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Joe's Cable Car 4320 Mission St. For an excellent burger, Joe's Cable Car restaurant in San Francisco is hard to beat! Joe's Cable Car restaurant has been making burgers for San Franciscans since the 1960s and it is a well kept secret. Joe's Cable Car restaurant decor is that of the typical diner with stainless steel moldings and booths but the real magic is in the kitchen that has a window where you can view your burger grilling after it is ordered. These burgers are really good quality since they have a butcher shop on site and grind their own meat. These San Francisco burgers are a little more than you would pay for at comparable burger restaurants (Lori's Diner, Mel's Diner etc.) but they are worth it. Joe's Cable Car restaurant is also independent so it is not so cookie cutter like the other comparable burger joints. We did have one not so pleasant incident with our order where our burgers were mixed up somewhat (I got a smaller patty than I ordered and my wife got a larger one than she ordered...and let is suffice that it wasn't as simple as switching the patties). I told the waitress about the mix up and she said that she could send the burgers back to the kitchen but that would have meant waiting even more....which we didn't want to do. Anyway, the burger was delicious even if the order was screwed up. I thought the waitress would throw in the fries for free or something but she didn't. She said we should have sent the burgers back to the kitchen if we weren't happy. We didn't want to wait and didn't feel she was sensitive to our trouble so her tip suffered as a result. I've been to Joe's Cable Car restaurant before and the service seemed to be fine so I think this was a one-off. In any case, even with the mix up, I consider Joe's Cable Car restaurant to be one of the best San Francisco burger restaurants.


 
Ruth's Chris Steak House
1601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Sizzle in Downtown San Francisco - Famous for serving sizzling steaks all around the world, Ruth's Chris has a great reputation for serving aged, corn-fed USDA Prime steaks and for providing first-class service.

Offering a fabulous selection of savory appetizers, delicious entrees and scrumptious homemade desserts, Ruth's Chris Steak House in Downtown San Francisco is a restaurant for everyone to enjoy.

Online reservations are suggested.

 


Scala's Bistro
432 Powell St., San Francisco CA 94102

Just a half a block from Union Square, Scala's Bistro is bustling with Old World ambiance, from original murals and a warm atmosphere done in deep, rich tones to a pan-Mediterranean menu. The open kitchen pours out aromas from Italy, Spain and France while the service is just as warm as the decor. After dinner, Harry Denton's Starlight Room is the place for a cocktail on the twenty-first floor of the Sir France Drake hotel overlooking downtown San Francisco's city lights.
  


Scott Howard
500 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94133

French Californian. San Francisco's SF Chronicle puts the Scott Howard on its "must-visit list," most definitely for Scott Howard's top-tier seasonal cuisine that balances heavier dishes, like Venison and Pork Bellies, with a fresh touch. The adjoining Mahogany Bar is a swank but understated spot for a pre-dinner libation.
  


Silks
222 Sansome St., San Francisco CA 94104

A San Francisco restaurant (in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

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with an elegant and formal dining room that attracts high-end corporate lunch goers to its business-central address on Sansome and California. While the Asia meets California cooking works well for both dinner and lunch, the under-appreciated for dinner hour makes for quiet evenings and romantic dinners for two.< A hip San Francisco restaurant, it's popular with locals and serves French-inspired American food, with Asian accents just for good measure, all at reasonable prices. A comfort food favorite, Luna Park also has a lively bar scene.


Range
842 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110

San Franciscans feel at home at Range, a simple, warm addition to the fertile Castro/Mission restaurant gulch. The Californa cuisine isn't shocking, and neither are the prices, but Range manages to be a delightful San Francisco restaurant choice with elegant offerings and a stellar international wine list.


 


xyz
181 Third St. (at Howard), San Francisco CA 94103

Fusion. Located on the ground floor of the W Hotel San Francisco, xyz is a sleek space for chic cuisine in a modern, DJ-lounge setting. Mellow, ambient beats fill the air while a knowledgeable staff serves seasonal cuisine, fine wines and cocktails. The xyz restaurant San Francisco is now open for weekend brunch.
 

Buca Giovani
Since 1972, Buca Giovani has been an Old World Italian restaurant in North Beach, serving Tuscan food and hailed as one of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco. Ah, amore.

 

Bar Crudo
603 Bush St., San Francisco CA 94108

Seafood, raw and cooked, especially raw, is the name of the game at tiny but hugely popular Bar Crudo. Tucked in a hideaway above Union Square, Bar Crudo is the perfect place to ditch the shopping masses below and meet over oysters and a glass of cava. - Nob Hill Restaurants  

 

Burger Joint
Valencia Street

These are burgers you'll dream about if you ever move away from the city.  We drove back, over 1800 miles once, to experience them again.

 

Baraka
288 Connecticut Street, San Francisco CA 94107 One of San Francisco's "rising star chefs"

(San Francisco Chronicle 2005), David Bazrigan, creates a menu inspired by French Mediterranean and Moroccan fare. Baraka brings energy and flavor to comfy Potrero Hill. The restaurant's menu features small and large plates to share; try the warm pistachio crusted goat cheese with onion jam and honey or the Dungeness crab cake with harissa hollandaise. House specialties include a seafood paella with mussels, clams, prawns, salmon, chorizo and saffron rice and a lamb tagine with prunes, marcona almonds, chick peas, and couscous. -

Elephant Bleu
3232 16th Street. Tel. 415.553.6062

This new place has yet to find a groove, but meanwhile it's serving huge, delicious soups at rock-bottom prices. The space is small yet airy, but the music can be annoying.

 

McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant
900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109

Located in Ghirardelli Square (near Fisherman's Wharf), McCormick and Kuleto's is a chain restaurant that's a popular tourist destination in San Francisco. With over thirty seafood specialties and a stadium-seating setup affording panoramic views of the Bay and Alcatraz Island for all diners simultaneously, it's easy to see why.

 

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Greens
Fort Mason, Buchanan St., at Marina Blvd. Tel. 415.771.6222

$$. Just the view of Alcatraz alone from this spectacularly located landmark helps whet the appetite of admirers from around the world. One of the rare sophisticated dining spots that offers a splendid meatless menu, Greens is always packed. Make reservations and bring an adventurous palate. Everything is delicious and sparkling fresh.


McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant
900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109

Located in Ghirardelli Square (near Fisherman's Wharf), McCormick and Kuleto's is a chain restaurant that's a popular tourist destination in San Francisco. With over thirty seafood specialties and a stadium-seating setup affording panoramic views of the Bay and Alcatraz Island for all diners simultaneously, it's easy to see why.


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Greens
Fort Mason, Buchanan St., at Marina Blvd. Tel. 415.771.6222

$$. Just the view of Alcatraz alone from this spectacularly located landmark helps whet the appetite of admirers from around the world. One of the rare sophisticated dining spots that offers a splendid meatless menu, Greens is always packed. Make reservations and bring an adventurous palate. Everything is delicious and sparkling fresh.

Sizzling Prime Steaks in Downtown
Located near the San Francisco Civic Center, Ruth's Chris Steak House is a beautiful restaurant for business luncheons or dinner events. Featuring two banquet rooms, large enough to seat up to 90 guests, this San Francisco restaurant is ready to wine and dine their guests. Ruth's Chris is also home to an award winning wine list for those who prefer to drink top-notch wines. Online reservations are suggested.

Espetus Churrascaria
1686 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Brazilian. For lovers of Brazilian steakhouses, where the all-you-can-eat salty meat comes on skewers hot from the flames, and the salad bar features delights like pao de queijo (cheese bread) and fresh Brazilian sides, Espetus Churrascaria is a classy San Francisco spot for what is affectionately known as a meat ambush.

 

Jardinière
300 Grove (at Franklin), San Francisco CA 94102

In the shadow of San Francisco's golden-domed Civic Center, Jardinière is a glamorous restaurant housed in a landmark brick and glass San Francisco building. Inside, one of the most extensive wine lists in the city pairs seamlessly with the seasonal French cuisine.

Millennium
580 Geary Street, San Francisco CA

Vegetarian and vegan cuisine isn't just for protesters anymore. San Francisco's Millennium, located in the Savoy Hotel, features a completely animal-free menu and serves artfully presented and deliciously gourmet vegetarian cuisine that spans the culinary gamut from Black Bean Feijoada to Carrot Lasagnette in an classy dining room open to dressing up or down. Wild mushrooms and chickpeas are common, saffrons and chutneys spice up veggie concoctions and the dessert menu includes dairy-free delights such as Vanilla Cinnamon Sorbet and Bananas Flambe. Millennium also takes eco-friendliness to a new level with a selection of organic wines.

Nopa, named after its north of the Panhandle neighborhood, is the new millennium's answer to Zuni Café—a classic neighborhood restaurant that is casual and welcoming and serves uncommonly good food like nine-hour Bolognese, grass-fed burgers and braised lamb shank. 


Zuni Café
1658 Market (at Franklin), San Francisco CA 94102; Tel. 415.552.2522

American. A few blocks from Hayes Valley in the Art Deco gulch of central Market Street, Zuni is worth the short trek from Hayes Valley restaurant offerings. In a glass, triangular corner building, Zuni became famous during the Dot Com era for its masterful American cuisine and cocktails in an open, industrial space. Today, Zuni Café continues to have a strong San Francisco culinary following.

 

Betelnut
2030 Union St. San Francisco, CA 94123; Tel. 1.415.929.8855

Long before it become commonplace, San Francisco's Betelnut was melding flavors from throughout Asia to create a pan-Asian restaurant that still packs them in more than a decade after it opened. The sexy bar and equally sexy crowd that packs the place adds to Betelnut's appeal. 

 

Eos
901 Cole (at Carl), San Francisco CA 94114

Asian Fusion. Named for the Greek goddess of the Dawn, Eos embraces the spirit of wine and sake as the great rejuvenators with an extensive wine and sake list and a menu boasting eclectic dishes meant for sharing and pairing. Open nightly, Eos is an intimate space with rotating art on the walls and a neighborhood hub in the Haight and Cole neighborhoods.

Bix
56 Gold St. San Francisco, CA 94113

Hidden on a quiet alley in the Financial District, Bix feels like you've stumbled across a speakeasy from San Francisco's bawdy old days. Live jazz coupled with inventive but straight ahead American fare makes Bix one of San Francisco's most distinctive restaurants.

 

Bob's Steak & Chop House: Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Steak. With high-backed chairs and rich wood paneling, Bob's Steak House in San Francisco's Omni Hotel feels like an iconic steak house, sans the Western vibe. With views of downtown San Francisco, Bob's Steak and Chop House delivers stiff martinis alongside award-winning steak and chops.


Kyo-Ya
2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco CA 94105

Located in San Francisco's Sheraton Place Hotel Restaurant Kyo-Ya caters to Japanese businessmen when they are away from home. The restaurant is spare in decor but artful in presentation. A dish of scattered sushi is gorgeously presented in a stacked bento box. The freshest of fish glistens and shimmers in various shades of opal, coral, and ruby. Other optionsat Kyo-Ya abound from rice and noodles to Japanese-style steaks.

 

Maxfield's Bar & Grill
2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco CA 94105

With a gorgeous mosaic tile floor and rich wood paneling, Maxfield's Bar & Gill provides a rich clubby atmosphere in San Francisco's financial district. Maxfield's is also home to the Pied Piper Bar where famed artist Maxfield Parrish's mural "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" dominates the decor. The bar was voted one of the "World's Seven Greatest Bars." Maxfield's Bar & Grill t serves up elegant martinis and Californian cuisine with dishes like olive oil poached wild salmon with black pepper potatoes, roasted saba tomato, zucchini, and Brentwood corn sauce or Sonoma rack of lamb with pistachio crust, minted lamb jus, ratatouille timbale, tomato confit, and carrot mousse.

Rubicon
558 Sacramento St. San Francisco, CA 94111

Rubicon's dazzling, French-inspired menu garnered one Michelin star and the restaurant continues draw raves for its eclectic food and chic décor. In addition to world-class food, Rubicon's wine list has won numerous accolades including the prestigious "Grand Award" from Wine Spectator every year since 1998. There are over 1,600 different selections on the wine list and over 17,000 bottles in the cellar. A chef's tasting menu with wine pairings is available as well as an a la carte menu.

 

Tiramisu
28 Belden Place San Francisco CA 94104

Tucked away in a secluded alley in downtown San Francisco, Tiramisu is a small, Northern Italian style bistro known for its namesake, heavenly layers of expresso-drenched lady fingers. The pasta is homemade and the menu changes daily to offer the freshest seafood available.

 

Tommy Toy's
655 Montgomery St., San Francisco CA

In a setting far removed from the surrounding financial district, Tommy Toy's brings Imperial Chinese cuisine in an imperial setting. The dining room is decorated with 300-year-old tapestries, glass panels, carved wooden archways,



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silk draperies, and Chinese fans. An appropriate setting for the elegant Chinese cuisine fused with French style, technique, and presentation. Signature dishes include fresh Maine lobster sauteed with fresh mushrooms, young chives, and a light peppercorn sauce served on a bed of Chinese angel-hair crystal noodles and Mongolian barbequed lamb with hoisin sauce and fresh mint on a bed of marinated spinach.
 

 

Brandy Ho's
217 Columbus at Pacific in Chinatown. Tel. 415.788.7527.

$. A real neighborhood Hunan place. You will enjoy smoked ham with bamboo shoots, calamari with black bean sauce, and chicken curry with garlic and hot sauce. 

 

Eastside West
3154 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94123

In the heart of the Marina's chic nightlife zone, Eastside West is the perfect San Francisco restaurant for pre-party dining in the area. Part bar itself (there's a live DJ from Thursday to Saturday nights), Eastside West offers fine American dining with an East coast twist.

 

Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe
2300 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Italian. Covered in frescoes for an Italian villa vibe, Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe doesn't look all that different from romantic street cafes in Northern Italy. Chef Angelino Aureliano, born and trained in Italy, crafts distinctive Italian cuisine prompting Esquire Magazine to claim in 2004 that Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe "is the best Italian restaurant to open in the US in years."


Jay's Cheesesteak
553 Divisadero, Tel. 415.771.5104

$. As the name implies, Jay's serves cheesesteaks, both traditional and vegetarian (seitan) varieties—lovingly prepared, filling and juicy. Sirron Norris's artwork adds bouyancy and color to an otherwise simple decor.


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Anzu
222 Mason St., San Francisco CA 94102

The best of surf and turf come together at this warm and eclectic San Francisco restaurant in the lobby of downtown's Hotel Nikko where a Japanese spirit meets Saloon Town. The prime aged beef, flown in from Chicago's Allen Brothers, is served alongside the zangy and fresh sushi, made at Anzu's sushi bar. The protein overload pairs perfectly with Anzu's inventive Saketinis and Sakeritas.
  


Asia de Cuba
495 Geary (at Taylor), San Francisco CA 94102

Modern Asian. San Francisco's Cliff Hotel and its signature Redwood Room define the sophisticated pen where chic San Francisco urbanites play. The ornate etched mirrors and dramatic interior set the mood for people watching and whet an appetite for the adjacent Asia de Cuba's cutting edge Asian fusion cuisine.
  

A. Sabella's
2766 Taylor St. 3rd Floor San Francisco CA 94133

For 82 years, A. Sabella's has been a classic Fisherman's Wharf restaurant. With an old-time feel and postcard perfect views of Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, A. Sabella's is still an iconic Fisherman's Wharf restaurant known for fresh seafood (the 1,000 gallon tank makes it so), a long, reasonably-price wine list and a vibe tourist-trap Fisherman's Wharf restaurants have long tried to emulate.
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Alioto's
#8 Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco CA 94133

A classic San Francisco restaurant, three generation of the Alioto family have been serving up Sicilian-style seafood at Alioto's since 1925. Dine on local calamari and fresh Dungeness crab as you watch the boats come in under the Golden Gate Bridge. The views of the San Francisco Bay and the marina from Alioto's three-tiered dining room with its wall of windows are not to be missed.
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Ana Mandara
891 Beach (at Polk), San Francisco CA

Vietnamese. One of San Francisco's best restaurants, the beautiful Ana Mandara arguably serves San Francisco's best Vietnamese food in a modern and exotic setting. Lush silks, orchids and dark woods permeate the scene while the menu takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine to a gourmet level. The award-winning wine list features standouts from all over the globe.
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Absinthe Bar & Brasserie
398 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Consistent and classy, Absinthe Brasserie and Bar is a Hayes Valley favorite, busy on almost any night of the week and steps from the San Francisco Symphony and Opera House. With a full bar (stocked with single malts), accesible French fare (the leg of lamb is stellar) and an excellent dessert menu (the Lavender Creme Brullee is our favorite), Absinthe has it all in one dark and rich atmosphere.

 

Acquerello
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Acquerello is known for its extensive collection of Italian wines and fine dishes to match such as sea bass carpaccio with Sicilian olive oil, lemon zest and green onion, or the ridged pasta with foie gras and black truffles. Tender pillows of Swiss chard and ricotta malfatti served with brown butter, sage, and shaved Parmigiano are not to be missed. One of the best Italian restaurants in the country.

 

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
398 Hayes Street, San Francisco CA 94102

Consistent and classy, Absinthe Brasserie and Bar is a Hayes Valley favorite, busy on almost any night of the week and steps from the San Francisco Symphony and Opera House. With a full bar (stocked with single malts), accesible French fare (the leg of lamb is stellar) and an excellent dessert menu (the Lavendar Creme Brullee is our favorite), Absinthe has it all in one dark and rich atmosphere.

 

Ali Baba's Cave
531 Haight St. Tel. 415.255-7820

For a fast, cheap lunch on the go, Ali Baba's Cave has a host of Haight fans. The falafel and shawarma are the biggest draws, in addition to Middle Eastern salads, eggplant dishes, and sandwiches in this dimly-lit nook. 


Axum Cafe
689 Haight. Tel. 415.252.7912

Casual, tasty Ethiopian for cheap. The service can be unbelievably slow, but the food is consistently delicious and filling. Particularly good on a chilly night. 

 

Alfred's
659 Merchant St., San Francisco CA 94111

$$$. Steak reigns here, but there is consideration of other tastes with a little seafood and some Italian pastas. Comfortable and quiet, it's a good place for a little business wrap-up, a romantic kickoff or a party. $100 dinner for two.

 

Aqua
252 California Street, San Francisco CA 94110

$$$. An expense account destination, Aqua is the crown jewel of Charles Condy's empire, which includes Charles Nob Hill, Redwood Park, and Pisces. This upscale eatery will cater to peculiar dietary needs with color and creativity. A wonderful fish entrée or veggie plate upon special request can be topped off with any of a variety of "to die for" nonfat or low-fat dessert options.

 

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d's
659 Merchant St., San Francisco CA 94111

$$$. Steak reigns here, but there is consideration of other tastes with a little seafood and some Italian pastas. Comfortable and quiet, it's a good place for a little business wrap-up, a romantic kickoff or a party. $100 dinner for two.
 

 

 
Aqua
252 California Street, San Francisco CA 94110

$$$. An expense account destination, Aqua is the crown jewel of Charles Condy's empire, which includes Charles Nob Hill, Redwood Park, and Pisces. This upscale eatery will cater to peculiar dietary needs with color and creativity. A wonderful fish entrée or veggie plate upon special request can be topped off with any of a variety of "to die for" nonfat or low-fat dessert options.

 


Aqua
252 California Street, San Francisco CA 94110

$$$. An expense account destination, Aqua is the crown jewel of Charles Condy's empire, which includes Charles Nob Hill, Redwood Park, and Pisces. This upscale eatery will cater to peculiar dietary needs with color and creativity. A wonderful fish entrée or veggie plate upon special request can be topped off with any of a variety of "to die for" nonfat or low-fat dessert options.
  


Acme Chophouse
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco CA 94107

An all American steak and chop house right at the AT&T Park baseball stadium. It features organic veggies and grass-fed, planet-friendly beef without annoying hormones and antibiotics. In addition to happy cows, entrees include lamb, pork, duck and catch of the day, served with all-American side dishes like baked potatoes, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, and creamed spinach. Appetizers include clams, oysters and cracked crab. Among the bar specialties: regional wines, single malt scotches, cognacs and armagnacs.
  


Ame
689 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Celebrated Napa Valley chef Hiro Sone opened San Francisco's Ame restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel to great acclaim. Ame's seasonal menu reflects a refined blending of local ingredients with the flavors of southern France and northern Italy, filtered through Hiro's Japanese culinary sensibilities. The food is as beautiful as the setting.


  
Annabelle's Bar & Bistro
68 Fourth Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Annabelle's Bar and Bistro is a classic San Francisco restaurant nestled between Union Square, Sony Metreon and Yerba Buena Gardens. The warm dining room dates back to the early 1900s and features spacious high ceilings and ornate columns. Annabelle's has a full bar and a relaxed and lively atmosphere, complete with white linens and antique tile floors, and is open late for post-Metreon dining.
  


Azie
826 Folsom, San Francisco CA 94107

French Asian. Sister restaurant to the next-door LuLu's, Azie excels at chic, Asian fusion cuisine in a minimal, modern setting buffered by soaring beams and muted lighting. Curried calamari and other Asian touches to well-prepared dishes served family-style, in addition to attentive and knowlegable service, have secured Azie a place on the San Francisco destination restaurant list.
Bizou
598 Fourth St., San Francisco CA 94107


Aperto
1434 18th St. on Potrero Hill. Tel. 415.252.1625.

A smart and always crowded neighborhood bistro that showcases voluptuous pastas, slow-cooked seafood creations and rustically Italian-style salads. The food of the season inspires this kitchen , like arugula and asparagus salads, penned with porcini, shiitake and winter wild mushrooms, amazing squash soups, baked polenta slathered with gorgonzola, mascarpone, pecorino and assorted greens. All the food, every bit of it, is loaded with fresh flavor—and so is the eclectic wine list. Stellar service—make reservations. 


A. Sabella's
2766 Taylor St. 3rd Floor San Francisco CA 94133

For 82 years, A. Sabella's has been a classic Fisherman's Wharf restaurant. With an old-time feel and postcard perfect views of Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, A. Sabella's is still an iconic Fisherman's Wharf restaurant known for fresh seafood (the 1,000 gallon tank makes it so), a long, reasonably-price wine list and a vibe tourist-trap Fisherman's Wharf restaurants have long tried to emulate.
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Alioto's
#8 Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco CA 94133

A classic San Francisco restaurant, three generation of the Alioto family have been serving up Sicilian-style seafood at Alioto's since 1925. Dine on local calamari and fresh Dungeness crab as you watch the boats come in under the Golden Gate Bridge. The views of the San Francisco Bay and the marina from Alioto's three-tiered dining room with its wall of windows are not to be missed.
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Ana Mandara
891 Beach (at Polk), San Francisco CA

Vietnamese. One of San Francisco's best restaurants, the beautiful Ana Mandara arguably serves San Francisco's best Vietnamese food in a modern and exotic setting. Lush silks, orchids and dark woods permeate the scene while the menu takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine to a gourmet level. The award-winning wine list features standouts from all over the globe.
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Aziza
5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

Chef and owner Mourad Lahlou has elevated Moroccan food at Aziza from clichés of belly dancing and couscous to create one of San Francisco's most desirable dining destinations. Aziza's menu combines artisinal products and organic ingredients, intense flavors and stunning presentations combined with a Californian influence. Aziza's gracious service and romantic ambience presents fine dining in a warm, sexy and intimate setting.

 


 


Annie's Bistro
2819 California St., San Francisco CA 94115

California. With an unassuming name for an exceptional Pacific Heights restaurant, Annie's Bistro constantly surprises with its intimate, wine-cellar atmosphere (stocked with choice Californian wines) and sophisticated takes on Californian cuisine.



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Bistro Aix
3340 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123; Tel. +1.415.202.0100

At Bistro Aix, Chef-owner Jonathan Beard has created one of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhood restaurants. Classically French yet refreshingly unpretentious, Bistro Aix delivers elegant, simply prepared bistro fare that has been drawing savvy locals for more than a decade.

 
Boboquivari's
1450 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123

Steak. Boboquivari's is a stylish twist on the traditional steakhouse. With antiqued red walls, colored glass light fixtures and striped tablecloths, the restaurant is like a plush Venetian jewel box. Executive Chef Andrea Froncillo has created a delectable menu that showcases his signature Italian-Asian fusion.

 

Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
1000 Great Hwy., San Francisco CA 94121
Come for the home-brewed beer and the incredible view of the tempestuous Pacific Ocean just across the street. With Gatsby-era murals gracing the walls and an outdoor patio on the green edge of Golden Gate Park (complete with a roaring fire at nights) San Francisco's Beach Chalet is must for seaside atmosphere and staple brewpub fare.

 


 


Bacar
448 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 1.877.447.3196

SOMA's Top Destination: Open Kitchen, Multilevel Dining,
Active Bar with Wine Galore & Live Entertainment Nightly
Whether it's for business dining, a celebratory dinner, casual Friday lunch, late-night snack, or just a fun night out, Bacar offers a warehouse full of wine and culinary adventures. This vibrant South of Market (SoMa) restaurant features Northern California cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere.
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Boulevard
1 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94105

Housed in the historic 1889 Audiffried Building (a rare survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake), Boulevard is a waterfront San Francisco restaurant with views of the Bay Bridge, a grand, Belle Epoque feel and Zagat-praised contemporary American cuisine. Portions are generous and the presentation artful, while the pastries and desserts are made in house.
  


  
Bix
56 Gold St. San Francisco, CA 94113

Hidden on a quiet alley in the Financial District, Bix feels like you've stumbled across a speakeasy from San Francisco's bawdy old days. Live jazz coupled with inventive but straight ahead American fare makes Bix one of San Francisco's most distinctive restaurants.

 


  
Bob's Steak & Chop House: Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Steak. With high-backed chairs and rich wood paneling, Bob's Steak House in San Francisco's Omni Hotel feels like an iconic steak house, sans the Western vibe. With views of downtown San Francisco, Bob's Steak and Chop House delivers stiff martinis alongside award-winning steak and chops.
  

 

Bacar
448 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 1.877.447.3196

SOMA's Top Destination: Open Kitchen, Multilevel Dining,
Active Bar with Wine Galore & Live Entertainment Nightly
Whether it's for business dining, a celebratory dinner, casual Friday lunch, late-night snack, or just a fun night out, Bacar offers a warehouse full of wine and culinary adventures. This vibrant South of Market (SoMa) restaurant features Northern California cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere.
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French for "little kiss," Bizou is an unpretentious French fusion bistro housed in a historical San Francisco building (it's been everything from a saloon to a bookie house) in South of Market at Pac Bell Park baseball stadium. The menu features bistro favorites like oysters on the half shell, inventive salads and Frenchified meats, seafood and game for tasteful and nuanced entrees. The flatbreads, especially the Harvest Pizza (with Champagne grapes and bacon), are excellent and affordable choices.
  


Buca di Beppo - San Francisco
855 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94103

A kitschy place for Italian immigrant flavor and food in South of Market near the Moscone Convention Center and the SF Museum of Modern Art. Carafes of wine keep flowing (not the vintner's choicest, but certainly the cheapest) and the menu covers the family style favorites like garlic bread, ravioli, hearty pennes, cheesy lasagna and meaty sauces. The atmosphere is boisterous and fun, with red gingham tablecloths and a veritable explosion of Italian-American paraphernalia adorning the walls. Buca di Beppo also has a full bar and is an excellent San Francisco restaurant for large groups and birthday parties.
  


Bitterroot
3122 16th St., between Valencia and Guerrero. Tel. 415.626.5523

Down-home American comfort food such as pork sandwiches, big burgers, fried chicken, scones, French toast and, of course, biscuits and gravy.


Blowfish
2170 Bryant in the Mission. Tel. 415.285.3848

The sushi here is fresh and artful; try the briefly deep-fried Ritsu roll. Other nonsushi dishes are not necessarily of the same quality, but the hip atmosphere is a hit for groups.


Bombay Ice Creamery
552 Valencia in the Mission. Tel. 415.431.1103

$. The kulfi is a concoction which must be tried, but the made-on-premises ice creams are the delicate backbone of the B., in such flavors as fig and rose. 


Beijing on Irving
1030 Irving St. above 11th in the Inner Sunset. Tel. 415.753.9802

$$. A clean, open, neighborhood place with top Mandarin food and an extensive menu.

 


Brother-in-Law's Barbecue
705 Divisadero. Tel. 415.931.7427

$$. You can smell the smoke blocks away—the best BBQ in town.




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Chez Spencer
 


Roy's Restaurant
575 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine
SanFrancisco.com's Top Choice for Delicious Hawaiian-Seafood Cuisine
Roy's blends European cooking techniques and Asian twists into what is now known as Hawaiian Fusion cuisine. Located just southeast of Union Square, this is truly an oasis for all locals, travelers and large parties. Aloha!

 

Cityscape Bar & Restaurant is located 460 feet above the ground atop the beautiful Hilton San Francisco offering breathtaking, panoramic views of the City and featuring California Cuisine in an elegant, but relaxed atmosphere.
  

Californian. Located in the Theatre District's Warwick hotel, La Scene San Francisco restaurant has a flair for the dramatic with portraits of famous San Francisco performers adorning the walls. Part of an international network of hotels, La Scene cuisine caters to an eclectic palate grounded in California.
  

 


Le Colonial
20 Cosmo Place (at Post), San Francisco CA 94109

Indochine. Located in a quaint, stand apart building on a side street in San Francisco's theatre district, Le Colonial feels like a French chateau in a romanticized colonial Vietnam era (the outdoor seating feels like a lush Saigon sidewalk café). The bar features live jazz and palm fronds while the service is upscale and the cuisine fresh and inventive.
  

 


Carnelian Room
555 California St., San Francisco CA 94104

Continental. Getting high in San Francisco isn't that hard. Ride to the 52nd floor of the Bank of America building for old money California-American cuisine with outstanding San Francisco views.
  

 

Cote Sud
4238 18th St., San Francisco California, 94114; Tel. 1.866.455.2761

An all organic menu is enough to make Cote Sud stand out among San Francisco restaurants, but the creative presentations, including towers of succulent bites, artistic dollops of colorful sauces and jaunty herb sprigs embellishing dinners and desserts, elevate the ingredients.


Destino
1815 Market St., San Francisco CA 94103

An ultra-sylish and ornately colonial San Francisco restaurant serving authentic and inventive Nuevo Latinio cuisine at affordable, tapa-sized prives. The wine list includes Riojas and the food, ever since its recent opening, have kept San Francisco diners loyal with tapas, seafood dishes and creative Latino fusion desserts.

Chez Spencer
82 14th St. 94103. South of Market

A hidden treasure, South of Market—presenting elegant French cuisine with cozy indoor and outdoor seating!
Chez Spencer epitomizes San Francisco's French bistro phenomena. Its heated patio, flowering garden, wood burning oven, and tucked away location make it a real charmer. Chez Spencer is named after Chef Laurent Katgely's son and he does him proud with sophisticated and stylish French-inspired fare.
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COCO 500
500 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107

In the home of the former Bizou, COCO 500 Chef Loretta Keller has revamped the menu, the idea, and the decor. Now catering to ballgame fans and a younger, hipper clientele, COCO 500 still prepares old favorites like the tempura fried green beans with a daily changing dipping sauce, wood oven flat breads and pizzas and the braised beef cheeks. COCO 500 offers the same dedication to fresh, local, organic, ingredients, but with a bright new modern look, an updated menu, and a new bar serving signature cocktails.
  

California Asian. An exciting addition to the Nob Hill restaurant scene, Sparrow is a well-designed space with modern, Asian elements, like an electric blue Buddha head and private, Zen-like booths. The inventive cuisine lives up to its fusion claims with gourmet hybrids. Across from Grace Cathedral, Sparrow caters to well-heeled patrons.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Nob Hill Restaurants

Cafe Arguello
2832 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110; Tel. 1.866.407.1941

Finest Basque & Spanish Comfort Foods in the City
Step inside the family owned and operated Cafe Arguello in the Mission District for a terrific traditional Basque and Spanish dining experience.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Mission Restaurants 


Chow
215 Church St. San Francisco, CA 94114

Chow restaurant, which now has three locations in the Bay Area, has hit on a winning combination with high-quality comfort food, great prices, and a casual, friendly setting. The original on Church Street offers hard to resist dishes like meat loaf, Thai noodles, pizza, and steamed mussels. 

Caffe Delle Stelle
395 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Italian cuisine in Hayes Valley close to the San Fancisco opera, symphony, and ballet. Caffe Delle Stelle serves rustic Italian fare, both the expected classics and traditional dishes that often don't make it onto American menus like Pastitsio, a baked pasta dish with a hearty meat sauce and cheese. Casual dining and friendly service make Caffe Delle Stelle popular with locals and symphony goers alike.

 


Citizen Cake
399 Grove St., San Francisco CA 94102

For diners who peak at the dessert menu before appetizers, San Francisco's established Citizen Cake restaurant is where it is. In addition to dessert at the successful patisserie/restaurant/bar hybrid, lunch and dinner and decidedly eclectic, with Kobe beef offerings next to tamarind samosas. And for dessert, choose from cakes of all shades.

Clementine
126 Clement St. San Francisco, CA 94118

Located in a neighborhood better known for its Asian food, Clementine is one of San Francisco's exemplars of classic French food served in an elegant, yet immediately welcoming atmosphere. While the food is tradition based, it's far from staid. Try the pan roasted halibut with fava beans, sorrel and chorizo cumin sauce or roasted duck breast with mushroom râgout, baby turnips and foie gras sauce to see why Clementine is a darling of a restaurant.

 

Citizen Cake
399 Grove (at Gough), San Francisco CA 94102

Dazzling works of confectionary art are the centerpieces of this airy, loftlike Hayes Valley bakery-cum-restaurant, but the savory menu items are equally impressive. Try the simple, satisfying roasted chicken with succotash and polenta; seared bavette steak with wasabi-edged mashed potatoes and caramelized turnips; or a juicy, spicy marinated pork sandwich with house-made pickles and havarti. Top dessert choices include a rich huckleberry-ginger financier and an addictive peanut butter-caramel tart. Wheelchair accessible.

 

Carnelian Room
555 California St., San Francisco CA 94104

Continental. Getting high in San Francisco isn't that hard. Ride to the 52nd floor of the Bank of America building for old money California-American cuisine with outstanding San Francisco views.

 

Cozmo's Corner Grill
2001 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA

Half bustling bar filled with Marina singles sipping martinis and (of course) Cosmos, and half upscale grill, Cozmo's is a lively Marina neighborhood favorite. The menu features an upscale twist on grill staples, including Pork Tenderloin with Fig-Apple-Blue sauce and Truffle Ricotta Pizza. Try peak hours for people watching: just after sundown on weekends.

Chou Chou
Chou Chou was started by a renowned French pastry chef and features the homestyle cooking of Provence and classic Parisian pastries. Garnering fame for her "Les Petits Mitron" pastry shop on Rue Lepic in the 18th arrondisment in Paris, Chef Samie Didda has brought her pastries to San Francisco at Chou Chou and she serves them up alongside classic fresh food like seafood cassolettes.

 

Cliff House
Come for the view, but stay for the food. Opened in the landmark Cliff House, the Cliff House restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting with world-class views. Nibble on a popover while overlooking the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin coastline through the floor to ceiling windows, or order a salad and entree featuring fresh seafood or sustainably raised produce. The bar serves up bloody Mary's and other classic cocktails to enjoy while waiting for a table or enjoying one of San Francisco's best views.

 


 


Cortez Restaurant
550 Geary St @ Shannon St, San Francisco, CA 94102; Tel. 877.557.9491

Tapas, drinks and cool atmosphere, in the theatre district blocks from Union Square
This adventurous restaurant and bar will satisfy your taste buds beyond any expectation. Cortez offers creative Mediterranean flavors, small plates (or tapas) perfect for sharing.


 


Chez Spencer
82 14th St. 94103. South of Market; Tel. 1.877.455.7022

A hidden treasure, South of Market—presenting elegant French cuisine with cozy indoor and outdoor seating!
Chez Spencer epitomizes San Francisco's French bistro phenomena. Its heated patio, flowering garden, wood burning oven, and tucked away location make it a real charmer.


 
Cafe Maritime
2417 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA; Tel. 1.877.451.9717

Named "Best Bay Area Seafood"
Since it opened in 2004, neighborhood locals and SF visitors have bestowed a loyal and vocal thumbs up to what has become the Marina's most popular seafood and late night restaurant - Cafe Maritime. Continually topping local media's "Best of" lists, Cafe Maritime is a true San Francisco insider's spot that always satisfies with amazing seafood dishes executed with perfection.


Chapeau!
1408 Clement St. 94118. Richmond District
Chapeau! means "hats off" in French and you'll be doffing your hat once you try Philippe Gardelle's lovingly prepared French food. Chapeau!'s wine list is Francophile heaven. Set in a boxy but inviting dining room in San Francisco's Richmond District, Chapeau! makes regulars of all who enter this neighborhood gem.
  


 


Cortez Restaurant
550 Geary St @ Shannon St, San Francisco, CA 94102; Tel. 888.893.2734

Located in the theatre district, blocks from Union Square, this restaurant and bar offers the best combination of tapas, drinks and cool atmosphere.
Guests feel welcomed the moment they step foot into this top San Francisco establishment. Located in Hotel Adagio, this adventurous restaurant and bar will satisfy your taste buds beyond any expectation. With décor like no other restaurant in San Francisco, Cortez features cool rich earth tones, creative wall hangings and stimulating ceiling ornaments.
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Campton Place
340 Stockton St., San Francisco CA 94108

The Campton Place hotel's restaurant, Campton Place, is a quiet gourmet and has been revered by award-granting wine swillers and fine diners looking for a classic and romantic atmosphere, elegant tableside service and a varied fine dining menu. Conde Nast went so far to say in 2000 that the Campton Place Restaurant has the best hotel food in the United States.
  


Cityscape Bar & Restaurant
333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco CA 94102

  
Coi
373 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133

Known for his eclectic, post-modern cuisine, Daniel Patterson's highly celebrated Coi is a one-of-kind San Francisco restaurant. Drawing inspiration for New York's WD-50 and Chicago's Alinea, Coi creates a menu that challenges and pleasures the sense with boundary pushing but delicious culinary creations like a stew of morel mushrooms and nettles with oloroso sherry cream and toasted almonds and ocean trout with yuzu, scarlet turnips, Bloomsdale spinach, and preserved lemon.
  


Canteen
817 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109; Tel. +1.415.928.8870

Although it looks like little more than lunch counter, 20-seat Canteen has become a must stop for savvy food lovers. Chef Dennis Leary creates an engaging, personal menu that has included hearty yet refined dishes as spicy seafood soup with crab dumplings, pork tenderloin with lentils and black cod with spinach and artichoke chips. 


Caffe Ponte Vecchio
1136 Valencia. Tel. 415.206.9677

$. The Mission is sprouting little Italian restaurants at an increasing rate. Caffe Ponte Vecchio is the newest and the cheapest, and some dishes here, like the individual casserole-baked lasagna, are splendid.


Cha Cha Cha
2327 Mission, Tel. 415.648.0504

$$ Bold pan-Latin. The flavors are simple and bright, in interesting combinations. Full service bar at Mission location. 

 


 
Castagnola's
286 Jefferson Street, San Francisco California 94133; Tel. +1.866.397.1977

A top restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf, perfect for large parties!
Local fishermen deliver fresh fish and seafood daily to Castagnola's dock. This top restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf serves wonderful fresh seafood with a hardy fare of steaks, lamb, veal, chicken and pasta. Castagnola's Whole Main Lobster is a House Specialty.


 
Cafe Pescatore
2455 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 94133

Not just a Crosby Stills & Nash song, wooden ships hang from Cafe Pescatore's ceiling as part of its nautical, kid-friendly theme. A sidewalk cafe in Fisherman's Wharf great for Wharf-watching, Cafe Pescatore has an open kitchen that churns out wood-fired pizzas and the selection of seafood holds its own in a San Francisco neighborhood known for seafood restaurants. The Steamed Mussels, Grilled Herbed pressed Swordfish or Pan-Roasted Salmon are standouts.


Café Majestic Hotel Majestic
1500 Sutter St., San Francisco CA 94109

American. Located in Pacific Height's charming Hotel Majestic (once a gilded residence), the Café Majestic has a turn of the century vibe with pale green velvet booths, Victorian details and clean, white linens. The cuisine features straightforward classics with a seasonal twist.

 


Caffe Delle Stelle
395 Hayes St, San Francisco CA 94102

Italian cuisine in Hayes Valley close to the San Fancisco opera, symphony, and ballet. Caffe Delle Stelle serves rustic Italian fare, both the expected classics and traditional dishes that often don't make it onto American menus like pastitsio, a baked pasta dish with a hearty meat sauce and cheese. Casual dining and friendly service make Caffe Delle Stelle popular with locals and symphony goers alike.


 
Cafe Maritime
2417 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA; Tel. 1.877.451.9717

Named "Best Bay Area Seafood"
Since it opened in 2004, neighborhood locals and SF visitors have bestowed a loyal and vocal thumbs up to what has become the Marina's most popular seafood and late night restaurant - Cafe Maritime. Continually topping local media's "Best of" lists, Cafe Maritime is a true San Francisco insider's spot that always satisfies with amazing seafood dishes executed with perfection.


Cha Cha Cha
1805 Haight, Tel. 415.386.5758

$$ Bold pan-Latin. The flavors are simple and bright, in interesting combinations. Full service bar at Mission location. 

 


 
Cafe Maritime
2417 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA; Tel. 1.877.451.9717

Named "Best Bay Area Seafood"
Since it opened in 2004, neighborhood locals and SF visitors have bestowed a loyal and vocal thumbs up to what has become the Marina's most popular seafood and late night restaurant - Cafe Maritime. Continually topping local media's "Best of" lists, Cafe Maritime is a true San Francisco insider's spot that always satisfies with amazing seafood dishes executed with perfection.


Book a table at Cafe Maritime
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2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123


 


Cafe Kati
1963 Sutter St. Tel. 415.775.7313

$$. A little place, dimly lit, with home-style American food, featuring flavors borrowed creatively from Japan, Italy and elsewhere.


Isobune
1737 Post. Tel. 415.563.1030

It's a chain of tourist sushi restaurants, and the food sails by on boats. But the sushi, which is pretty much all you can get here (except for sake and T-shirts), is good quality and a good deal, and the boats are about as good as restaurant entertainment gets.



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Daffodil Restaurant
Fresh Food and Casual Elegance near Union Square
665 Bush Street, San Francisco CA 94108
 1.877.219.7031 

Daffodil Restaurant, just steps from the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square, is a world-class dining establishment featuring delicious small plates perfect for sharing with family and friends. Each menu item includes a thoughtful wine suggestion, taking the guesswork out of pairing each dish with the ideal wine. Succulent large dishes, fresh vegetarian entrees and premium cocktails round out the distinctive menu at Daffodil Restaurant.


Daffodil Restaurant
Fresh Food and Casual Elegance near Union Square
665 Bush Street, San Francisco CA 94108
 1.877.219.7031 

Delicious seasonal California cuisine in small and large plates, ideal for sharing, is featured at Daffodil Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Orchard Hotel. A large wine list compliments the tasty edibles on the menu, with recommendations for parings accompanying each entrée.
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Daily Grill
347 Geary St., San Fracisco CA 94102

The prices are pared down at this mellow version of Beverly Hills' The Grill, an icon of Los Angeles chic in the 1980s. The Daily Grill serves large portions of traditional grill recipes, like Meat Loaf with mashed potatoes, Joe's Special (a San Francisco original) and excellent Cobb Salads, all at skinny prices. San Francisco's Daily Grill is located a half a block from Union Square and San Francisco's best shopping.
  


Delfina
3621 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110; Tel. 415.552.4055

When it opened in 1988, Delfina was supposed to be a low-key neighborhood restaurant. But the quality of the food and cozy appeal of the dining room has made it one of San Francisco's most celebrated restaurants. The rustic Italian food at this always-crowded restaurant manages to be both simple and extravagantly good at the same time. Now the restaurant runs an equally popular pizzeria next door.



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E&O Trading Company
314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108; Tel. 1.866.459.9788

"One of San Francisco's top restaurants!"
E&O Trading Company is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco just a block off Union Square. This exciting restaurant is perfect for fun cocktails, a romantic dinner or a gathering with friends and family.
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Eliza's
1457 18th St. Tel. 415.648.9999; 2877 California. Tel. 415.621.4819

$$. A California kind of Hunan restaurant, and while the food certainly deserves the imperial designation, the atmosphere doesn't. 


Ebisu
1283 9th Ave. in the Sunset district. Tel. 415.566.1770

Try the daily sashimi specials, if you can get a seat at this unpretentious but all-the-rage place.The tempura is exquisitely light. If you can't get a seat, try the maki-to-go.



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Fleur de Lys
777 Sutter St., San Francisco CA 94109

After a destructive fire in 2000 that left the Fleur de Lys a charred shell, this downtown San Francisco restaurant went back to the drawing board and fully renovated their downtown San Francisco location. The new dining room (more beautiful than ever) is a red, rich and chandeliered space, a luxe setting for caviar, French cheeses and four course gourmet dinners including meat, game, seafood and a new emphasis on vegetarian options.
  


Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St. 94110. Mission District.
Part Cal-Med bistro, part movie house, Foreign Cinema is a sleek, industrial-chic hot spot that survived its dotcom buzz to become a city standout. Choose from an extensive list of oysters, gazpacho, house-cured sardines, and Spanish paprika-roasted chicken while you enjoy a flickering art flick on Foreign Cinema's big outdoor screen. Whatever's showing, the food is always the star.
  


Farallon
450 Post Street, 94102. Union Square

If it weren't for Farallon's stellar seafood-centered menu, it would be easy to dismiss the stunning 1000 Leagues Under the Sea décor of the restaurant as a gimmick. But with an ever-inventive, always fresh seafood menu, Farallon remains one of San Francisco's knock out restaurant. Superb service makes the high prices worth it.
  


Fifth Floor
12 Fourth St. (at Palomar Hotel), San Francisco CA

French Californian. On the fifth floor of the sleek SOMA's Hotel Palomar, the Fifth Floor is a seasonal ode to distinctive French Californian adaptations, and also boasts an award-winning wine list and an inspiring pastry team. The zebra carpet and hip décor bring a chic aspect to the elevated service.
Book a table online.

 


First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge
101 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco CA 94102

Wine was meant to be eaten! This French-cum-Californian restaurant offers an astounding selection of wine, rich oenophilic foods and educated waitstaff to help you get maximum enjoyment out of each.
  


Fleur de Lys
777 Sutter St., San Francisco CA 94109

After a destructive fire in 2000 that left the Fleur de Lys a charred shell, this downtown San Francisco restaurant went back to the drawing board and fully renovated their downtown San Francisco location. The new dining room (more beautiful than ever) is a red, rich and chandeliered space, a luxe setting for caviar, French cheeses and four course gourmet dinners including meat, game, seafood and a new emphasis on vegetarian options.
  


Garden Court
Sheraton Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco CA 94108

Once the awe-inspiring carriage entrance to the turn-of-the-century Palace Hotel, today, the domed stained glass ceiling and crystal chandeliers arch over what is now San Francisco's Garden Court restaurant. In addition to its magnificent Victorian-era aura, The Garden Court is most notable for its Sunday brunch and distinguished afternoon tea.
Book a table online.


Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission (at 21st St.), San Francisco CA 94110

Seafood. A spot of artsy urban chic in the Mission District, Foreign Cinema is an industrial space with exposed brick walls and high iron-beam ceilings, perfect for projecting the night's foreign film. With fresh oysters from the Oyster Bar and an international menu of approachable new favorites, Foreign Cinema is one of San Francisco's most beloved restaurants. The adjoining Laszlo Bar is a hip spot for a Brazilian caipirinha.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Mission Restaurants 


Firecracker
1007 Valencia St. at 21st in the Mission district. Tel. 415.642.3470

$. Contemporary northern Chinese cuisine in a beautiful and intimate setting laced with red-beaded lights and old photos. The menu features many spicy dishes and rarities that show a respect for tradition without following the pack. A neighborhood crowd of regulars keeps Firecracker popping. 

 

 
Franciscan Crab Restaurant
Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133; Tel. 866.476.0558
An extensive renovation has revitalized the Franciscan, a Fisherman's Wharf institution since 1957. Signature dishes include whole roasted Dungeness crab, seafood cioppino and fresh fish prepared in a variety of styles.

 

 
Franciscan Crab Restaurant
Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133; Tel. 866.476.0558
An extensive renovation has revitalized the Franciscan, a Fisherman's Wharf institution since 1957. Signature dishes include whole roasted Dungeness crab, seafood cioppino and fresh fish prepared in a variety of styles.
 
 
Castagnola's
286 Jefferson Street, San Francisco California 94133; Tel. +1.866.397.1977

A top restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf, perfect for large parties!
Local fishermen deliver fresh fish and seafood daily to Castagnola's dock. This top restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf serves wonderful fresh seafood with a hardy fare of steaks, lamb, veal, chicken and pasta. Castagnola's Whole Main Lobster is a House Specialty.
 

Fusion. A small, bustling corner restaurant in the Mission, Andalu offers a fusion version of small plates for tapas fans. In a nightlife hub of the Mission, Andalu presents bites for hip, slightly tipsy patrons looking start the night out right (or keep it going). Standouts include the brussel sprouts and white wine sangria.

Figaro Ristorante Italiano
414 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Italian. With a long history in North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy, Figaro Ristorante is a casual and kitschy San Francisco Italian restaurant specializing in gnocchi, Italy's famous potato dumplings. The heated outdoor patio is a romantic spot for Italian-style, street side dining.

  
Moose's
1652 Stockton San Francisco CA 94133

Overlooking Washington Square Park in North Beach through floor-to-ceiling French doors (watch old Tai Chi masters transfer energy in the park at lunch), Moose's has been a local North Beach watering hole for celebs, political people, journalists and out-of-towners since the 1970s. Live jazz every night of the week, Gin Fizzes at lunch and smart contemporary American menu (with a new frugal prix-fix menu daily) can't hurt Moose's San Francisco reputation.

Fournou's Ovens
905 California St., San Francisco CA 94110

An intimate, Mediteranean-style Nob Hill restaurant with two towering European-style roasting ovens in full view of posh diners. The restaurant's vast wine cellar, stocked with world-class wines, is one of the Wine Spectator's San Francisco favorites. Fournou's Ovens, housed in Nob Hill's commanding Stanford Court hotel, also offers a conspicuously consumptive Champagne Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Nob Hill Restaurants

 

Frascati
1901 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109

A Russian Hill neighborhood attraction, this is a cozy, high-end Mediterranean and Californian hybrid that just underwent a recent renovation and grabbed a new chef. But the service is still amazing and this Russian Hill restaurant is still full of locals.

 

Florio
1915 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

From the owners of Market Bar at Ferry Plaza and Bix, the eminent downtown supper club, Florio restaurant provides a good meal on happening Fillmore Street. Even though the location designates a Pacific Heights location, Florio would be at home in any neighborhood. Part French bistro, and part Italian trattoria, Florio keeps it simple serving up classic dishes like chicken liver pate, steak frites, roast chicken, spaghetti bolognese and house made gelato. This is just the type of place Fillmore Street—and the rest of San Francisco—needs.




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Greens Front Counter
Fort Mason, Building A. Tel. 415.771.6330

$. While the restaurant proper at this gorgeous bayview location inside historic Fort Mason has become justly famous for serving cutting-edge vegetarian fare prepared by kung fu-trained monks, most people walk right past the pastry and coffee counter up front to hustle to their seats, and that's too bad. With a great selection of baked goods, caffeinated beverages and the expected Odwalla juices, Greens' counter is the ideal place to fuel up before or Fort Mason events. And though sitting inside with your goodies isn't really an option, who needs to when surrounded by Fort Mason's spectacular vistas? Cradling a cup of coffee while watching a gigantic cargo ship slide past Alcatraz sounds like my idea of heaven. 

 

Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point St. San Francisco, CA 94109; Tel. 415.749.2060

Delicious, stunning and expensive, Restaurant Gary Danko ranks as one of San Francisco's premier dining destinations. The menu, three to five courses, promises whatever time of year you eat the food will be seasonal, expertly prepared and superbly presented with the professional service and wine list to match. Gary Danko offers a truly one-of-a-kind restaurant experience. 

 

Garibaldi's
347 Presidio, San Francisco CA 94109

California-Mediterranean. A casual, if pricey, Laurel Heights restaurant, Garibaldi's is a neighborhood favorite for consistently excellent and upscale fusion fare. The selective wine list favors European wines over Californian options.

 

Godzila Sushi
1800 Divisadero Tel. 415.931.1773

For fresh California-style sushi this is probably the most inexpensive place around.Try the spicy tuna roll. Arrive early; this place gets packed.

 

Jackson Fillmore
2506 Fillmore. Tel. 415.346.5288

This trattoria borrows ambiance from diner traditions, but the food can't be beat. Sit at the counter if it's crowded; try gnocchi if it's available



La Folie
Pacific Heights, 2316 Polk St. Tel. 415.776.5577

 

Gold Mountain
644 Broadway above Grant in Chinatown. Tel. 415.296.7733

$. Northeastern chinese dim sum breakfast and lunch is a plus here. 

 

Golden Pagoda
960 Grant Ave. above Washington in Chinatown. Tel. 415.397.1411

$$. Dishes of Chiu chow (aka Chao Chow), a small area not far from Canton. Try the oyster omelet or the pan-fried pomfret. 


Greens
Fort Mason, Buchanan St., at Marina Blvd.
Just the view of Alcatraz alone from this spectacularly located landmark helps whet the appetite of admirers from around the world. One of the rare sophisticated dining spots that offers a splendid meatless menu, Greens is always packed. Make reservations and bring an adventurous palate. Everything is delicious and sparkling fresh.
  

 


Grand Cafe
501 Geary St., San Francisco CA 94109

A large cafe and bar area fronts a spacious dining room featuring whimsical sculptures and an open kitchen. Service is professional and fast, permitting an excellent meal before a nearby performance. Try lobster and shrimp ravioli in a lobster-sorrel sauce or chicken braised in pinot noir with mushrooms, smoked bacon and onions.


Greens Front Counter
Fort Mason, Building A. Tel. 415.771.6330

$. While the restaurant proper at this gorgeous bayview location inside historic Fort Mason has become justly famous for serving cutting-edge vegetarian fare prepared by kung fu-trained monks, most people walk right past the pastry and coffee counter up front to hustle to their seats, and that's too bad. With a great selection of baked goods, caffeinated beverages and the expected Odwalla juices, Greens' counter is the ideal place to fuel up before or Fort Mason events. And though sitting inside with your goodies isn't really an option, who needs to when surrounded by Fort Mason's spectacular vistas? Cradling a cup of coffee while watching a gigantic cargo ship slide past Alcatraz sounds like my idea of heaven. 




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Harris'
2100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 94109

Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat. The dry-aged, well-marbled cuts of beef at Harris' define the dining which may not be what the doctor ordered, unless of course, it's Dr. Atkins.

 

Hyde Street Bistro
1521 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109

Fisherman's Wharf may have sullied its name by selling out to the mediocre masses, but the classically chic Hyde Street Seafood House is still the real deal. Snapper and shrimp louis, dungeness crab and lobster bisque are standard orders at this fresh, no-nonsense, fish depot.

 

Hyde Street Seafood House & Raw Bar
1509 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109

A specialty San Francisco restaurant, Hyde Street Seafood House & Raw Bar takes the French technique of baking in parchment paper, "En Papilotte," to a new level. More casual than its micro-cuisine might suggest, expect an expensive array of delectably baked textures and tastes.

 

Hayes St. Grill
320 Hayes St. Tel. 415.863.5545

That just might be Umberto Eco, or perhaps Joan Baez dining cozily in the corner of this highly regarded home of classic SF-style California dining. A hotspot for before or after theater and opera, Hayes Street can't be touched in the fresh seafood department, and creates straightforward dishes so flavorful you could cry. Prime celebrity watching comes with the turf. 


Nopa
560 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.863.1404

 

House of Nanking
919 Kearny St. above Jackson in Chinatown. Tel. 415.421.1429

$. Come early or come late, or join the crowd for a notoriously worthwhile wait on the sidewalk.

 

Home Union Street
2032 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123

American Comfort. As much of a gathering spot as Home's sister restaurant in the Castro, Home on Union boasts a street side outdoor seating area and the same combination of comfort food and cocktails that makes Home a San Francisco neighborhood favorite.

 

Ha's
Irving St. above 24th in the outer Sunset. Tel. 415.665.6033

$$. The food's not as fiery as some people like, but try the dumpling with Sichuan sauce, shredded beef in hot sauce, and spiced prawns in red garlic sauce. 


Hana Zen Yakitori and Sushi Bar
115 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco CA 94102

Reasonably priced and inventive Japanese cuisine and fusion-style sushi is the draw at this Union Sqaure restaurant. From fresh Manila clams steamed in sake to Teriyaki dinners to rice dishes to noodles, this Japanese restaurant has much more than excellent Sushi Nigiri rolls. The a la carte menu with bacon-wrapped salmon filets and yakitori marinated scallions is full of tasty bargains.
  


Home
2100 Market (at Church), San Francisco CA 94114

American Comfort. At the busy intersection of Market and Church, Home is a small refuge of comfort. The covered outdoor patio and bar is an intimate spot for happy hour cocktails in the Castro and signature dishes like Macaroni and Cheese and Iceberg wedge salads make Home a broken-in, neighborhood haunt.


Herbivore
983 Valencia St., between 20th and 21st Sts. Tel. 415.826.5657

Tasty vegan cuisine in a colorful, attractive environment. This Mission District dining room serves California staples like organic produce and fresh juices, along with Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like kebabs, bread with zahatar spice and curried vegetables over brown or white rice.

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Il Fornaio - San Francisco
1265 Battery St San Francisco CA 94111

Italian. In the Financial District's Levi's Plaza, Il Fornaio is a chain restaurant that breaks away from the chain gang with rustic, Northern Italian fare. The pastas and wood-fired pizzas and breads are standouts at this very business lunch friendly restaurant (Il Fornaio means "oven" in Italian, after all).
  


Incanto
1550 Church St. San Francisco, CA 94131; Tel. 415.641.4500

Italian, yes. Spaghetti and meatballs, no. Incanto chef Chris Cosentino has created one of San Francisco's premier Itlaian restaurants by focusing on often laborious, regional and lesser-known dishes like sardines with pickled peppers, capers and garlic and roasted lamb neck, potato and fennel. The deep Italian wine list boggles the mind. 
Luna Park
694 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110

 

Indigo
687 McAllister St., San Francisco CA 94102

Within the dark azure walls socialites and opera buffs dine pre-fixe with performance anticipation. New American favorites like asparagus soup and tamarind glazed chicken breast make Indigo a well-traveled stop on the San Francisco dining circuit.


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John's Grill
63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Italian American. Established in 1908, John's Grill is a landmark San Francisco restaurant, both for its hearty, by-gone era Italian-fusion grill comforts as much for its museum-esque vibe and memorabilia glorifying the Grill's feature in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.
  


Jack Falstaff
598 2nd St, San Francisco CA 94107

The newest addition to the Plumpjack group, Jack Falstaff brings slow food and fine wine together. The menu at Jackk Falstaff focuses on fresh organic ingredients from local producers in dishes like Vandenberg Farms beef carpaccio with pickled onions, Parmesan, DaVero extra virgin olive oil, crostini, and mustard sauce, or coriander crusted tombo tuna with braised romano beans, Early Girl tomato and saffron vinaigrette, white corn fritters, and spicy remoulade. Popular with the after work crowd and with the pre-game baseball fans, Jack Falstaff restaurant offers plenty of seats at the bar and on an outside heated patio.


Jay's Cheesesteak
Mission, 3285 21st St. Tel. 415.285.5200;

$. As the name implies, Jay's serves cheesesteaks, both traditional and vegetarian (seitan) varieties—lovingly prepared, filling and juicy. Sirron Norris's artwork adds bouyancy and color to an otherwise simple decor.


Joubert's
4115 Judah St. above 46th. Tel. 415.753.5448

$$. In case you've forgotten, the draw here is twofold. One is an excellent menu of South African fusion cuisine from the Cape Malay area. The other is the excellent wines from South Africa. 




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Kuletos
221 Powell St., San Francisco CA 94102

You're starving, you're shopping your buns off at Macy's, Nieman's and Ann Taylor. What to do? Hit the bustling trattoria filled to the rafters with gorgeous people, killer decor—lots of spun copper and blown-glass tchochkas—and serious pastas (delicious and affordable). Also to-die-for raviolis and tons of olive oily foccacia. There's a smart little espresso annex next door too, where you can load up on pastries.
  

 


Kyo-Ya
2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco CA 94105

Located in San Francisco's Sheraton Place Hotel Restaurant Kyo-Ya caters to Japanese businessmen when they are away from home. The restaurant is spare in decor but artful in presentation. A dish of scattered sushi is gorgeously presented in a stacked bento box. The freshest of fish glistens and shimmers in various shades of opal, coral, and ruby. Other optionsat Kyo-Ya abound from rice and noodles to Japanese-style steaks.
  


King Tin
826 Washington at Waverly in Chinatown. Tel. 415.982.7855.

$$. A Hong Kong-style barbecue house. The barbecued chicken and pork loin are good, as are the prawns in spicy salt. Vegetarian is available. 


Kowloon
909 Grant Ave. above Washington in Chinatown. Tel. 415.362.9888

$$. Specialties here are dim sum and dishes like soup with mushrooms, cloud-ears and bamboo pith; rice porridge with vegetarian ham, mushrooms, water chestnuts, carrots, snow peas and sea moss. 


Lotus Garden
532 Grant in Chinatown. Tel. 415.397.0707

$$. One hundred percent vegetarian, in the Buddhist tradition (read: excellent ersatz meats), and at least that delicious. The portions are quite large, as is the menu. 





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La Terrasse
215 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, Ca. 94129; Tel. 1.888.406.1224

"Elegance - Comfort - Integrity"
Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Historic Presidio La Terrasse is a lovely French Brasserie that serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from their patio. Offering picnic basket service and perfect for private parties of up to 40 people, this San Francisco Ca restaurant is an all-around must in the Presidio. Call for reservations and availability. 


Limon
524 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

Limon has been wowing diners with its inventive California-inspired Peruvian food since it opened several years ago. Now located in a bigger, more stylish location in Valencia Street, Limon still packs them in with its excellent ceviches, fried chicken, and braised scallops, calamari, shrimp, mussels, clams served with diced potatoes in a Peruvian adresso cream sauce.
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La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109

Roland Passot has created a mini-empire with his popular Left Bank restaurants but for 20 years and counting La Folie has defined his style of comfortable, elegant, delicious and decidedly French dining with dishes like quail and squab stuffed with mushrooms, crispy potato strings and a sauce of jus with truffles and venison chop with roasted fall fruits, root vegetables and sauce poivrade.

 

Le Petit Robert
French. Le Petit Robert is a French Bistro located between Russian Hill and the Marina and specializing in classic bistro foods with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. They offer many French and New World wines by the glass, carafe or bottle.

La Terrasse
215 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, Ca. 94129; Tel. 1.888.406.1224

"Elegance - Comfort - Integrity"
Presidio’s Newest French Bistro Located between the Presidio Fire Station and the Post Office, where Graham Street meets Lincoln Boulevard, La Terrasse is a comfortable bistro open for lunch, dinner and brunch. Near the Presidio Golf Course and the Palace of Fine Arts, this Presidio restaurant is great for romantic dinners and relaxing lunches. Their signature picnic basket service is a wonderful way to explore the Presidio and still enjoy delicious food. Call toll-free for reservations.

 

L'Olivier
465 Davis Ct, San Francisco CA 94111

You would never believe you were in San Francisco's financial district when you step through the door of L'Olivier, a romantic French restaurant. L'Olivier's traditional menu features plates like smoked trout with lentils ravigotte, herbed rack of lamb and Sonoma County rabbit with mustard sauce.

 

Luisa's
1851 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123

On trendy Union Street in San Francisco, Luisa's restaurant is a throwback to old school Italian home cooking. In a classic rough hewn dining room with straw wrapped bottles dangling from the ceiling Luisa serves up the same old family recipes she has been preparing in restaurants since 1959. Veal and seafood are specialties at Luisa's, and pastas are homemade. During good weather dine alfresco on the outdoor heated patio. The menu focuses on northern and central Italian cuisine.


Luna Park
694 Valencia 94110. Mission District.
Luna Park is a Mission District magnet for local hipsters and out-of-towners alike. Luna Park packs 'em in with its French-Italian-American inspired dishes such as moules frites (mussels and fries), lamb cous-cous and grilled flat iron steak with salsa verde. Don't miss the make-your-own s'mores.
  


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L'Olivier
465 Davis Ct, San Francisco CA 94111

You would never believe you were in San Francisco's financial district when you step through the door of L'Olivier, a romantic French restaurant. L'Olivier's traditional menu features plates like smoked trout with lentils ravigotte, herbed rack of lamb and Sonoma County rabbit with mustard sauce.
  


  
Le Charm
315 Fifth St., San Francisco CA 94107

$$. Relax and order a goat cheese and roasted pepper salad or go straight to a main course of halibut with tomato confit with a sorrel beurre blanc. Dinner for two with wine is about $50. An $18 three-course prix fixe dinner is available.
  


Lingba Lounge
1469 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Located at the top of Potrero Hill, this groovy restaurant and lounge feels like a tropical oasis in the city. Executive Chef Ann Thephakay blends the freshest local ingredients with traditional spices to create delicious, contemporary Thai cuisine. Lingba also features unique tropical cocktails and nightly DJs, to a backdrop of palm trees and hanging plants. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
  


LJ's Martini Club & Grille
101 Fourth St. (2nd Floor), San Francisco CA 94103

A dark atmospheric martini club with live jazz perched on the second floor of the Metreon, LJ's Martini Club & Grille offers a full martini menu with such tempting concoctions including the blood orange crush with Charbay blood orange vodka, triple sec, and fresh orange juice or the kaffir lime gimlet featuring Hangar One kaffir lime vodka. Complement the drinks at LJ's Martini Club & Grille with dishes from the restaurant menu which features organic ingredient and dishes ranging from hamburgers to a seared ahi Napoleon and Cajun-style jambalaya.
  


LuLu
816 Folsom (at Fifth St.), San Francisco CA 94107


French Provencal. The upscale darling of SOMA, LuLu opened to rave reviews and continues to be a San Francisco destination restaurant. With an open hearth turning LuLu's signature rotisserie chicken and a family-style menu, LuLu boasts an airy, approachable feel, excellent French Provencal comfort food and attentive service.
  


Lingba Lounge
1469 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Located at the top of Potrero Hill, this groovy restaurant and lounge feels like a tropical oasis in the city. Executive Chef Ann Thephakay blends the freshest local ingredients with traditional spices to create delicious, contemporary Thai cuisine. Lingba also features unique tropical cocktails and nightly DJs, to a backdrop of palm trees and hanging plants. (Description provided by Opentable.com) - Mission Restaurants 


La Rondalla
901 Valencia St. Tel. 415.647.7474

A bona fide Mission District classic with live music later in the evening, the bustling La Rondalla serves the first-rate, authentic Mexican fare you'd expect in a neighborhood like this. Recommended dishes include burritos, huevos rancheros, pozole, and beef tongue in tomato sauce.

 
La Traviata
2854 Mission St. at 24th St. Tel. 415.282.0500

This ode-to-everything-opera is a small family-owned restaurant where the waiters speak Italian, the bread is baked in the kitchen, the pasta's al dente, and the sauces and entrees are as rich as the opera music playing overhead. 

$$$. La Folie is a cheerful bistro with top-notch, inventive, luxurious food courtesy of the highly skilled Roland Passot.
La Mediterranee
2210 Fillmore, Tel. 415.921.2956

Lighter and more-lemony hummus than most local offerings, in a cozy setting, and inexpensive, too. A wider variety of dishes, most of them good, than your average Middle Eastern restaurant. 


Lucky Creation Vegetarian Restaurant
854 Washington St., above Waverly in Chinatown. Tel. 415.989.0818

$. Lucky indeed are the fans of gluten. Dim sum is available, and try the fat choi noodles with black mushrooms and bean curd rolls; spicy shrimp balls in hot sauce; and braised eggplant with carrots in clay pot. 


Pearl City
641 Jackson above Kearny in Chinatown. Tel. 415.398.8383

$$. A good selection of dim sum (try any of the dumplings or rolls), followed by an excellent dinner menu with prawns and scallops in garlic with sizzling platter and baked crab with spicy salt and pepper. 


R&G
631B Kearny at Commercial in Chinatown. Tel. 415.982-7877

$$. Expect a choice of dishes with eyes, fins, spines, tentacles and feelers. My particular favorites here are dishes like stir-fried sea whelk/geoduck clam with chives, braised two squabs in clay pot and braised live crab with spicy salt.


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McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant
900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109

Located in Ghirardelli Square (near Fisherman's Wharf), McCormick and Kuleto's is a chain restaurant that's a popular tourist destination in San Francisco. With over thirty seafood specialties and a stadium-seating setup affording panoramic views of the Bay and Alcatraz Island for all diners simultaneously, it's easy to see why.
  


Masa's
648 Bush St., San Francisco CA 94108

Masa's, located in the Vintage Court hotel, Union Square's boutique ode to Napa Valley wines, offers a colorful France meets the World fusion cuisine with standouts like steamed lobster under leaves of sweet and sour vinaigrette-braised turnip and rack of lamb with a pinot noir sauce. The prix fixe menu is $75 and includes a range of appetizers, entrees and desserts all served in an elegant setting (where jackets are required for men).
  

 


Michael Mina
335 Powell St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Michael Mina's culinary holdings have grown to eight restaurants but his eponymous San Francisco restaurant is the flagship. Mina's inventive, multi-course menus highlight different ingredients prepared several ways. Located in the Westin St. Francis hotel on Union Square, the dining room is as elegant and refined and the food.
  

 


Millennium
580 Geary Street, San Francisco CA

Vegetarian and vegan cuisine isn't just for protesters anymore. San Francisco's Millennium, located in the Savoy Hotel, features a completely animal-free menu and serves artfully presented and deliciously gourmet vegetarian cuisine that spans the culinary gamut from Black Bean Feijoada to Carrot Lasagnette in an classy dining room open to dressing up or down. Wild mushrooms and chickpeas are common, saffrons and chutneys spice up veggie concoctions and the dessert menu includes dairy-free delights such as Vanilla Cinnamon Sorbet and Bananas Flambe. Millennium also takes eco-friendliness to a new level with a selection of organic wines.
  


Maxfield's Bar & Grill
2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco CA 94105

With a gorgeous mosaic tile floor and rich wood paneling, Maxfield's Bar & Gill provides a rich clubby atmosphere in San Francisco's financial district. Maxfield's is also home to the Pied Piper Bar where famed artist Maxfield Parrish's mural "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" dominates the decor. The bar was voted one of the "World's Seven Greatest Bars." Maxfield's Bar & Grill t serves up elegant martinis and Californian cuisine with dishes like olive oil poached wild salmon with black pepper potatoes, roasted saba tomato, zucchini, and Brentwood corn sauce or Sonoma rack of lamb with pistachio crust, minted lamb jus, ratatouille timbale, tomato confit, and carrot mousse.
  


Myth
470 Pacific Street, San Francisco CA 94133

Opened with great acclaim by one of Gary Danko's proteges, Myth has leapt to the forefront of San Francisco restaurants. An eclectic menu that covers everything from fresh pizzas, to pasta with a luxurious foie gras cream sauce, to braised beef cheeks with sauteed spaetzle, Myth offers something for everyone with a user-friendly menu adapted for small and large plates, and dishes to share with the entire table. An extensive wine list guarantees an ideal wine to pair with your food.
  


Mecca
2029 Market St., San Francisco CA 94114

A see-and-be-seen San Francisco restaurant famous for its industrial-chic vibe and patchwork cuisine. While the stark, steel furnishings and low lighting are great for a few cocktails, plush side tables are perfect for supping Mecca's high-concept California cuisine.


Mission Andalu
3198 16th St. (at Guerrero), San Francisco CA 94103


Maya
303 Second St. (at Harrison), San Francisco CA 94107

Maya restaurant elevates Mexican food to new heights with its sleek, modern take on classic dishes like tamales and enchiladas as well as more inventive fare like braised pork shoulder with red onion-orange habanero escabeche and grilled hanger steak with a chile de arbol vinaigrette.
 

 
MoMo's
760 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107

Right across the street from San Francisco's SBC park, MoMo's is a destination for pre- or post-game dining. Try standout dishes like the Dungeness crab cakes with sweet corn salsa and chipotle aioli or the country barbeque baby back ribs with french fries and cole slaw. The extensive menu goes beyond our continental borders offering pizza, risotto, and other dishes alongside the American classics. Outdoor dining in San Francisco MoMo's is hard to beat with its large outdoor decks in one of San Francisco's sunniest nooks.
  


Medjool
2522 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110

You would never guess that this hip and seductive restaurant was once in the no man's land of San Francisco's Mission District. Medjool is just one of the restaurants helping to revitalize the area. A swank and sexy bar gives way to a crowded dining room handing out Italian, French, Spanish, Moroccan, Tunisian and Middle Eastern small plates to share with your companions. Options range from a Middle Eastern mezze plate featuring hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabbouleh; to the Tunisian tombo tuna with egg briouats. A separate cafe menu serves food all day long. You can come to the Medjool restaurant for an espresso and an omelette in the morning or a panini at lunch. You can even take a dip in the pool or stay the night if you stay at the hostel upstairs.
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Myth
470 Pacific Street, San Francisco CA 94133

Opened with great acclaim by one of Gary Danko's proteges, Myth has leapt to the forefront of San Francisco restaurants. An eclectic menu that covers everything from fresh pizzas, to pasta with a luxurious foie gras cream sauce, to braised beef cheeks with sauteed spaetzle, Myth offers something for everyone with a user-friendly menu adapted for small and large plates, and dishes to share with the entire table. An extensive wine list guarantees an ideal wine to pair with your food.

 

Mas Sake Freestyle Sushi
2030 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123

Sushi. A happening Marina hot spot known as much for the hip, ambient music and good-looking staff as for the inventive sushi, Mas Sake also host a full service bar in addition to an excellent selection of sake and sake cocktails.


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O'Reilly's Holy Grail
1233 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Despite the name, O'Reilly's Holy Grail is no Irish pub. This is a dining destination known for its raw seafood and hous- smoked meats. Try the signature peat-smoked pork shank with cranberry beans, garlic confit and fig-mustard sauce. Live music nightly on the ebony grand piano, stained glass windows, forged copper cathedral ceilings and you just might be enjoying a feast with the knights at your own round table at O'Reilly's Holy Grail.



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Pesce
2227 Polk St. San Francisco, CA
With a name like Pesce, you'd be correct in guessing this Polk Street restaurant specializes in seafood. But you might not know it features the small plate cuisine of Venice known as cicchetti. For bigger appetites, Pesce also features a few large plates as daily specials.

 

Paul K.
199 Gough (at Oak), San Francisco CA 94117

Mediterranean. With a bistro ambiance, Paul K serves Mediterranean cuisine with a sleek and exotic twist. Dishes like Syrian spiced duck breast and Eggplant Napoleon take the cuisine beyond that at traditional Mediterranean restaurants into the realm of modern Mediterranean. Paul K also boasts a full bar and wine list with choice selections from California and France.


Poleng Lounge


1751 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.441.1751

Poleng Lounge is a tea house, food Mecca, and dance club all in one. Chef Tim Luym, formerly of Fifth Floor, is serious about the food on his menu, delivering a selection of exquisitely fresh Southeast Asian street food. Standouts include perkedel jagung corn fritters with sweet chile sauce—little pancakes with whole kernels of sweet corn served with Thai dipping sauce
Powell's Place
Hayes Valley, 511 Hayes. Tel. 415.863.1404

$$. Any soul your friends may be lacking will be restored with an infusion of Powell's soul food—the fried chicken and the greens are highly satisfying. Don't overlook dessert, though. 

 

Palio d'Asti
640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco CA 94111
Palio d'Asti serves the hearty, earthy cuisines of Tuscany and the Italian Northwest regions of Liguria and Piedmont. Recommended dishes include mezzelune alla monferrina, house-made almond and fontina filled half moon ravioli with spinach and white truffle oil; Tuscan seafood stew; and kitchen's fresh made desserts.

 

Park Grill
333 Battery St., San Francisco CA 94111

Housed in the downtown San Francisco's Park Hyatt hotel, the Park Grill is known for friendly service, a conversation-ready dining room with vivacious frescoes and gourmet Neo-American cuisine (perfect for a power lunch).

 

Perbacco
230 California St. San Francisco, CA 94111

"Perbacco" is an Italian word to accentuate positive comments. It can also be an expression of pleasure and surprise. Perbacco then is a fitting name for this San Francisco restaurant that showcases an artful blend of classic Italian cuisine with a modern sensibility. Perbacco's seasonal Northern Italian menu focuses on the refined cuisine found in the Piedmonte region, with a touch of Liguria and Provence.

 

Piperade
1015 Battery St., San Francisco CA 94111

Chef-owner Gerald Hirigoyen has made a splash with Piperade, a Financial District restaurant that celebrates his Basque homeland. The lively dining room, which features a large communal table at the center, is the setting for a menu of hearty, bold food like the daily specials of roasted pork tenderloin confit, braised veal sweetbreads and a lively seafood soup.

 

 

Plumpjack Café
3127 Fillmore St. Tel. 415.563.4755

Plumpjack Café has gone from a good neighborhood restaurant to a destination thanks to the inventive and unfailingly delicious menu created by James Syhabout. Add a great wine list and skilled staff, and it's easy to why Plumpjack Café's star shines so bright.

PJ's Oyster Bed
Creole. Voted by the SF Chronicle as one of the top 50 restaurants in Northern California, PJ's Oyster Bed serves inventive Creole seafood in San Francisco Sunset District.


Park Chow
1240 Ninth Ave. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.665.9912

Chow restaurant, which now has three locations in the Bay Area, has hit on a winning combination with high-quality comfort food, great prices, and a casual, friendly setting. The inner Sunset location continues to please the crowds with down home and darn good dishes like meat loaf, Thai noodles, pizza, and steamed mussels.


Palio d'Asti
640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco CA 94111
Palio d'Asti serves the hearty, earthy cuisines of Tuscany and the Italian Northwest regions of Liguria and Piedmont. Recommended dishes include mezzelune alla monferrina, house-made almond and fontina filled half moon ravioli with spinach and white truffle oil; Tuscan seafood stew; and kitchen's fresh made desserts.
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Postrio - San Francisco
545 Post St., San Francisco CA 94102


Ponzu
401 Taylor St San Francisco CA 94102

A playful San Francisco restaurant for contemporary Asian cuisine, Ponzu, located in San Francisco's Theater District downtown near Union Sqaure, attracts both a bar crowd and a dining crowd looking for creative cocktails and bold and bright entrees and appetizers that take tastes from Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese ingredients and cooking styles. The three illuminated 125-gallon salt water tanks back the bar and lend to the slick and fun ambiance.
 

 


Pacific
500 Post St., San Francisco CA 94109

Located in downtown San Francisco's luxury Pan Pacific Hotel near Union Square on the fashionable Post Street, the hotel's Pacific Restaurant is a perfect pre-theatre fine dining locale. With a Pacific Rim menu, the Pacific Restaurant and Bar's ambiance is also pacific with live piano music, a crackling fire and indoor fountains.
  

 


Ponzu
401 Taylor St San Francisco CA 94102

A playful San Francisco restaurant for contemporary Asian cuisine, Ponzu, located in San Francisco's Theater District downtown near Union Sqaure, attracts both a bar crowd and a dining crowd looking for creative cocktails and bold and bright entrees and appetizers that take tastes from Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese ingredients and cooking styles. The three illuminated 125-gallon salt water tanks back the bar and lend to the slick and fun ambiance.
  

 


Postrio - San Francisco
545 Post St., San Francisco CA 94102

Wolfgang Puck's original NorCal outpost continues to garner rave reviews and industry accolades thanks to the culinary prowess of Steve and Mitchell Rosenthal. Luckily they spend as much time churning out innovative Californian cuisine as Puck does branding pizzas.
  


Palio d'Asti
640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco CA 94111
Palio d'Asti serves the hearty, earthy cuisines of Tuscany and the Italian Northwest regions of Liguria and Piedmont. Recommended dishes include mezzelune alla monferrina, house-made almond and fontina filled half moon ravioli with spinach and white truffle oil; Tuscan seafood stew; and kitchen's fresh made desserts.
  


Park Grill
333 Battery St., San Francisco CA 94111

Housed in the downtown San Francisco's Park Hyatt hotel, the Park Grill is known for friendly service, a conversation-ready dining room with vivacious frescoes and gourmet Neo-American cuisine (perfect for a power lunch).
  


Perbacco
230 California St. San Francisco, CA 94111

"Perbacco" is an Italian word to accentuate positive comments. It can also be an expression of pleasure and surprise. Perbacco then is a fitting name for this San Francisco restaurant that showcases an artful blend of classic Italian cuisine with a modern sensibility. Perbacco's seasonal Northern Italian menu focuses on the refined cuisine found in the Piedmonte region, with a touch of Liguria and Provence.
  


Piperade
1015 Battery St., San Francisco CA 94111

Chef-owner Gerald Hirigoyen has made a splash with Piperade, a Financial District restaurant that celebrates his Basque homeland. The lively dining room, which features a large communal table at the center, is the setting for a menu of hearty, bold food like the daily specials of roasted pork tenderloin confit, braised veal sweetbreads and a lively seafood soup.
  

 
Rubicon
558 Sacramento St. San Francisco, CA 94111


Pescheria
1708 Church St. San Francisco; Tel. 415.647.3200

Quality, regional Italian food is not limited to North Beach. Located in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, Pescheria is turning out some of the city's most dependably delicious seafood in a setting that is unpretentious yet elegant with dishes like baked stuffed clams, halibut baked in parchment and lemon-marinated tuna with cranberry beans. The outdoor patio adds to the appeal of this restaurant. 




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Quince
1701 Octavia St. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.775.8500

Nestled in a residential section of Pacific Heights, Quince is the labor of love of chef Michael Tusk, a talented chef schooled by Alice Waters and Oakland Italian master Paul Bertoli. Quince's bold but refined menu specializes in the regional, lesser-known dishes of Italy.



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Rubicon's dazzling, French-inspired menu garnered one Michelin star and the restaurant continues draw raves for its eclectic food and chic décor. In addition to world-class food, Rubicon's wine list has won numerous accolades including the prestigious "Grand Award" from Wine Spectator every year since 1998. There are over 1,600 different selections on the wine list and over 17,000 bottles in the cellar. A chef's tasting menu with wine pairings is available as well as an a la carte menu.
  


Roy's
101 2nd St., Ste. 100 San Francisco CA 94101

Roy's Hawaiian-Asian-fusion cuisine is, in a word, sumptuous. From scallops to mahi mahi to a divine chocolate fudge explosion for dessert, Roy's offers surprising combinations from its open kitchen while the wine list is impeccably tailored to complement the cuisine (or try the Earth-Wind-Fire-Air Sake sampler). Close to Market St. in SOMA and popular at lunch with a Financial District crowd, Roy's has a dark wood dining room with touches of Hawaii and a staff that really exudes a warm, Island hospitality.
  


Range
842 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110

Range restaurant seems to have it all—cool, stylish interior, great prices and a superb, ever-changing menu. The menu features seasonal contemporary cuisine with appetizers such as marinated fennel with roasted peaches and chevre and raw albacore, watermelon, avocado and Hawaiian salt. Entrées include halibut with braised artichokes, almonds, and cooked egg tartar sauce. A selection of eclectic wines and specialty cocktails flow from the striking bar.
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Roots
466 Bush Street (at Grant Avenue, in the Orchard Garden Hotel), San Francisco, CA 94108; Tel. 415.659.0349

Green Friendly Mindset with a Mediterranean Flair
The perfect complement to California's first "green" hotel, Roots is located at the lobby level of San Francisco's Orchard Garden Hotel. The authentically modern bar and restaurant are perfect for most any dine out occasion—a pre-theatre dinner, a business negotiation and, of course, that romantic evening.


 


Ruth's Chris Steak House
1601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Prime Steak House with Sizzle
This world famous steak house has a great reputation for serving aged, corn-fed USDA Prime steaks that really sizzle. Their selection of appetizers, entrees and homemade desserts make Ruth's Chris in San Francisco a restaurant for all to enjoy. Online reservations are suggested.
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Roe Restaurant
651 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94105

Tucked away on the quaint Hawthorne Lane, newcomer Roe Restaurant is a punchy addition to the SoMa restaurant scene. A live jazz band plays every night and lends a romantic mood to the passion fruit cocktails and extensive champagne list. Inventive Burmese-Japanese fusion cuisine pairs seafood curries with sushi.
  


Rose Pistola
532 Columbus Ave., San Francisco CA 94133-2802

Ligurian cuisine, with touches of the North Beach locale that's given it continued success. Rich cioppino (a classic San Fran-talian seafood stew), earthy fava beans and fennel accents make this informal classic a creative and rewarding respite from the Columbus Avenue shuffle.
  

 


Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point St. San Francisco, CA 94109; Tel. 415.749.2060

Delicious, stunning and expensive, Restaurant Gary Danko ranks as one of San Francisco's premier dining destinations. The menu, three to five courses, promises whatever time of year you eat the food will be seasonal, expertly prepared and superbly presented with the professional service and wine list to match. Gary Danko offers a truly one-of-a-kind restaurant experience. 


 
Rory's Twisted Scoop
2015 Fillmore in Pacific Heights, Tel. 415.346.3692

$$. The ice cream is made at the Fillmore store, in both typical and unusual flavors, and has an almost sticky consistency. The blueberry cabernet is a favorite.


Rasselas
2801 California. Tel. 415.567.5010

Ethiopian, with jazz nightly. The food couldn't be better, although the combination of loud jazz and canvas-draped ceilings can be a little disorienting on a full stomach.




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Spiazzino
995 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Italian. Modern Italian cuisine meets San Francisco at this inventive San Francisco restaurant featuring roasted meats and vegetables, hearty sauces and house-made pasta, to say nothing of reasonable prices.


Tallula
4230 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Indian. Cod and Coconut ceviches, curried lamb chops and House-Cured duck with carmelized pineapple served in bright French provincial plates characterize this fresh fusion San Francisco restaurant.


Shanghai 1930
133 Steuart St., San Francisco CA 94105

Shanghai was once the "Paris of the East," and this glamorous and sultry SOMA supper club is an ode to the jazzy glitz of bygone times. The doorman is in period gear, the cocktails are more nostalgic here than elsewhere and the Chinese cuisine gets a chic twist.
  


Sushi Groove South
1516 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107

Sushi. Almost unnoticeable from the outside, Sushi Groove is a hip, industrial hideaway across from Slim's in SOMA's Folsom club corridor. With a live DJ nightly and signature sake cocktails, locals flock to Sushi Groove South for excellent, inventive sushi and a bustling, in-the-know atmosphere.


Sunflower Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant
506 Valencia at 16th St. Tel. 415.626.5022

Sunflower Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant offers a heavier interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine that is rich and grabbing despite its occasionally greasy undertones. The mint and spinach imperial rolls, a staple of Vietnamese cuisine, are light and enjoyable here, with split prawns to provide depth to the cellophane- bound appetizer. Try it before or after a night at the Roxy.


Thanya & Salee
1469 18th Street. Tel. 415.647.6469

Sunny and airy, decorated with orchids and tropical fish tanks, Thanya & Salee serves well-seasoned, flavorful dishes. The curry queen and Phad Thai dishes are highly recommended. Partners in spice with the next-door Lingba Lounge.

 

Sushi Groove
1916 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Groove to the music of acid jazz and drum n' bass while enjoying your raw fish fix at Sushi Groove, an intimate sushi bar on Russian Hill in San Francisco. Drawing on traditional Japanese artistry and technique and blending it with a contemporary Californian touch, Sushi Groove attracts a loyal, hip crowd.

 

Sociale
3665 Sacramento (at Spruce), San Francisco CA

Italian. An exceptionally fresh Italian restaurant known for house made pastas, pastries and gelato, Sociale chef Tia Harrison also sources organic and sustainable ingredients for an inventive and satisfying takes on Italian cuisine. Sociale staff also hand tastes a select and rotating selection of Italian wines.

 

Stelline
429 Gough in Hayes Valley. Tel. 415.626.4292.

If you're thinking of going to Caffe Delle Stelle, go here instead. The lemon-caper chicken is highly recommended. 

 

Scott Howard
500 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94133

French Californian. San Francisco's SF Chronicle puts the Scott Howard on its "must-visit list," most definitely for Scott Howard's top-tier seasonal cuisine that balances heavier dishes, like Venison and Pork Bellies, with a fresh touch. The adjoining Mahogany Bar is a swank but understated spot for a pre-dinner libation.

 

Silks
222 Sansome St., San Francisco CA 94104

A San Francisco restaurant (in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) with an elegant and formal dining room that attracts high-end corporate lunch goers to its business-central address on Sansome and California. While the Asia meets California cooking works well for both dinner and lunch, the under-appreciated for dinner hour makes for quiet evenings and romantic dinners for two.

 
Scala's Bistro
432 Powell St., San Francisco CA 94102

Just a half a block from Union Square, Scala's Bistro is bustling with Old World ambiance, from original murals and a warm atmosphere done in deep, rich tones to a pan-Mediterranean menu. The open kitchen pours out aromas from Italy, Spain and France while the service is just as warm as the decor. After dinner, Harry Denton's Starlight Room is the place for a cocktail on the twenty-first floor of the Sir France Drake hotel overlooking downtown San Francisco's city lights.
  


Scott Howard
500 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Tucked between the Financial District and North Beach, this restaurant is an inviting oasis that offers an exciting a la carte menu and encourages guests to linger over an extensive wine list or order from the impressive raw bar. Award-winning Chef Scott Howard takes local, seasonal ingredients and gives old favorites new twists. Warm and intimate decor and the restaurant's proximity to the financial district make it an excellent choice for dining after work or en route to a show. A Gourmet Magazine 2005 "Future Star."
  


Sparrow
1177 California St., San Francisco, California 94108


Slow Club
2501 Mariposa St. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.241.9390

The Slow Club has always been something of a local secret. Located in Multimedia Gulch, the Slow Club oozes urban cool. More than a decade after it opened, the place is still hip and sexy. The casual, yet refined décor and moody lighting are the perfect setting for the restaurant's top-notch American and Mediterranean comfort food. The dinner menu easily fits on one page, with eight appetizers and six main courses, including the popular burger. The bar is a scene all its own. 


Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St. San Francisco, CA 94109; Tel. 415.673.1101

If you had just one lunch to eat in San Francisco you could do worse than Swan Oyster Depot. Much worse. The intimate seafood restaurant and retail shop attracts a loyal following for its bracingly fresh seafood (especially the oysters and crab) as well as its friendly staff. The restaurant dates back to 1912 and is now run by the wisecracking sons and grandsons of the original owner. This is old school San Francisco and it's never tasted so good. 


Sam Wo
813 Washington St. above Grant (through the kitchen and upstairs) in Chinatown. Tel. 415.982.0596

$. Everyone has to go to Sam Wo once in this life to share the San Francisco experience, to eat late or to save a bundle. No alcohol (but get beer across street).



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Tsunami Sushi and Sake Bar
1306 Fulton Street @ Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94117; Tel. 415.567.7664
Tsunami is like a wave of the hip urbane. Dim lights, house music, a good looking waitstaff and red vintage chairs flavor the cozy sushi and sake bar-flanked dining room.


The Last Supper Club
1199 Valencia St. 94110. Mission District.
The Last Supper Club should be the place for one of your first San Francisco meals. Do like the natives do and squeeze into this always crowded, night-on-the-town restaurant. The Italian-American food is lusty and zesty and served at great prices. Try The Last Supper Club's roasted octopus with chickpeas or the white truffle cheese fondue. Watching the beautiful people at the bar is an added bonus.

 

TownHall
342 Howard St. 94105. South of Market.
Town Hall was designed to evoke a communal gathering place and soon after the new American restaurant opened it became the talk of the town with seasonally inspired menu and glitzy but casual decor. Set in the historic Meco building, Town Hall is a showcase of regional American ingredients.
  

 

 


The Rotunda Restaurant
150 Stockton St., San Francisco CA 94108

Popovers with strawberry butter and chicken consumme start of every meal at this grandladies-who-lunch stop at the top of Neiman Marcus. Lobster salads and unhurried butternut risottos are enjoyed in a gilded setting for half the price of a DKNY top.
  


Tiramisu
28 Belden Place San Francisco CA 94104

Tucked away in a secluded alley in downtown San Francisco, Tiramisu is a small, Northern Italian style bistro known for its namesake, heavenly layers of expresso-drenched lady fingers. The pasta is homemade and the menu changes daily to offer the freshest seafood available.
  


Tommy Toy's
655 Montgomery St., San Francisco CA

In a setting far removed from the surrounding financial district, Tommy Toy's brings Imperial Chinese cuisine in an imperial setting. The dining room is decorated with 300-year-old tapestries, glass panels, carved wooden archways, silk draperies, and Chinese fans. An appropriate setting for the elegant Chinese cuisine fused with French style, technique, and presentation. Signature dishes include fresh Maine lobster sauteed with fresh mushrooms, young chives, and a light peppercorn sauce served on a bed of Chinese angel-hair crystal noodles and Mongolian barbequed lamb with hoisin sauce and fresh mint on a bed of marinated spinach.


Tin Pan
2251 Market St., San Francisco CA 94114

An upper market noodle and bun house specializing in Asian fusion with hot splashes of fire and flavor. Keihl-smooth waitstaff are controversially lacking in Castro attitude, a welcome change in an over-hyped and under-served neighborhood.


 Tokyo Go Go
3174 16th St., San Francisco CA 94103

Sixties pop meets Sino-America cuisine at this showy sushi den in the Mission. The top-quality sake flows a bit freely, so keep your wits about you, if only to remember that excellent miso'd sea bass.


The Public
1489 Folsom, San Francisco, CA 94103

American. In the same historic brick building as Slim's, the Public is a well kept San Francisco restaurant secret in SOMA with a paradoxically romantic and industrial setting. The menu changes frequently to reflect meticulously crafted twists on American cuisine. The Duck Sugo is a house specialty.
  


  
ThirstyBear Brewing Company
661 Howard (at New Montgomery), San Francisco CA 94105

Spanish. A casual, approachable SOMA spot for house-brewed beer and small, Spanish-inspired tapas. Perennially packed during Happy Hour, Thirsty Bear Brewing Company is a favorite among the working crowd and students at the nearby Academy of Art.


  
Town Hall
American. Town Hall is a restaurant, located in the historic Meco building, serving New American cuisine with a focus on regional ingredients. There is a communal table, bar, patio, private room, living room and brick and wood dining room.
  


Tres Agaves
130 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA
It's hard not to love Tres Agaves restaurant. Boasting one of the country's premier tequila collections, the good times (and loud) Mexican restaurant also features an open kitchen that turns out soulful, renditions of Jaliscan and other central Mexican classics made with freshest Bay Area produce.
  


TWO
22 Hawthorne Lane, San Francisco, California 94105

American. An extension of San Francisco's famous (and expensive) Hawthorne Lane restaurant, TWO signifies the restaurant's two, top tier chefs. This new San Francisco restaurant incarnation features funky but sophisticated design, inventive cuisine and attentive service in a secluded and romantic setting on the hideaway Hawthorne Lane.
  


The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco CA

Just walking into the colossal 1909 Nob Hill landmark building the Ritz Carlton hotel calls home is an experience in Nob Hill capital accumulation. The hotel's Dining Room is no less sophisticated. In a sumptous candlelit atmosphere, Chef Sylvian Portay's fine French dining is designed to "enliven the senses—sight, touch, taste, scent and sound," or at least impress a dinner date. Add regal service, and it's no wonder Food & Wine Magazine just dubbed San Francisco's Dining Room on the the top fifty restaurants in the country.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Nob Hill Restaurants  


The Tonga Room
950 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 94163

Home to San Francisco's best happy hour, The Tonga Room and Hurricane bar are a little tropical oasis on the top of Nob Hill. Done up like a rain forest including thunder and periodic rain storms, the Tonga Room serves Pacific Rim Pan Asian cuisine with tropical drinks and other libations from the full bar. Don't miss the Mai Tai voted San Francisco's best by Conde Nast Traveler. - Nob Hill Restaurants


Top of the Mark
One Nob Hill San Francisco CA 94108

The Top of the Mark, a mahogany sky bar and lounge literally on top of the Mark Hopkins hotel, has one of San Francisco's most signature views: a staggering 360 degree bird's eye view of San Francisco and the Bay. Dip into a cocktail and light fine dining and then take a spin in the clouds on the Top's elevated dance floor. - Nob Hill Restaurants


The Mandarin
900 North Point St., San Francisco CA 94109

$$$. Try the pot stickers, the appetizer sampler plate and the spare ribs. The atmosphere is worthy of a mandarin, even if the food is lesser.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco


Trader Vic's
555 Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA 94012

Polynesian. A colonial Polynesian-themed San Francisco restaurant (who's owner is famous for inventing the Mai Tai in 1932), Trader Vic's is a kitschy institution serving tropical drinks and island-themed cuisine.

 
Tasana
339 Taraval St. Tel. 415.664.7603

Lively Thai dishes prepared with care and fresh herbs. Try porpia savoey (mushrooms, chicken, onion, potato, corn, carrot and glass noodles wrapped in a thin pancake and deep fried) or tom kah gai (chicken in coconut milk soup with lemon juice, chile, mushroom and galangal).

 

The Seafood and Beverage Co. at the Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos at Great Highway. Tel. 415.386.3330

$$$. You'll rediscover the range of excellent dishes, all the way from hamburgers to chicken stuffed with crab meat and teriyaki swordfish. Like the name implies, you can't get any closer to the Pacific Ocean. 


Ton Kiang
5821 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA; Tel. 415.386.8530

For 30 years and counting, Ton Kiang has been one of San Francisco's premier dim sum restaurants. At lunch the cavernous dining room is like rush hour as waiters wheel carts of ornate and delicious dim sum creations for your choosing. At night the restaurant serves Hakka-inspired specialties and more dim sum. 

  

Trattoria Contadina
1800 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 94133

Photo-montage walls, old-fashioned linoleum and hand-painted china give this North Beach restaurant a cozy, grandmaternal feel. Welcoming and neighborly (the Cable Car line connecting downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf passes right outside), the Trattoria Contadina (opened in 1983) has a lively mood and simple and eclectic menu of traditional pastas, grilled meats and seafood.

 

The Mandarin
900 North Point St., San Francisco CA 94109

$$$. Try the pot stickers, the appetizer sampler plate and the spare ribs. The atmosphere is worthy of a mandarin, even if the food is lesser.
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Universal Café
2814 19th, between Bryant and Harrison. Tel. 415.821.4608

A tiny café amidst the Mission's warehouses serves up some of the city's most memorable food in an eye-catching, stark industrial setting. The menu courts locals with confident Mediterranean flavors like truffles, bold cheeses and robust Spanish riojas. Standouts on our last visit included the beet salad and grilled flat bread covered with assorted toppings. Vegetarian friendly. 




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Vignette Restaurant
665 Bush Street (Orchard Hotel), San Francisco, California; Tel. 1.866.592.7385

Union Square's New Destination Restaurant!
Chic, calm and quietly comfortable — where locals, visitors and corporate diners go for a perfect afternoon or evening of warm hospitality. The menu at Vignette is seasonal, concentrating on the best quality products from local farms and small growers.
  

 


Venticello
1257 Taylor St., San Francisco, California 94108

Italian. A romantic, neighborhood restaurant hidden on a quiet street atop Nob Hill, Venticello serves classic and comforting Italian cuisine.
Best Restaurants In San Francisco - Nob Hill Restaurants

 


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Wolfgang Puck's original NorCal outpost continues to garner rave reviews and industry accolades thanks to the culinary prowess of Steve and Mitchell Rosenthal. Luckily they spend as much time churning out innovative Californian cuisine as Puck does branding pizzas.
  


Watergate
1152 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94113

Gorgeous lobster martinis and a giddy fondness for truffles makes the Franco-Chinese restaurant a standout in the often anemic Mission dining scene. Classic French service and more foie gras than you can shake a protest sign at.
 


Woodward's Garden
1700 Mission. Tel. 415.621.7122

$$$. Ignore the tiny room's often smothering heat from the oven, and the roar of the freeway just a few paces away, and sink into the Garden's wonderful, creative food. It's worth a little discomfort.




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Yabbie's Coastal Kitchen
2237 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94115

Seafood, seafood and more seafood at this off-the-restaurant-radar Russian Hill restaurant known for excellent fish (one of the best seafood restaurants in town, and that's not an overstatement, even for San Francisco), a raw bar with eight kinds of oysters available by the dozen, and a wine list meant to bring out the subtle flavors of Yabbie's pescatarian favorites.
 

 
Ruth's Chris Steak House
1601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109


Yuen's Garden
1131 Grant, above Pacific in Chinatown. Tel. 415.391.1131

$$. Roast chicken, roast pork, and noodles, noodles, noodles ... and you're expected to slurp. 


Yuet Lee
Broadway at Stockton in Chinatown. Tel. 415.982.6020

$$. Your fish will probably still be breathing as it's carried to the pan. This is a top spot for late dining. Bring your own wine. I love the salt and pepper squid.




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Zuni Café
1658 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Zuni Café has been called the quintessential San Francisco restaurant. Many of the best-loved dishes like the roasted chicken, bread salad and burger are simple, but oh so good. The rest of menu delivers too with boldly flavored takes on American and Mediterranean fare. The big, window fronted bar attracts tourists, models and politicos alike.
 

 


Zingari
501 Post St., San Francisco CA 94102

One block from Union Square, Zingari is an inexpensive San Francisco restaurant for Northern Italian cuisine and seafood, as well as offering live jazz and gypsy violinists (Zingari means "gypsy" in Italian) on Wednesday and Saturdays. Like its namesake, Zingari is relaxed and charming San Francisco restaurant with simple and satisfying dishes, as well as a steal of an early bird pre-fixe menu for $30 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.






San Francisco Hotels



San Francisco Hotels

Hotels in San Francisco

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Best Value Inn & Suites - San Francisco / Commerce
7701 E. Slauson Ave. 90040


Best Value Inn-San Francisco/Downtown
906 S ALvarado Street 90006


Best Value Inn-San Francisco/USC/Downtown
4122 S. Western Ave. 90062

Best Western Dragon Gate Inn
818 N. Hill Street 90012

Best Western Eagle Rock Inn
2911 Colorado Boulevard 90041


Best Western Mid-Wilshire Plaza Hotel
603 S New Hampshire Avenue 90005


Best Western Royal Palace Inn And Suites
2528 S. Sepulveda Boulevard 90064


Best Western Suites Hotel
5005 W Century Boulevard 90304

Best Western Sunset Plaza Hotel
8400 Sunset Boulevard 90069

Best Western Westwood Pacific Hotel
11250 Santa Monica Boulevard 90025

Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel
10300 Wilshire Blvd. 90024

Brentwood Inn
12200 Sunset Boulevard 90049

Carlyle Inn
1119 South Robertson Boulevard 90035

Century Wilshire (LE)
10776 Wilshire Blvd 90024

Comfort Inn - San Francisco
321 North Vermont Ave. 90004

Comfort Inn Eagle Rock
2300 West Colorado Blvd. 90041

Comfort Inn San Francisco
1710 West 7th Street 90017

2717 West Sunset Blvd. 90026

Courtyard by Marriott LAX Century Boulevard
6161 West Century Boulevard 90045

Courtyard by Marriott LAX-Century City-Beverly Hills
10320 West Olympic Boulevard 90064

Crowne Plaza Hotel BEVERLY HILLS
1150 S. Beverly Dr. 90035

Crowne Plaza Hotel SAN FRANCISCO- INTL AIRPORT
5985 West Century Boulevard 90045

Doubletree® Hotel San Francisco-Westwood
10740 Wilshire Boulevard 90024

Econo Lodge San Francisco
11933 Washington Blvd. W. 90066

Elan Hotel Modern
8435 Beverly Boulevard 90048

Embassy Suites Hotel® San Francisco-Intl Arpt. North
9801 Airport Blvd 90045

ExtendedStay LAX Airport
6531 S. Sepulveda Blvd. 90045

Farmer's Daughter Hotel
115 S. Fairfax Avenue 90036

Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco International Airport
9750 Airport Boulevard 90045

Furama Hotel San Francisco
8601 Lincoln Blvd. 90291

Guesthouse Beverly Hills Area
7721 Beverly Blvd 90036

Guesthouse San Francisco
1904 W. Olympic Blvd 90006

HILGARD HOUSE WESTWOOD VILLAGE
927 HILGARD AVENUE 90024

Hilton Checkers San Francisco
535 South Grand Avenue 90071

Hilton San Francisco Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard 90045

Holiday Inn BRENTWOOD-BEL AIR (GETTY/UCLA)
170 North Church Lane 90049

Holiday Inn Express CENTURY CITY
10330 W. Olympic Blvd 90064

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites SAN FRANCISCO-SILVERLAKE
250 SILVER LAKE BLVD 90004

Holiday Inn Express SAN FRANCISCO-UNIV CTY-CAHUENGA
3239 Cahuenga Boulevard 90068

Holiday Inn San Francisco International Airport
9901 La Cienega Blvd. 90045

Holiday Inn SAN FRANCISCO-CITY CTR(CONV CTR)
1020 S. Figueroa St. 90015

Holiday Inn SAN FRANCISCO-DWTN (CONV CTR)
750 Garland Ave @ 8th Street 90017

HOTEL BAMBOO
2528 DEARBORN DRIVE 90067

Hotel Bamboo
2528 Dearborn Drive Hollywood Hills 90068-2240

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Road 90077

Howard Johnson Hotel - San Francisco International Airport
8620 Airport Boulevard 90045

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
711 South Hope Street 90017

Inn Towne Hotel
913 South Figuerda 90015

KAWADA HOTEL
200 SOUTH HILL 90012
Le Meridien Beverly Hills
465 S La Cienega Boulevard at Burton Way CA 90048

LOEWS BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
1224 South Beverwil Drive 90035

San Francisco - Days Inn Downtown
711 North Main Street 90012
SAN FRANCISCO ATHLETIC CLUB
431 WEST 7TH STREET 90014

San Francisco Days Inn
457 S. Mariposa Ave. 90020

San Francisco West Travelodge
10740 Santa Monica Boulevard 90025

Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd, Bel Air
11461 Sunset Blvd 90049

Marriott San Francisco Airport
5855 West Century Boulevard 90045

Marriott San Francisco Downtown
333 South Figueroa Street 90071

Millennium Biltmore Hotel San Francisco
506 South Grand Avenue 90071

Miyako Hotel San Francisco
328 East First Street 90012
New Otani Hotel & Garden
120 South San Francisco Street 90012
Oakwood at The Medici
725 Bixel Street 90017

Omni LA Hotel California Plaza
251 South Olive Street 90012
Park Hyatt San Francisco
At Century City 90067

Quality Hotel Lax
5249 W. Century Blvd. 90045

Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
1901 West Olympic Blvd 90006

Radisson Hotel San Francisco Airport
6225 W. Century Blvd. 90045

Radisson Hotel Midtown San Francisco
3540 SOUTH FIGUEROA STREET 90007

Radisson Wilshire Plaza Hotel San Francisco
3515 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD 90010

Ramada Limited San Francisco Downtown
611 S. West Lake Ave. 90057

Ramada Plazas, Limiteds, and Inns San Francisco
3900 Wilshire Blvd 90010

Renaissance San Francisco Airport Hotel
9620 Airport Boulevard 90045

Residence Inn by Marriott Beverly Hills
1177 South Beverly Drive 90035

Ritz Milner Hotel
813 South Flower Street 90017

Royal Palace Westwood
1052 Tiverton Avenue 90024

Sheraton Gateway Hotel San Francisco Airport
6101 W. Century Blvd. 90045

Sofitel San Francisco
8555 Beverly Blvd. 90048

Super 8 San Francisco/Culver City Area
12664 W. Washington Boulevard 90066

SUPER 8 MOTEL - SAN FRANCISCO/AIRPORT LAX
9250 Airport Blvd 90045

SUPER 8 MOTEL - SAN FRANCISCO/ALHAMBRA
5350 S. Huntington Dr. 90032
SUPER 8 MOTEL - SAN FRANCISCO/DOWNTOWN
1341 W. Sunset Blvd. 90026

The Orlando X Beverly Plaza
8384 West 3rd Street 90048

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
404 South Figueroa Street 90071

The Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
2025 Avenue of the Stars 90067

The Westin San Francisco Airport
5400 West Century Boulevard 90045

Travelodge Hotel at LAX Airport
5547 W. Century Blvd 90045

W San Francisco Westwood
930 Hilgard Avenue 90024

Wilshire Grand Hotel and Centre
930 Wilshire Boulevard 90017


San Francisco Airport and Airlines

America West 800-235-9292

American 800-433-7300

Continental 800-525-0280

Delta 800-221-1212

Northwest 800-225-2525

Southwest 800-435-9792

TWA 800-221-2000

United 800-241-6522

USAir 800-428-4322

Car Rental

Alamo 800-327-9633

Avis 800-831-2847

Budget 800-527-0700

Dollar 800-800-4000

Hertz 800-654-3131

National 800-227-7368

San Francisco Airport and Airlines

America West 800-235-9292

American 800-433-7300

Continental 800-525-0280

Delta 800-221-1212

Northwest 800-225-2525

Southwest 800-435-9792

TWA 800-221-2000

United 800-241-6522

USAir 800-428-4322

San Francisco Car Rental

Alamo 800-327-9633

Avis 800-831-2847

Budget 800-527-0700

Dollar 800-800-4000

Hertz 800-654-3131

National 800-227-7368

San Francisco Taxis

San Francisco Taxi Cabs

Courier Cab
602-232-2222

AAA Cab
602-437-4000

Checker Cab
602-257-1818

Discount Cab
602-266-1110

Yellow Cab
602-252-5252

The San Francisco Restaurant Guide and Directory of San Francisco Restaurants. Upscale nightclubs with live music in the hotels along the San Francisco Fishermans Wharf and the convention center in San Francisco are available to entertain you no matter which San Francisco Hotel you are a guest of.





Whether your taste is for festive Mexican food served to you at one of the best San Francisco Mission restaurants, a quick lunch dining near the convention center or in a San Francisco hotel, or even a hot dog at Mustards Last Stand .. you'll find restaurant menu variety for any taste!

Perhaps you are visiting California and staying in a San Francisco Bed Breakfast and now want to get out to some local San Francisco attractions like Fiesta California , Sea World, the Fishermans Wharf, or just see what's available tourism wise. While on your San Francisco vacation you may want to check out a local golf course or take in a play at the Majestic Theater. Enjoy your time here, and remember walk slowly and drink plenty of water if the temperatures are warm.





 
Upscale nightclubs with live music in the hotels along the San Francisco Fishermans Wharf and the convention center in San Francisco are available to entertain you no matter which San Francisco Hotel you are a guest of.

Whether your taste is for festive Mexican food served to you at one of the best San Francisco Mission restaurants, a quick lunch dining near the convention center or in a San Francisco hotel, or even a hot dog at Mustards Last Stand... you'll find restaurant menu variety for any taste!

Perhaps you are visiting California and staying in a San Francisco Bed Breakfast and now want to get out to some local San Francisco attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the Museum Of Mordern Art, Golden Gate Park , Sea World, Pier 39, China Town or just see what's available tourism wise. While on your San Francisco vacation you may want to check out a local golf course or take in a play at the Theater.

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The specialty restaurant, serving one or two special kinds of food, such as seafood or steak, is another distinctive American establishment. The Pullman car diner, serving full-course meals to long distance railroad passengers, and the riverboat steamers, renowned as floating gourmet palaces, were original American conceptions. They belong to an earlier age, when dining out was a principal social diversion, and restaurants tended to become increasingly lavish in food preparation, decor, and service.

Founded during the gold rush years with a colorful economy that included brothels and wiskey joints, San Francisco was a strong fortress against the threat of the Japanese during WWII. Today, you'll remember San Francisco for everything it has to offer, from historic buildings to unbeatable nightlife and a burgeoning art scene. Visitors enjoy the restaurants, bars and hotels that make up the scenic Fishermans Wharf along the San Francisco Embarcadero. Other attractions include Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and The Golden Gate Bridge.

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San Francisco has a cool climate - so you can count on wearing layers.



Find a wide variety of San Francisco restaurants with Restaurants In San Francisco - A San Francisco Restaurant Guide. From Caribbean and Continental to Southwest and Seafood, restaurants in San Francisco offer an abundance of choices to suit your taste and budget. You’re sure to enjoy your dining experience at one of these fine San Francisco restaurants.