Petit Crenn

Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Leave gimmicky waterfront bistros behind and find higher ground here, with rustic French seafood and easy social graces. Triple-Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn offers a Brittany-inspired tasting menu nightly – items change seasonally, but include standout canapés (puffy gougères – cheese choux pastries – will haunt your dreams) and inspired coastal dishes like truffled steelhead and pistachio-oiled sea urchin. Reservations and prepayment required; meal price includes service.

Optional wine pairings ensure easy conversation ($70 or $120 for reserve wines); skip unimaginative supplemental caviar omelette and cheese courses. Meals are paced by the chef to take about two hours; early reservations are easier to score, but you may feel rushed to make way for the next seating. To see kitchen action up close, chef's counter service is available for dinner walk-ins. À la carte brunches feature savory buckwheat crêpes and caramel apple brioche French toast; reserve ahead.