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With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglazed walnut tables, and an unobstructed vision of the exalted kitchen, it's feels a bit like you're attending a big dinner party. Wit... read more
Only master mixologist Scott Beattie (author of Artisanal Cocktails) could pull off a craft cocktail scene in a wine-specific destination. While he needs no introduction (nor do his innovative, han... read more
If you're a cool cat, you're in. This boutique vineyard calls to the tragically hip, the tirelessly chill and fancy 30-something tastemakers. There's no distribution (you have to hit up the winery ... read more
Mina flipped his namesake spot in the Westin St. Francis into another incarnation of Bourbon Steak (the 5th nationally), giving it a strong, masculine redesign defined by leather and dark wood. Exe... read more
A striking emblem of gentrification and possible harbinger of the Mission’s future – was home to a 20+ year-old Mexican joint El Herradero, and a 1920s donut shop before that. Given a s... 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
Tough act to follow occupying the former home of 31-year vet Café Mozart – the self-proclaimed (yet slightly creepy) “San Francisco’s Most Romantic Restaurant.” Given... 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
Straightforward concept that's right for the times: Delarosa and Starbelly cicerone (beer connoisseur) Rich Higgins has developed an awesome beer and beer-derived menu, housed in a low-key space bu... 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
Sandwiched ibetween 76 gas station and former auto mechanic; in any other city at any other time, this place would be a brake repair shop. Welcome to late-stage Valencia gentrification, where you c... read more
Hotly-anticipated opening from Deborah Blum and Adriano Paganini, the smart crew behind Beretta. Looks like a flyover state bbq shack from the outside, neatly-appointed, clean and bright on the ins... read more
Artisinal Kosher cuisine from chef Chaim Davids, who's recreated many of the dishes he learned growing up in a large Jewish family in Baltimore. The interesting, varied menu here blends Mediterrane... read more
Designed by a former Seattle city planner, Bardessono was built with the environment in mind, quite literally from the ground up. The underground geothermal reserve takes advantage of a shallow wat... read more
As it's tucked away into the new-ish yuppie strip mall right across the street from the Stanford campus, we overlooked this place for a couple months, but since we've met it's become habit. Bright,... read more
Not a restaurant with a fixed address but an ongoing experiment in creative cooking led by husband-and-wife team Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, recently serving out of Chinese restaurant Lung S... read more
Within the Calfornia Academy of Sciences lies a grotto of goodness. Floating steel staircase meets moss-covered walls in the dimly lit bar-slash-cave. Tables are made of honest to goodness Californ... read more
We sincerely wish that more Sil Valley restauranteurs approached their businesses with the humility and attention to detail that Chef/Owner Ross Hanson has. Tucked into a 100-year old house (that u... 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...