People watch and indulge in the fabulous dining at this San Francisco favorite. Known equally well for its affluent clientele and its oven-roasted chicken, this hot spot is worth the wait. Dinner entrees are nominally priced, though specials will cost you a bit more. If you are not enamored with the dinner scene, try visiting late mornings or early afternoons when you can sip on a latte (or scarf a Gorgonzola-topped burger) and watch the fog lift.
While the mythical and much-hyped liqueur after which this establishment is named is not served here, many equally potent concoctions are. Specialty drinks, such as the Perfect Pear and the Ginger Rogers, seem to contain pure alcohol, and even a standard margarita packs an unbelievable wallop. If you're looking for something to help mitigate the effects of a strong drink, then ditch the regular bar peanuts for Absinthe's bar snacks. This bar offers bread with a smooth fig spread, croque monsieur and more. The menu changes daily, but any antipasto platter of cured meats is sure to please, as will the particularly rich duck confit. You can enjoy your meal in the main room or at a cafe-style table on the sidewalk, but if you're looking for a quieter spot, book a table in the private dining room.
Located in the heart of the chic Rockridge area, Wood Tavern is arguably one of Oakland's favorite restaurants. Saying that they have pretty good dishes is a vast understatement. The menu changes frequently but might include dishes like seared duck breast, steaks and freshly made pastas. While the restaurant tends to crowd up, especially during peak hours, an airy breeze (when weather permits) and a friendly staff help to cultivate a casual atmosphere. Equipped with a full cocktail menu and over 70 wines, you can even stop in just for an after-work drink and leave satisfied.
A world renowned name in the culinary industry, Chez Panisse is known for their innovations in tastes and flavors.Started by Alice Walkers in 1971, it was named after the movie character Honore Panisse. Prepared with fresh, local produce, the restaurant is a spectacular specimen of fine dining. The menu changes daily and is curated keeping the seasonality of ingredients. Through the week, delicacies like Striped bass carpaccio with cardoons and Titone olio nuovo and Huckleberry and Meyer lemon ice creams meringata are served, to name a few. The wine list is extensive, featuring dozens of wines from across the world. With contributions like California style pizza to the ever changing culinary world, the Chez Panisse is no less than a legend.
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.
California wines are the focus at Press Club, located at the foot of the Four Seasons Hotel. Each month features two new wineries, and on Thursday nights guests can try wines directly from the vintner. There is also an extensive menu of small plate dishes aimed at complimenting the featured wines. Press Club is the perfect place to get a drink after work or plan a day around a wine-tasting experience.
With over 30 years of combined high-end restaurant experience in San Francisco and New York, wine director, Maz Naba and chefs, Sarah and Evan Rich, have created the newest buzz-worthy restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rich Table is located in the chic neighborhood of Hayes Valley and offers fine dining cuisine in a casual setting. The menu at this charming eatery changes daily, with a focus on balancing rich and exciting flavors in carefully conceived dishes that are simple in presentation. Reservations are advised as this up and coming restaurant is a foodies must visit.
Project Juice is an establishment dedicated to serving you the best quality juices and smoothies. Cold pressed juices, wellness juice packs, custom juice packs and milk packs are all made of organic certified ingredients. Come to a delightful place for a refreshing drink which is tasty and healthy. They also offer shipping and delivery services.
A brainchild of chef Kim Alter, Nightbird is a celebrated culinary spot of the city. Delighting gourmands since 2016, this place is a personification of class and sophistication. Decked in wooden undertones, the interior is rustic yet chic with yellow lights casting a warm glow over the surroundings. The ambiance sets a perfect mood for their five-course menu which features creatively done dishes that are plated with utmost thoughtfulness and taste just as good as they look. Well-crafted cocktails take your dining bliss to a yet another high thus ensuring that discerning patrons look forward to their regularly changing menu.
An elegant Parisian bistro meets a casual San Franciscan eatery at this Hayes Valley establishment. Located on Gogh Street, Monsieur Benjamin is a handsome affair with contemporary dark-wood furniture and butcher-paper-topped tables illuminated by suspended light bulbs. Once you're done taking in the simplistic glory that the bistro glows with, order up a pommes gaufrette, then proceed to something like the duck confit or go for the Mediterranean seabass, if you're a fan of seafood. You should pair these gorgeously plated preparations with something from their well-considered wine list. And, finish the meal with one of their divine desserts, perhaps the Palmier ice cream or gateau marjolaine - you'd be soon coming back for more!