar and a Maine lobster tail garnished with savory XO sauce; and grilled duck breast paired with a crisp fried hushpuppy mixed with rich duck confit.


Liholiho Yacht Club

871 Sutter St
(415) 440-5446


Buzzy, casual eatery in a brick-walled space with booths.

This sleek, sophisticated, and avant-garde restaurant blends chef Ravi Kapur’s heritage with his Prospect pedigree.

The menu is uniquely Kapur’s but draws inspiration from familiar local grindz and stars dishes such as poppy seed steamed buns with 5 spice bacon, tomatoes, and miso aioli.

The restaurant has relocated to the Mission for the moment, while its usual home on Nob Hill undergoes renovations.

But the team is still putting out an appealing, ever-evolving menu for indoor and outdoor dining, including Liholiho favorites like its poke bowl and house-made Spam.


Lord Stanley

2065 Polk St.
Phone: 415-872-5512


Upscale Californian-European restaurant in a polished, bi-level space decked in white & slate.

Lord Stanley, the Michelin-starred Modern European restaurant from co-chefs and husband-and-wife owners Rupert and Carrie Blease, will be transforming into Turntable at Lord Stanley: a hub for world-renowned and up-and-coming chefs to collaborate and showcase their cuisines.

The staff at Lord Stanley will remain in place including the front of house team, chefs and their wine director, Louisa Smith, who will work with each chef in residence to create a natural wine pairing that reflects their menu.


Mister Jiu’s

28 Waverly Pl
(415) 857-9688


Mister Jiu’s, led by chef and owner Brandon Jew and wife Anna Chet Jew-Lee, continues to impress with a menu of contemporary Chinatown cuisine.

The high-ceilinged space has enviable hilltop views of Chinatown streets, while the angular lime green parklet in front of the restaurant reveals the restaurant’s flair for the dramatic.

Mister Jew’s take on the food of his youth integrates dishes like mapo tofu and shellfish with sweet and salty lap cheong with Californian seasonal produce, so you’ll see them with additions like hand-peeled fresh fava beans and green garlic.


Monsieur Benjamin

451 Gough St,
(415) 403-2233


Modern French dining in a polished bistro setting complete with reclaimed wood & white accents.

Hayes Valley happens to have an exceptionally precise French restaurant, owned by star chef Corey Lee, and currently run by chef George Dingle, a Brit who knows his pastry crust.

Monsieur Benjamin has black-and-white tile floors and a horseshoe bar, and deceptively simple and comforting bistro fare, from the duck confit and steak tartare to the chicken liver pate and butter lettuce salad.


Mourad

140 New Montgomery St #1
(415) 660-2500


Moroccan fine dining with a California twist & extensive wine options in a swanky, modern setting.

Chef Mourad Lahlou’s Michelin-starred Moroccan restaurant blends old-world flavors with modern cooking techniques and design.

The glamorous 6,000-square-foot space is modeled after a grand Moroccan home, decked with intricate tiling, vibrant rugs, and twinkling lights.

The highlight of the menu is the La’acha family-style dishes, such as lamb shoulder cooked with moyer prune, cumin, almond, and chicories, or snapper served alongside calcot onion, radish, summer beans, and charmoula.

Pair your meal with a European red, displayed in the glass-encased wine cage suspended above the lounge.


Nari

1625 Post St,
(415) 868-6274


Nari offers a very generously portioned chef’s choice family-style menu in addition to its stellar a la carte options.

Led by restaurateur Pim Techamuanvivit and chef de cuisine Meghan Clark, the menus change weekly with an eye toward whatever produce is in season.

Entrees have included: mussels cooked in curry with charred stone fruits, cucumbers made up like papaya salad or glutinous rice dumplings flavored with strawberry essence.

The star of the current menu is the miang pla a branzino that’s diced up and fried, its crisp pieces flavored with curls of lemongrass, ginger, whole peanuts and chile peppers.


Nightbird

330 Gough St.
Phone: 415-829-7565


Highbrow Californian tasting menu from an upscale bistro with an adjacent cocktail lounge.

Nightbird is an elegant, boutique restaurant in the heart of San Francisco that offers a whimsical pre-fix dining experience.

The restaurant was opened in 2016 by owners chef kim alter and Ron Boyd.

Together, they strive to set the restaurant’s tone with gracious, warm, and genuine service to match the celebrated five-course tasting menu that changes frequently.

Adjactent to the dining room and hidden down the side alley is linden room, a chic and intimate speakeasy-type cocktail lounge offering stylish and creative libations


Nopa

560 Divisadero St.
Phone: 415-864-8643


Ingredient-focused Californian eats & creative cocktails in a lively, 2-story setting.

Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes like porchetta with potatoes, strawberry mostarda, peppercress and cracklings and cannellone made with housemade ricotta, tomato, leeks, radish and shiso are consistently delicious, as are brunch offerings like butter basted eggs with fried asparagus, shitake mushrooms, orange and horseradish creme fresh.

If you come without a reservation at peak hours, be prepared to wait for seats at both the bar and restaurant.


Best Dinner Reservations in San Francisco – O to Z


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ONE65

165 O’Farrell St
(415) 814-8888


Located a block from Union Square, ONE65 is a six-story French dining destination that includes a patisserie and cafe, bistro, bar and lounge, fine dining restaurant and private dining space.

Each floor holds a different tantalizing experience.

The ground floor functions as an all-day cafe, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with chocolates, fine pastries and ice cream all made in house.

The bistro features a long chef’s counter where diners can see most of the dishes prepared “a la minute” while the fine dining restaurant decadent nine-course prix fixe menu that includes three spectacular caviar compositions. 


Octavia

1701 Octavia St
(415) 408-7507


Elegant New American dishes served in a polished, casual corner restaurant decked in neutral tones.

Octavia is the second restaurant from acclaimed chef Melissa Perello.

Showcasing seasonal ingredients from the region’s best fisheries, ranches, and farms, Octavia’s menu is a culinary celebration of local agriculture enjoyed in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.


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Pearl 6101

6101 California St
(415) 592-9777


Pearl has remained consistent, serving its focused California-Mediterranean menu to anyone who wants to brave the Richmond District weather at its al fresco tables.

The chilly, ocean-scented tendrils of fog pair well with the restaurant’s cocktails, especially the Pearl Martini, mixed with Oakland Spirits Co.’s nori-infused sea gin.

Appetizers include: bitter roasted shishito peppers with romesco sauce or the halibut and strawberry crudo, dressed with a puckery and briny nuoc cham vinaigrette.

Pearl 601 offers heartier dishes, like the wood-fired pork chop festooned with sweet farmers’ market nectarines and toasted hazelnuts.


Piperade

1015 Battery St.
Phone: 415-391-2555


Spain’s Basque region showcased via classic dishes & wine served in a cozy, exposed-brick setting.

In 2002, Chef Gerald Hirigoyen and his wife Cameron brought these authentic flavors to downtown San Francisco with the opening of Piperade.

Its owners describe the restaurant as “West Coast Basque Cuisine,” bringing together these two cultures by incorporating fresh local ingredients into French, Spanish, and Basque dishes.

Named after the classic Basque stew of sizzling peppers, tomatoes, and garlic topped with slices of ham and a poached egg, Piperade serves flavorful recipes in a cozy ambiance that is perfect for date nights, business meetings, or outings with family and friends.


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Rich Table

199 Gough St
(415) 355-9085


Californian fare from local ingredients, served in a salvaged-barn-wood space with an open kitchen.

Owners Sarah and Evan Rich have now opened their neighborhood hangout’s dining room in addition to serving their inventive Californian cooking out on their new parklet in bustling Hayes Valley.

In the outdoor seating area, each table is secluded in its own nook.

The chef’s choice menu, which is always a good call, brings you Rich Table classics like the savory aged beef dumplings and cacio e pepe pasta with sea urchin roe, as well as dishes made with whatever’s in season at the moment.

Otherwise, a great way to enjoy the restaurant is to sit at the bar and order all of the snacky items, like the fried sardine chips, caviar plate and salads, and make your way through the cocktail list.



Rooh SF

333 Brannan Street Suite #150
(415) 525-4174


Rooh is prepared for the weirdness of outdoor dining in South Beach with a roomy courtyard and sidewalk seating, gas-powered heat lamps and branded fleece blankets that you can buy if you’re really feeling the chill – Reservations are recommended if you’d prefer to sit in the courtyard.

The small plates that Rooh is known for.

Rooh offers entrees like tandoori monkfish Malabar curry enrobed in a rich tomato and onion gravy, and a four-item combo meal of saffron-tinted rice, pudding and hearty dishes like paneer tikka and butter chicken.


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Sam Wo Restaurant

713 Clay St
(415) 989-8898


New location of the legendary Chinese eatery that’s been serving casual eats since in 1907.

Sam Wo was newly reopened in 2015, and is believed to be the oldest in San Francisco’s Chinatown — and, thus, one of the very oldest Chinese restaurants in America.

Far from just some historical curiosity, however, Sam Wo remains one of Chinatown’s most delicious destinations, beloved by both tourists and locals for its simple, satisfying menu of Cantonese dishes like its fish jook and barbecue rice rolls.


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Seven Hills

1896 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-1550


Lively Italian eatery serving farm-to-table Roman fare with an inventive twist in a candlelit space.

Chef Tony often does not finalize his menu until he has been to the farmer’s market and has seen the season’s freshest and most delicious offerings.

Diners always leave the restaurant feeling as if they’ve eaten something extraordinary.


Sorrel

3228 Sacramento St,
(415) 525-3765


High-end seasonal Cal-Italian mains, plus wine & low-ABV cocktails, in chic, minimalist surrounds.

Sorrel offers a tasting-menu dining, and you can choose to enjoy chef Alexander Hong and team’s precise cooking on its cozy parklet or inside a modern dining room filled with sculptural arboreal arrangements.

The dishes on the five-course menu sometimes hint at the Italian influence of Hong’s culinary training, with stunning and tender pasta always being a highlight.

Filled pastas, like cappelletti tinted bright emerald green with wild nettle puree, are arranged on the plate like precious gems.

The name of the restaurant, a reference to the wild sorrel that proliferates in the lawns and wooded trails of the Bay Area, captures its devotion to foraged products, like fiddleheads and kelp, as well as the very Californian embrace of everything seasonal.


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Spruce

3640 Sacramento St 
(415) 931-5100


Posh locale with rotating art serving seasonal, contemporary American fare & handcrafted cocktails.

The ambiance here is one of old-school elegance, from the Baccarat crystal chandelier overhead to the dark mohair walls.

Chef Mark Sullivan turns out classic dishes that emphasize local ingredients, relying on SMIP Ranch, a private farm near Woodside, for his supply of  just-picked herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Spruce is particularly beloved by oenophiles:

The wine list features more than 2,500 bottles from around the world. In addition, the restaurant works with distillers and wine-makers to create its own house spirits and wines, including a single barrel Kentucky bourbon, a single malt scotch, a Willamette Valley pinot noir, a German riesling, and an array of gins.


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Sons & Daughters

708 Bush Street 
(415) 391-8311


Cozy spot with open kitchen serving a seasonal tasting menu sourced from local gardens, plus wines.

This Nob Hill restaurant exclusively serves a seasonal tasting menu. The nine-course menu is delicate and thoughtful with produce selected from local farms, including chef-owners Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara’s one-acre garden and orchard in Los Gatos.

The NorCal preoccupation with the hyper-local is on full display here—you can watch the plating in the open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant.

Expect dishes that spotlight each ingredient such as scallop crudo with asian pear aguachile and fresh wasabi and hibachi-grilled lamb crusted in local seaweed and peppercorn.


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SPQR

1911 Fillmore St.
Phone: 415-771-7779


Italian entrees & tasting menus made with local ingredients & a vast wine list served in cozy digs.

A Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine, SPQR is an acronym for Senatus Populusque Romanus and translates to “The People and Senate of Rome.”

Two thousand years ago it was the emblem of the Roman Empire and now, in 21st century San Francisco, SPQR is the very highest emblem of what’s possible in contemporary Italian cuisine.

Led by Chef Matthew Accarrino (a 2014 Food & Wine Best New Chef and four-time James Beard Foundation Award “Best Chef West” finalist and semifinalist), SPQR is a culmination of Matthew’s boundless creativity, classical training and strong belief in direct sourcing.

The result is an intensely personal cuisine that is both technically polished and soulful and has earned the restaurant a Michelin star every year since 2012.



The Vault

555 California St
415-508-4675


Upscale Cal-American restaurant inside a chic, moody venue.

The Vault Garden is an outdoor dining oasis in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Situated on the plaza of the historic 555 California building, away from the hustle and bustle, our covered, heated, and weather protected dining room is open rain or shine


Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St
 (415) 772-9060


Popular upscale eatery serving Tyler Florence’s American fare in a British pub-style setting.

When people hear Wayfare Tavern, the immediate association is fried chicken. Tyler Florence sells hundreds of orders of it a day. The meat is first brined and then sous-vided to intensify flavor and tenderness before being fried to order. It’s all served with sprigs of fried herbs and a wedge of lemon.

This is the place to get the original Green Goddess dressing, a recipe Florence acquired from the family of chef Philip Roemer, who invented the dressing at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel in 1923.

Chef Omri Aflalo came on board a little more than a year ago and shortened the menu, yet the sensibilities are the same.

Other favorites include deviled eggs, smoked macaroni-and-cheese and the hamburger made with a proprietary blend of meat that’s seared to crispness and layered with Marin brie cheese, aioli, roasted onion and bacon.

The handsome tavern surroundings set the right tone for enjoying these updated classics.


Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St.
Phone: 415-552-2522


Bustling, bi-level bistro serving famous roast chicken & other seasonal wood-fired eats.

Zuni Café opened in San Francisco, California on February 15, 1979.  

Zuni Café won the James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ in 2003 and ‘Outstanding Service’ in 2018. A

s Zuni continues to evolve, in its own distinctive and delicious way, it strives to remain the way it’s always been: at the same time rustic and cosmopolitan, audacious and familiar, intimate and convivial.


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