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This is old San Francisco with its polished brass, dark wood and seafood specialties served by waiters in tuxedos. The roots of this establishment go back more than 100 years. Sauteed crabs legs are supple, sand dabs are luscious and sweet. The wine list is all local with California selections from top to bottom. Throughout your meal, the bread basket is kept filled with soft, hot sourdough; which is city's another tradition kept alive at Sam's Grill.
The restaurant of celebrity Chef Tyler Florence, everything you need to to know about Wayfare Tavern is in the name. Here you'll find a tavern vibe with hearty American fare from the turn of the 20th Century. Try classic home-style dishes like fried chicken, rib-eye steak and Irish lamb stew while sipping on draft beers, organic draft root beer and Victorian-style cocktails. If you're in the mood for something lighter, start off with the raw bar which features West and East Coast oysters, lobster, Mendocino sea urchin and Pacific albacore. This is a popular spot for business power lunches and after-work drinks.
Rumor has it that this bar and restaurant was built to accommodate the crowds generated by the baseball stadium across the street. If this is true, there is only one question. Where will they fit? The bar and patio are packed every night with sports fans at MoMo's. Escape to the dining room, where you can enjoy hearty American favorites. The restaurant also serves as a private dining room where you can throw a lavish party for loved ones.
In a city where most restaurants have a lifespan of less than five years, it is heartening, if not surprising, to find such an old-timer. Politicians and business people have been coming here forever, buying each other martinis and waiting to be seated (no reservations are accepted). The seafood is fresh and fabulous and the decor is turn-of-the-last-century. The waitstaff is great, and it's not surprising--some of them have been here more than 30 years!
Perbacco Ristorante & Bar, located in chic quarters in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, presents cuisine from the Italian Piemonte region in all its glory. Dishes like pan roasted sea scallops (with warm shell bean salad and mint salmoriglio) and beef short rib Stracotto (with black truffle celery root puree) are full of the absolute freshest seasonal ingredients, and presented with the utmost artfulness. Pastas, appetizers, salads, crudos and desserts are just as delightful (particularly in the extremely posh setting).
Large and modern, this is an impressive and popular eatery. Expect to wait at the bar for a table. However, waiting is quite pleasant as the excellent cocktails will keep you well occupied. Once seated, your patience is rewarded with fresh bread and an unusually seasoned but delicious cup of tomato bisque. Start with an assortment of house-cured charcuterie, then go on to bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or pan-roasted wild sturgeon. Portions are generous but save room - the butterscotch pudding is wonderful and the house-made ice cream is heaven in a dish.
The Balboa Cafe is one of the busiest meeting grounds for San Francisco's young professionals. Menu offerings change by season, and lunch and dinner specials are offered daily. Some recommended dishes include seared ahi with ragout of autumn mushrooms, black truffles and banyuls vinaigrette, pasta du jour, and New York steak with red wine sauce. The bar is open late every day.