Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

The 1889 belle epoque Audiffred Building once housed the Coast Seamen's Union, but for 20-plus years James Beard Award–winning chef Nancy Oakes has made culinary history here. Reliably tasty, effortlessly elegant dishes include juicy wood-oven-roasted Berkshire pork prime rib chops, crisp California quail, and wild halibut with scallop prawn dumplings, plus decadent, nostalgia-inducing cakes and ice cream, and SF's best service.