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Known to many a Palo Alto chocolate addict for their European style chocolates and pastries - all created with organic sugar, flour, and dairy from St. Anthony's farm in Sonoma. Turns out they also... read more
Decked out in all manner of porcine artwork, this cafe is a porcine palace and the place to insulate yourself with a bit of rillette or confit. Sandwiches, salads, and burgers (do try the lamb burg... read more
Chef Douglas Keane has made quite a name for himself in just a few years in wine country; his restaurant is often mentioned in the same breath as the famed French Laundry. The eight-course tasting ... read more
Kooky, hole-in-the-wall café and take-out lunch spot next door to Barney’s is beloved by SF’s fashion intelligentsia (all 17 of them). Unless you get there early or off-hours, ex... read more
The kind of place where the girl at the table next to you might just hide a diamond ring in her chocolate dariole, or someone might be trying to prove to a visiting client that yes, we in Californi... read more
Boasting the only patio in downtown directly overlooking the Napa River, this "contemporary country French" restaurant is at once both cozy and bustling, a place the locals go for an easy-going bit... read more
From the family-owned farm just three miles away, to the crisply linened tables, Farmhouse keeps the farm(duh)-to-table concept fresh and sophisticated with an expertly curated winelist and a tight... read more
Quoting menu items wouldn't be prudent here - chef Guillaume Bienaime and staff recreate the menu weekly, if not daily, allowing the best meats and produce from area farmer's markets to dictate. Th... read more
This is the best of the three Bay Area locations, and as close as you can come to an institution in the topsy-turvy Peninsula restaurant scene. Big, bright, sometimes boisterous brasserie has the r... read more
A spot-on interpretation of a classic French bistro (except the food's too good and the service too accommodating), Thomas Keller based the original Bouchon on memories of comforting meals in cozy ... read more
This cheery spot just off Sonoma square, with it’s custom artwork, salumi-making classes and a full product line -- from cutely designed T-shirts and jams, to goat milk soap and body butter -... read more
If you're looking to be impressed by elaborate, decadent decor, you will likely be disappointed by the simple, tidy surroundings in which arguably some of the best food in North America is currentl... read more
Situated snugly within the sprawling grounds of Domaine Chandon (the California home of Moët & Chandon), Étoile (named for the winery's sparkling cuvée) offers artfully const... read more
Petite and pretty piece of Paris on left coast (and pronounced "zang"). Freelancers bordering on unemployed kill prime working hours over nicoise salad and croque monsieur while Norah Jones works i... read more
For when you’re really pinching pennies or just plain cheap. Greedy eaters rejoice over piled-high plates of crepes and omelets crammed with spinach, onions, sausage, cheese, peppers, etc. Add on t... read more
Zazie is French for “Where to take Mother when she visits.” Well, close enough. Darling French bistro where raviolis come stuffed with chèvre and fig (of course they do). Gingerbread pancakes with ... read more
Sexy fin de siècle dining in Moulin Rouge setting complete with leather and mohair banquettes. Oysters, lavender crème brulée and Ginger Rogers cocktails, though no actual absinthe or Nicole Kidman... read more
Absinthe’s baby sister ain't your average sliver of a sandwich shop. Demure wine shop disguise hides locals-only vibe within. Mediterranean/Provençal dishes on house-made everything: croque Arlequi... read more
A favorite with the symphony and politico crowd, but cool enough for young hipsters with good credit. Dust off the Armani and practice those table manners. Groovy interior design resembles a giant ... 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...