Restaurants

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…
Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Jardinière

Iron Chef, Top Chef Master and James Beard Award winner Traci Des Jardins champions sustainable, salacious California cuisine. She has a way with California's organic produce, sustainable meats and seafood that's pr…
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 Bakery in North Beach & Chinatown

Liguria Bakery

Bleary-eyed art students and Italian grandmothers are in line by 8am for cinnamon-raisin focaccia hot out of the 100-year-old oven, leaving 9am dawdlers a choice of tomato or classic rosemary/garlic and 11am straggl…
Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Coi

Chef Daniel Patterson's restlessly imaginative 12-course tasting menu is like licking the California coastline: satiny Meyer-lemon gelee melts onto oysters, nutty wild morels hug blush-pink trout, California sturgeo…
Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Benu

SF has set fusion cuisine standards for 150 years, but chef-owner Corey Lee remixes California ingredients and Pacific Rim inspiration with a superstar DJ's finesse. Dungeness crab and truffle custard bring such out…
Top Choice Sushi in The Mission & Potrero Hill

Ichi Sushi

Alluring on the plate and positively obscene on the tongue, Ichi Sushi is a sharp cut above other fish joints. Chef Tim Archuleta slices silky, sustainably sourced fish with a jeweler's precision, balances it atop w…
Top Choice Korean in The Mission & Potrero Hill

Namu Gaji

SF's unfair culinary advantages – organic local ingredients, Silicon Valley inventiveness and Pacific Rim roots – are showcased in Namu's Korean-inspired soul food. Menu standouts include ultra-savory shiitake mushr…
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…