Stone's Throw

Californian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

This New American storefront bistro has great service (staff are alums of some of SF's top houses) and, in keeping with the latest style, no one dresses up. It's famous for Sunday brunch – yum, those mimosas and lavender-glazed doughnuts! – but it's great at dinner, too, when dishes include standout duck-liver paté with warm pretzels, and squid-ink pasta. Alas, the room's loud.