Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, the inventor of California cuisine. It’s in a lovely Arts and Crafts house in the Gourmet Ghetto, and you can choose to pull out all the stops with a prix-…
Market in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Ferry Building market showcases California-grown, organic produce, pasture-raised meats and gourmet prepared foods at moderate-to-premium prices – plus an excellent selection of food trucks on weekends.
Top Choice Mexican in The Mission & Potrero Hill

La Taqueria

SF's definitive burrito has no debatable saffron rice, spinach tortilla or mango salsa – just perfectly grilled meats, slow-cooked beans and classic tomatillo or mesquite salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla. They're p…
Top Choice Vegetarian in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Greens

Career carnivores won't realize there's zero meat in the hearty black-bean chili, or in the other flavor-packed vegetarian dishes, made using ingredients from a Zen farm in Marin. And oh!, what views – the Golden Ga…
Top Choice Food Truck in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Off the Grid

Some 30 food trucks circle their wagons at SF's largest mobile-gourmet hootenannys on Friday night at Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Blvd), and Sunday midday for Picnic at the Presidio and Thursday evenings for Twiligh…
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

State Bird Provisions

Even before winning back-to-back James Beard Awards, State Bird attracted lines for 5:30pm seatings not seen since the Dead played neighbouring Fillmore Auditorium. The draw is a thrilling play on dim sum, wildly i…
Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Rich Table

Satisfy cravings for taste adventures at Rich Table, home of dried porcini doughnuts, octopus confit and totally trippy beet marshmallows. Married co-chefs/owners Sarah and Evan Rich riff on seasonal Californian far…
Top Choice Californian in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Gary Danko

Gary Danko wins James Beard Awards for his impeccable haute California cuisine. Smoked-glass windows prevent passersby from tripping over their tongues at the exquisite presentations – roasted lobster with trumpet m…
Top Choice Seafood in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Swan Oyster Depot

Superior flavor without the superior attitude of typical seafood restaurants – Swan's downside is an inevitable wait for the few stools at the vintage lunch counter, but the upside of high turnover is incredibly fre…
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Acquerello

A converted chapel is a fitting location for a meal that'll turn Italian culinary purists into true believers in Cal-Italian cuisine. Chef Suzette Gresham's generous pastas and ingenious seasonal meat dishes include…