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Exactly what displaced New Yorkers crave – more space and great pizza. Anthony Mangieri of NYC’s East Village classic brought his reputation and coveted no-yeast dough recipe to the Bay... read more
Chef Corey Lee is one of our favorites because he’s simultaneously cool and crazy focused. And, ahem, he won the James Beard award and helmed that one restaurant called French Laundry for a f... read more
Big fun to be had in Bruce Hill’s humongous SoMa pizzeria, notably housed in a relic of the former dot-com boom. The original late-90s industrial chic design was given a makeover and lots of warm t... read more
Hard times trigger a retreat to Americana, and what could be more all-American and comforting than a crispy grilled cheese sandwich, served here with an SF foodie twist? Small, café-like spa... read more
One of several optimistic SOMA openings with smart, simple concept and high-quality food, most sourced from within a 100-mile radius. Formerly Julie's Supper Club (which enjoyed an outsized rep but... read more
Optimistic bistro from owner Anna Weinberg and chef Jennifer Puccio -- the power duo behind much-beloved (and mourned) Cortez. Smartly redesigned red brick SOMA spot brighter than before and featur... read more
Sunny corner coffee shop on an industrial wasteland, beyond-Thunderdome intersection a block away from where 7 huge highways collide. Fresh-faced staff slings quality Lavazza espresso and really go... read more
Super slick and sleek modern Chinese eatery from Charles Phan (of beloved Slanted Door) tucked in neatly next to the SF Federal building on the SOMA gentrification frontier. Emphasis is on small, s... read more
Don’t call it a comeback, Chef Hoss Zaré has been here for years. More or less. Zaré bought the space in 2008—16 years after working in the historic Fly Trap’s kitch... read more
SF’s most refined hotel deserves a restaurant of this stature, with a sensual, smart aesthetic flowing seamlessly from the St. Regis lobby. Strictly a business crowd at lunch, but warms up at... read more
Holy Asian gender bender! Like Lucky Cheng’s sans the kitsch. Bachelorette parties and creepy middle-aged dudes gawking at supple, well-endowed waitstaff doing double duty as lip-syncing pop stars ... read more
Delectable parkside bistro's a petit slice of Paris. Sit inside to avoid posse of bums with blaring boomboxes enjoying South Park solitude at taxpayer expense (hey, it’s true). Cane-backed chairs, ... read more
Massive live seafood tank in busy, open dining room. Gaudy brass and crystal chandeliers and red Asian accents means it's the real deal. Good place for cheap 'n’ tasty dim sum or 12-course Chinese ... read more
French corner bistro loses the tablecloths, gets fresh paint job, wood oven and Scando-moderne interior and voila! Where you go to get your beef cheek mole on a chip. Da ex-Mayor Willie Brown, capt... read more
True to its name, quaint French bistro makes you forget you’re in SoMa. Lace curtains, warm yellow walls, back patio decorated with tiny white lights and climbing ivy. Well-priced prix-fixe (three ... read more
Sleeper ceviche bar of the year. Who needs atmo when you’ve got food this soulful, spicy and affordable? So what if the look is circa 1992 and the view is a bunch of EndUp tweakers making a beeline... read more
We’ll film the illicit tryst scene here. Sheer scarlet curtains, candlelight, exposed brick backdrop, orchids placed just so. Late night schmancy comfort food (e.g., goat cheddar mac 'n' cheese) fo... read more
Like being in someone’s backyard across from the ballpark. Narrow corridor leads to not-so-secret sunny back deck where pre-game fans chug sangria and “boulis boulis” pitchers in a festive atmosphe... read more
Don’t panic if you see flames. LuLu still going strong after more than a decade. Hopefully they’ve paid off that enormous wood-burning oven in exhibition kitchen by now. Top dishes are still the ro... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...