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 Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley


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 The Castro & Noe Valley


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 Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa


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 Golden Gate Park & the Avenues


When windy Ocean Beach leaves you feeling shipwrecked, drift into this beach-shack bistro for organic, California coastal comfort food. Brunch demands Dutch pancakes in iron skillets with housemade ricotta, lunch br…
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 Mission & 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…
American in The Mission & Potrero Hill


Chow's diverse menu appeals to all tastes, with everything from pizza to pork chops and Thai-style noodles to spaghetti and meatballs. The wood-floored room is big, loud and always busy. Avoid tables alongside the b…
Burgers in The Castro & Noe Valley


All-natural burgers and fries.