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Come to this trendy spot for tapas that are meant to be shared. The menu caters to the adventurous connoisseur. Picaro serves both traditional and less run-of-the-mill tapas; some of the more exotic tapas include sauteed blood sausage. Vegetarian tapas include spicy potatoes with sauteed garlic and guindilla mushrooms. The seafood tapas, like the garlic shrimp, are quite flavorful and come highly recommended. Paella with saffron is another house specialty and is served in different combinations of seafood, pork, poultry, and vegetables. Further, the extensive wine list features many affordable bottles of Spanish wine.
Ron Silberstein shed his legal skin to turn his home-brewing passion into a successful business. The ThirstyBear is the only brewery of its kind in the city and prides itself on an array of organic ales, artisan beers, creative cocktails and the Spanish classic, sangria. Silberstein's Spanish influence extends onto the evolving menu of traditional paella and contemporary tapas renditions like grilled house-made butifarra sausage, oven-roasted stuffed peppers, gambas al ajillo, and herb-lamb skewers, made from ingredients sourced from local Californian producers. From the outside, this brew-pub has the look and size of a warehouse. The interior, replicates that vibe with exposed beams and tasteful art that form a intriguing backdrop to lively conversation.
A local neighborhood hangout, Esperpento is renowned for its authentic Spanish cuisine and great service. On weekends it sometimes hosts performances by some of San Francisco's favorite mariachi bands. Menu items include fried squid, blood sausage, and, of course, paella. A crowd gathers on weekends for brunch, so early arrival is advised. Esperpento is the perfect place to spend a quality time and enjoy lip smacking tapas with your family.
Zarzuela has been a San Franciscan favorite since opening in 1994 and the quaint little gem perennially buzzes with patrons from the likes of locals to Spanish expats in the city. The food here is wonderful, lovingly prepared Spanish cuisine, served in the warm intimacy of a neighborhood tradition. Try the Tortilla Espana, a Spanish potato omelet, empanadas, or the chef's signature Paella. An extensive list of Mediterranean wines complements your meal perfectly. Select a table amidst rustic indoors or one on the patio that truly transports you to Barcelona.
For a change of pace, come to this pleasant, cheery eatery. Take your pick of two dozen tapas platters, or go for a huge plate of paella. Wash it all down with cold sangria poured from stone jugs. Tapas selections are the perfect solution for diners who cannot make decisions. Some people opt for the paella, a filling meal. Any way you eat it, you cannot go wrong.
With a playful ambiance and a menu full of authentic Spanish food, Coqueta--"flirtation" or "infatuation" in Spanish--is a delight for those seeking a Spanish dining experience. The restaurant offers hot and cold tapas as well as larger, family-style dishes. It also features a full bar with a wide variety of beers, hard ciders and, of course, sangrias to choose from. Be sure not to miss the unique cocktails, such as the Spanish Golden Ale, made of ransom old tom gin, fever tree Mediterranean tonic, amontillado sherry, chocolate bitters, gold and lemon espuma, and the Presidio, made of SF China Beach vodka, yuzu puree, almond, fig, farm egg and peychaud's bitters. The restaurant is often busy, so give yourself plenty of time to dine and enjoy the Coqueta experience. With tasteful wooden flooring, velvety drapes and large windows letting in some natural light, the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening.