Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Rich Table

Impossible cravings begin at Rich Table, inventor of porcini doughnuts, miso-marrow-stuffed pasta, and fried chicken madeleines with caviar. Married co-chefs and owners Sarah and Evan Rich playfully riff on seasonal…
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 on the side. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures…
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 neighboring Fillmore Auditorium. The draw is a thrilling play on dim sum, wildly inv…
Top Choice Californian in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Gary Danko

Gary Danko wins James Beard awards for his impeccable Californian haute cuisine. Smoked-glass windows prevent passersby from tripping over their tongues at the exquisite presentations – roasted lobster with blood or…
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 Californian in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Outerlands

When windy Ocean Beach leaves you feeling shipwrecked, drift into this beach-shack bistro for organic Californian comfort food. Brunch demands Dutch pancakes in iron skillets with house-made ricotta, lunch brings ca…
Top Choice American in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

farm:table

A ray of sunshine in the concrete heart of the city, this plucky little storefront showcases seasonal California organics in just-baked breakfasts and farmstead-fresh lunches. Check the menu on Twitter (@farmtable) …
Top Choice Californian in The Castro & Noe Valley

Frances

Chef-owner Melissa Perello earned a Michelin star for fine dining, then ditched downtown to start this market-inspired neighborhood bistro. Daily menus showcase bright, seasonal flavors and luxurious textures: cloud…
Top Choice Californian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Serpentine

The best brunch you'll ever have in a boiler room – or, really, anywhere in San Francisco – is Serpentine's Dungeness-crab Benedict, with extra-frothy hollandaise and audaciously fried lemon and capers, served in a …
American in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Zuni Cafe

Gimmickry is for amateurs – Zuni has been turning basic menu items into gourmet staples since 1979. Reservations and fat wallets are key for oyster-and-martini lunches, but the see-and-be-seen seating is a kick and …