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Modeled after traditional dim sum service, State Bird Provisions lets patrons use the sense of smell and sight to choose their dishes, with cuisine brought in on a trolly for viewing. Each item is creative and innovative, with dishes like sweet corn and chive pancakes, kimchi pork belly with tofu and duck liver mousse with almond biscuit. The space is rather small, yet cozy with an open concept kitchen, and friendly staff.
Locals come to Acquerello on special occasions to enjoy meals that combine the best aspects of Italy and California. The incredibly artful dishes, prepared with extra care and tender love, please the palate and sate an empty stomach. The menu is prix fixe only, starting with three courses. If you find it difficult to choose from among the restaurant's 700 bottles of wine, the knowledgeable wait staff is happy to suggest a selection sure to complement your food. Atmosphere is formal, so jackets are suggested for men, and sandals, sneakers and t-shirts should be avoided. This restaurant is a recipient of the coveted Michelin Star award.
Opened in 2010, Sons & Daughters is located in the neighborhood of Union Square by chefs Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty. The restaurant specializes in seasonal, local contemporary New American cuisine. The changing prix fixe menu features dishes listed simply by ingredients like farm egg, malt, yeast, ground cherry or wild boar, Burgundy truffle, apple, hay. The dining area is clean and warm, featuring lots of polished wood furniture and black and white photos; the lack of overbearing fanciness ensures that you can be relaxed enough to fully enjoy every aspect of this Michelin-starred dining experience.
Intimate and exclusive, Keiko à Nob Hill offers a truly world class dining experience to the true connoisseur of fine food. The restaurant features sophisticated decor and the perfect setting for a romantic meal. This sophistication and focus on every sense through taste, texture and flavor is perfectly reflected in the meticulous preparation of each dish. The concept is a unique one, with one seating per night with a fixed price 13-15 course tasting menu that can be paired with wine or for the more discerning palate, the Magnifique Wine pairing with the chef's hand picked vintage selection. Japanese flavors combine with classic French technique to create a unique fusion of the two with dishes like Hokkaido’ Uni Capellini with Caviar, A5 Wagyu with Yuzu-Soy Foam, Honwasabi and Bluefin Tuna ‘Toro’. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.
Benu opened in San Francisco's SoMa area in 2010, and has become one of the Bay Area's most coveted restaurants. Chef and owner Corey Lee, former chef de cuisine at the famed French Laundry in Napa Valley, is a James Beard Award winner who has created this modern and intimate restaurant. The cuisine is New American, serving dishes on the a la carte and prix fixe menus like foie gras steamed in sake with carrot, orange, ginger and brioche or poularde cooked en vessie. You can always count on Benu to provide excellent service and incredible, innovative food and perfect wine pairings for a truly memorable dining experience. Benu was awarded two Michelin stars in 2011.
Saison is a light and homey-feeling restaurant. The menu is a tasty mixture of traditional French cuisine, and the ever popular New American genre that has already been sweeping the world. Focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients and careful and precise preparation and technique. The menu changes daily, so no matter how many times you come back (and you WILL come back), you always get to have a new, delicious and exciting dining experience. Of course, wine pairings are available for every course of the Michelin-starred prix fixe menu.
La Folie, an upscale French restaurant located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, offers great delicacies at steep prices. Owned by Chef Roland Passot, this dining spot is quite popular among the gourmets in the city. The menu changes often, but past offerings have included decadent foie gras, lobster, and squab dishes. Vegetarians need not worry as eggplant, polenta and other fresh veggies are regularly tossed in pots and pans at La Folie. Valet parking is available, as is private dining.
Michael Mina's eponymous flagship restaurant champions itself on a food philosophy that harmonizes flavors. Striking a balance between Japanese and French cuisines, the menu is a contemporary illustration of gastronomy in the 21st Century. Savor the chef's signature Ahi tuna tartare, pan-roasted ocean trout and Black Angus skirt steak with Japanese whiskey, single malt scotch or wine by the glass. The aesthetic decor maintains an atmosphere of understated elegance, replete with modern design and chic accents. The award-winning Financial District favorite promises a memorable meal, but most of all holds the relationships fostered with its patrons in high regards.
One of San Francisco's culinary heavy hitters, Quince exudes style and warmth. Ornamental Venetian chandeliers adorn elegant rooms and give the place a royal touch. This restaurant is the perfect place to expect prompt and efficient service, if you can manage to get a reservation! The cuisine served at Quince could be described as rustic Italian with a California flair. Menus are prix fixe only.
Owner and Chef Daniel Patterson's culinary masterpieces and the Zen-like atmosphere have made Coi Restaurant a favorite with those who can afford it. Clean, refined interiors in muted colors, simple artwork and subtle background music create a relaxed ambiance. If the dining room gets too crowded, fear not; you can sit in the casual lounge. Diners can opt for a four or ten-course meal of French-Californian fusion cuisine. Try favorites like the suckling pig, carrot soup and the beet carpaccio. Coi is an ideal venue to celebrate a special occasion. Go ahead, indulge!
Atelier Crenn is located in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Chef and owner Dominique Crenn presents rotating menus of dishes that combine classic flavors and molecular gastronomy for a truly unique menu. Diners have the option to choose between the chef's tasting menu or the vegetarian tasting menu (nine courses) or a more economical four course prix fixe menu. In addition to their Michelin-starred cuisine, Atelier Crenn also provides impeccable service for an unforgettable dining experience.
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.