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Memorable Places to EAT

Here are some restaurants that our clients have appreciated and locals regularly enjoy...which means they offer exciting, often organically produced, meals in beautiful (or at least) interesting settings, usually with excellent service.

[ BTW if you walk by a food truck and you're hungry...go back, ask what they're known for, order...it could turn out to be the best thing you've tasted in months:-)  Of course, food trucks don't provide seating or shelter from the elements. ]  A few of the hundred great eateries in towns outside San Francisco are noted in the last part of this listing.


inside the city of San Francisco:


Seafood

Farallon: Union Square...known for its under-the-sea decor
Scoma's: Fisherman's Wharf & Sausalito...no reservations needed at Wharf location
Hog Island Oyster Co.: in the Ferry Building & other locations
Elite Cafe: Pacific Heights...a bit of Cajun in Old San Francisco setting

Chinese

Yank Sing: Downtown...best dim sum...elegant ambience...Lunch only
Ton Kiang: Outer Richmond...excellent dim sum
Hunan: Downtown & near Levi's Plaza...spicy!
Jai Yun: Chinatown...master of the cuisine

Italian

Chiaroscuro: Downtown...heavenly pasta, great desserts
Delfina: Mission...take a taxi...no parking nearby
Acquerello: Polk Gulch
Trattoria Contadina: North Beach...a piece of Old San Francisco, on Taylor St cable-car line

...There are many great Italian restaurants, so ask your concierge or research Zagat et. al.

French

Boulevard: Waterfront...exquisite Art Nouveau decor
Chapeau!: Inner Richmond...intimate
Grand Cafe: Union Square...beautiful Belle Epoque decor
Le Petit Laurent: Glen Park...neighborhood gem, short walk from BART

Absinthe: so Parisian you expect the staff to speak francais


Steakhouse

Harris': Polk Gulch
House of Prime Rib: Polk Gulch
Bourbon: Union Square...by Michael Mina...duck-fat fries

Breakfast

Dottie's True Blue Cafe: Tenderloin...go early to avoid long line
Mama's: North Beach...go early to avoid long line
Sears Fine Foods: Union Square...locals' favorite
Boulette's Larder: Waterfront...in the fabulous Ferry Building

Pork Store Cafe: The Haight...features Southern favorites

Mexican/S.American

Colibri: Downtown...Mexican, looks traditional, tastes fresh!

Piqueo: Bernal Heights...Peruvian, neighborhood gem
La Cumbre: Mission...tacqueria
La Mar Cebicheria: Waterfront...Peruvian w/seafood specialty

Spanish

Zarzuela: Russian Hill...authentically Old World Spanish

Southeast Asian

Burma Superstar: Inner Richmond...popular!
Dosa: Japantown...excellent South Indian
Amber India: Downtown...elegant pan Indian
Thep Phanom: Lower Haight...Thai
Manora: SOMA...Thai
The Slanted Door: Waterfront...best Vietnamese...one of our best restaurants, period!...in Ferry Building

"Soul" (southern American) Food

1300 Fillmore: unique creations...next to Yoshi's jazz...near Japantown

Farmerbrown: Tenderloin..."neo" soul food


Miscellaneous

Greens: Fort Mason...generally considered best vegetarian in The City
NOPA: Lower Haight..."urban rustic food"
Zuni Cafe: Civic Center...near Opera House/Symphony Hall...locals in their natural habitat
The Big Four: Nob Hill...game favored on menu...railroad baron ambience
Kokkari Estiatorio: Downtown...generally considered best Greek
Garden Court: Downtown...beautiful! in the historic Palace Hotel


Outside of San Francisco:

Casanova: Carmel...formidable! French-Italian w/good wine list in a quaint cottage setting


Bottega: Yountville (Napa Vly)...Chiarello's masterwork
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen: St. Helena (Napa Vly)...Victorian grace...unique comfort food
Farmstead: St. Helena (Napa Vly) quintessential "farm to table" offerings in an unique, beautiful setting

Amber Cafe: on El Camino Real south of Stanford's campus...great Indian 'fast food'

Pizzeria Venti: Mountain View near Google...in a strip mall, featuring much more than just good pizza


Nepenthe: Big Sur...views to die for

Ristorante Avanti: Santa Cruz...excellent Italian in a strip mall

Chez Panisse: Berkeley..motherlode of "California cuisine"

Gather: downtown Berkeley near campus...don't miss the "vegan charcuterie"
Breads of India: Oakland, Berkeley...excellent regional Indian
Tamarindo: Oakland...exceptional Mexican
Bocanova: Oakland..."pan-American grill"

Sidebar: Oakland...hearty comfort food near the Lake

The Spinnaker: good seafood w/panoramic view...short walk from the ferry dock

Sushi Ran: Sausalito...considered by some the best sushi this side of Tokyo

El Paseo: Mill Valley...Tyler Florence's...enchanting, romantic