California restaurants

Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Rich Table

Impossible cravings begin at Rich Table, where mind-bending dishes like porcini doughnuts, sardine chips, and burrata (mozzarella and cream) funnel cake blow up Instagram feeds nightly. Married co-chefs and owners S…
Top Choice Japanese in Healdsburg

SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn

The most ambitious project in Northern California is SingleThread, a world-class restaurant and, secondarily, an inn, where omotenashi (warm hospitality in Japanese) reigns and dishes from an 11-course tasting menu …
Top Choice Chinese in North Beach & Chinatown

Mister Jiu's

Success has been celebrated in this historic Chinatown banquet hall since the 1880s – but today, scoring a table at Mister Jiu's is reason enough for celebration. Build memorable banquets from chef Brandon Jew's ing…
Top Choice Seafood in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Swan Oyster Depot

Superior flavor without the superior attitude of typical seafood restaurants. Justifiably famous since 1912 for signature oysters and crab salads, there's almost always a wait for the few stools at its vintage lunch…
Top Choice French in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Atelier Crenn

The menu arrives in the form of a poem, and then come the signature white chocolate spheres filled with a burst of apple cider. If this seems an unlikely start to a meal, just wait for the geoduck rice tart in a gla…
Top Choice Californian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Al's Place

The Golden State dazzles on Al's plates, featuring homegrown heirloom ingredients, pristine Pacific seafood and grass-fed meat. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures: crispy-skin…
Top Choice Mexican in Oakland

Taqueria El Paisa@.com

Yes that is the name of this place, and no, we don't know how to say it out loud (a lot of locals just call it 'El Paisa'). Honestly, we would call this taco joint whatever it wants to be named, because the tacos ar…
Top Choice Fusion in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Kaiyo

For a deliciously deep dive into the cuisine of the Japanese-Peruvian diaspora, head to Cow Hollow's most playful and inventive new restaurant, where the Pisco and whisky cocktails are named for anime characters and…
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Acquerello

A converted chapel is a fitting location for feasts that turn Italian culinary purists into true believers in Cal-Italian cuisine. Chef Suzette Gresham's ingenious handmade pastas and seasonal signatures include hea…
Top Choice Californian in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

Noosh

Follow the spice route into the future with Istanbul-inspired, San Francisco-invented sensations: satiny lamb belly with smoked yoghurt, nutty confit sunchoke kebabs, fermented red pepper and California almond muham…