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We can pick you up anywhere within 90 minutes’ drive of San Francisco—at your home, hotel, ship's terminal, or the airport!
Memorable Places to EAT!
Here are some restaurants that our clients have appreciated and locals regularly enjoy: they offer exciting, often organically produced meals in beautiful, or at least interesting settings, with professional service. Feel free to also consult Open Table (a website that makes it easy to book reservations and offers free bonuses with frequent use), Yelp or Zagat for other opinions.
Food trucks have popped up all over the Bay Area--there are even areas for several to park together near downtown San Francisco (and in other cities). Don't overlook them...an order from a food truck could turn out to be the best thing you've tasted that week :-) And if you're fond of British specialties, ask about where to find good fish and chips, or a charming teahouse near the end of the J-Church streetcar line...one of the best rides from downtown thru several interesting neighborhoods.
[A few of the hundred great eateries in towns outside San Francisco are noted in the last part of this listing.]
IN the city of San Francisco:
Farallon: Union Square...known for its under-the-sea decor
Woodhouse Fish Company: Castro...take an historic trolley
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
Yank Sing: Downtown...best dim sum...elegant ambience...Lunch only
M.Y. China: Downtown...though more elegantly appointed than what one usually expects in a mall
Ton Kiang: Outer Richmond...excellent dim sum
Hunan: Downtown & near Levi's Plaza...spicy!
Jai Yun: Chinatown...master of the cuisine
Delfina: Mission...take a taxi...no parking nearby...often rated best Italian
Acquerello: Polk Gulch
Trattoria Contadina: North Beach...a piece of Old San Francisco, on Taylor St cable-car line
...There are many excellent Italian restaurants, so ask your concierge or research Zagat et. al.
Boulevard: Waterfront...exquisite Art Nouveau decor
Cocotte: Russian Hill...neighborhood gem...take the cable car
Le Petit Laurent: Glen Park...neighborhood gem, short walk from BART
Absinthe: so Parisian you expect the staff to parle francais
Harris': Van Ness Avenue
House of Prime Rib: Van Ness Av
Alfred's Steakhouse: near Van Ness Av
(All have long lines so go before 8:30 or be prepared to hang out with a crowd.)
Brenda's French Soul Cafe: near Civic Center...unbelievably good Cajun/Creole...hefty portions,
Dottie's True Blue Cafe: right off Market in a "colorful" neighborhood
Mama's: North Beach, next to Washington Square Park
Sears Fine Foods: Union Square...famous for its Swedish pancakes and apple dumplings
Pork Store Cafe: The Haight & The Mission...features Southern favorites
Colibri: Downtown...Mexican, looks traditional, tastes fresh!
Piqueo: Bernal Heights...Peruvian, neighborhood gem
La Mar Cebicheria: Waterfront...Peruvian w/seafood specialty
La Cumbre: Mission...one of many neighborhood tacquerias
Zarzuela: Russian Hill...authentically Old World Spanish
Burma Superstar: Inner Richmond neighborhood...popular!...also on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland
Dosa: Japantown...elegant, South Indian
Amber India: Downtown...elegant pan Indian
Thep Phanom: Lower Haight...Thai
Borobudur: world-class Indonesian...lower Nob Hill
The Slanted Door: Waterfront...most popular Vietnamese...in the Ferry Building; Celebrity chef, Charles Phan, also has a cafe in the new SF Jazz Center...Hayes Valley
"Soul" (southern American) Food
1300 Fillmore: unique creations...next to Yoshi's jazz...near Japantown
Farmerbrown: Tenderloin..."neo" soul food
Greens: Fort Mason...generally considered best vegetarian
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...elegant railroad baron ambience
Kokkari Estiatorio: Downtown...generally considered best Greek
Garden Court: Downtown...grandly beautiful! room w/crystal chandeliers...in the historic Palace Hotel
Outside of San Francisco:
Dry Creek Grill: San Jose (oddly in a strip mall in Willow Glen)...everything's scrumptious! especially the barbeque...dinner only...worth driving out of your way to experience
Casanova: Carmel...quaint French-Italian w/excellent wine list
Mission Ranch: Carmel...killer view...popular with locals...a Clint Eastwood venture
Bottega: Yountville (Napa Vly)...Chiarello's masterwork
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen: St. Helena (Napa Vly)...comfort food in a comfortable setting; Cindy has
several other restaurants in the Valley, all of which are worth your attention
Farmstead: St. Helena (Napa Vly)...quintessential "farm to table" menu
La Condesa: St. Helena...unique takes on Mexican cuisine
Nepenthe: Big Sur...views to die for
Ristorante Avanti: Santa Cruz...excellent Italian in a strip mall
Chez Panisse: Berkeley..motherlode of "California cuisine"
Fusebox: Oakland...Korean take on 'soul food'
Breads of India: Oakland, Berkeley...excellent regional Indian
Fonda: Albany...superb! Mexican and Spanish
Tamarindo: Oakland...exceptional Mexican
Juhu Beach Club: Oakland...creative South Indian
The Spinnaker: good seafood w/panoramic view...short walk from the ferry dock in Sausalito
Sushi Ran: Sausalito...considered by some the best sushi this side of Tokyo
Angelino's: Sausalito...Italian including excellent pizza
Copita Tequileria y Comida: Sausalito...outstanding authentic Mexican
Taste of Rome: Sausalito...good options and atmosphere for children
El Paseo: Mill Valley...Tyler Florence & Sammy Hagar in a winning combination...charming!