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.
Fenton's has been an Oakland institution for over 100 years, serving up homemade ice cream and deluxe toppings, along with all your classic American diner favorites. You can always get a juicy burger with fries, or cranberry turkey sandwich, but the real draw are the sweets. Fenton's serves up everything from your basic flavored ice cream cone to a super-deluxe sundae or an incredible milkshake. Besides high quality ice cream, the toppings are a huge favorite here, especially the marshmallow sauce.
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.
Welcome to a cafe that is synonymous with Berkeley itself. Located directly across the street from the University, and open late, this is the perfect place to study, relax, rev up or just congregate. There is a large front patio outside, making this the perfect spot for sipping delicious coffee drinks al fresco. There is no telling how many famous novels, poems and quantum mechanic theories have been formulated, hammered out and perfected right here. Find a strong and inexpensive assortment of coffee and espresso drinks. There are pastries, including muffins, scones, croissants and the ubiquitous macaroons.
Rustic and romantic, Freehouse is a haunt for the beer lover in you. The interior of this beer garden is made to look like a cozy living room; it is furnished with intimate seating spaces and the fireplace keeps patrons warm on colder evenings. Yellow lights and timber-clad walls give this place an old-school look. The outdoor seating in the spacious courtyard lets larger groups dine under the bright California sun. At Freehouse, the menu is ever changing but classics like Beer Poached Mussels, the house salad and Chicken Pot Pie never go out of style. Limited but potent cocktails are on offer along with beers sourced from eminent breweries.
Since 1896, this place has been supplying the best of the Italian kitchen to San Francisco. The tiny storefront is a charming delicatessen in North Beach always jammed with tourists as well as locals in search of something from the 'Old Country'. The shelves are filled with authentic Italian comestibles such as olive oil, mozzarella made in the style of Campania and enough sardines to feed a small army. The deli counter staff is filled with a garrulous group of guys that create huge sandwiches made-to-order. Make sure to check out one of their most popular, the Renzo Special, this behemoth made with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto can easily feed two. One other tip: Don't forget to take a number!
Set along Hayes Street in San Francisco, Doppio Zero is a cozy Italian restaurant. They are known for their homestyle Italian pizzas. Their specially-curated menu even includes handmade pastas and other dishes like ribs, croquettes, burrata and a lot more. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are served here as well at this restaurant. They also offer a fantastic selection of beers, wines and cocktails. This friendly restaurant has several other branches that are located in the state of California.
Casual, bright and cheerful, Papito West is a nice little Mexican eatery serving a selection of delicious Mexican fare, open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is not you're usual fast-food spot, rather it takes pride on the freshness and quality of its ingredients and even features a raw bar where you can enjoy fresh cevice, crudo and oysters. With a great selection of mouth-watering gourmet burritos, try out combinations like the duck confit burrito, papa con chorizo prepared with homemade Mexican chorizo and vegetariano with crispy tofu and wild mushrooms. The interesting wall mural adds a unique touch of character to the space. The restaurant is a popular lunch spot, with office goers crowding it for their mid-day dose of Mexican fare.
Mercury Cafe is a bright and cheerful place that offers diners a place to sit and relax with one of their individually brewed cups of coffee. The cafe prides itself for sourcing most of it's ingredients from local producers. Their coffee is purchased from the city's own De La Paz micro roaster which supplies fresh, roasted coffee on a weekly basis. The cafe also offers a selection of house-made soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked treats that are prepared in small batches. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible, and every cup is served with a genuine smile. A selection of whole beans, blends and single-origin coffees are available for purchase in case you would like to enjoy the cafe's delicious coffee in the comfort of your home.
Have you ever been to a place where the food tastes as good as it is presented ?, then fear not cause 160 Bar and Kitchen is a place where you need to head. The dinner menu consists of dishes like Mulligatawny Soup, Crispy Okra and Lamb with pork meatballs. Complement your meals with beverages like beer and wine. Taste their traditional dessert options like curd and treacle with banana or Ceylon Tea semifreddo with almond streusel. Guests are usually dazzled by the artistic presentation of the dishes.
A Mano refers to 'By Hand' in Italian and true to its name, this restaurant specializes particularly in handcrafted Italian cuisine. Owned by the restaurateur Adriano Paganini, A Mano offers delectable delicacies at affordable prices. The interiors are modern and stylish and the space is always buzzing with locals and pasta lovers wanting to savor a bite. The Paccheri and Spaghettini pasta are rich with a creamy texture and melt in your mouth on the first bite. Even though the core concept focuses on the preparation of pasta, their pizzas and salads are equally delicious. They also serve Italian, flavorful cocktails that complement the food well.