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.
This fine dining restaurant takes pride in structuring their menu around seasonal and locally grown and produced ingredients. An eight course prix fixe menu features seasonal contemporary dishes that change frequently. Wine pairings are also available as well as their good selection of wines by the bottle or by the glass. This modern, contemporary space and dining experience should not be missed for lovers of exquisitely prepared food.
This Inner Sunset neighborhood co-op, affiliated with Berkeley's Cheese Board, just may ruin you for any other bakery. They bake a wide range of breads, with a whole list of specials every day. They turn out specialty scones and muffins all baked with tender loving care. Kids love the crispy and cheesy bread sticks. If it's more than just a snack you're looking for, join the throngs filing in from the far reaches of the city for a slice or four of Arizmendi's famous pizza. They top each one with a different combination of the freshest of locally raised veggies and the creamiest of specialty cheeses every day. Have a good meal!
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 experience. 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.
Frances is located in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood. This restaurant with its modern and intimate dining room has received much praise and prizes as well as having been considered one of the prize reservations in the city since it opened in 2010. The daily rotating menu features delicious New American cuisine, and although it changes every day, expect flawless dishes like bacon beignets, duck confit salad and caramelized Atlantic scallops. The impressive wine list also features a pay-by-the-ounce option for its house wines of red, white or rose varieties.
Cala brings a breezy Mexico taqueria to the neighborhood of Hayes Valley, with its upscale rustic-chic interiors, tall French windows and skylights. The menu curated by Chef Gabriela Camara focuses on seafood with Mexican highlights. With the menu offering changing constantly, no two visits will be the same - in the past, Cala has served delicacies such as Chilaquiles and Sopes Playeros Con Pescado, served with fish, black beans and ricotta salad. Sample some Mexican wines or native mezcals and tonics for effect.
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.
Sylvan Mishima Brackett, the head chef and owner of Izakaya Rintaro, is already well-known in the area for Peko Peko, a company that offers Japanese catering service. The restaurant interiors are a blend of those at casual and fine dining restaurants and the dishes too are priced reasonably. The food is served in tapas-style portions with attractive garnishes and the focus is on Yakitori, a grilled chicken dish served on skewers. Try items like Santa Barbara Uni Donburi, Berkshire Pork Gyoza and Ginger Chiffon Cake, followed by Japanese alcoholic beverages like Soju and Sake. The seasonal menu ensures that no two visits to this restaurant are the same.
Relish the taste of authentic Japanese sushi and sake at Hinata in Fillmore district of San Francisco. The ambiance is very class and sophisticated with the traditional Japanese Omakase menu and the more exclusive Grand Omakase menu. Each course is enriched with the classic sake that highlights the flavor of the sushi and wasabi. Apart from sushi, the restaurant also offers sashimi, teriyaki, gyoza and shochu. If sake is not your preferred poison, there is also a full wine bar serving the choicest selection of the best wines.
Birdsong on Mission Street is where age-old cooking methods meet contemporary culinary concepts. The brainchild of Chef Christopher Bliedorn, the restaurant menu features meals that wonderfully synergize local ingredients and distinct flavors. In the past, the tasting menu has included such specialties as the Creek Raise Trout, Sonoma Grilled Lamb, and the Guinea Hen Yakitori. If you wish to treat yourself to a wholesome feast, opt for the comprehensive 5-course meal instead. The restaurant's modern-rustic interiors are one of its main talking points and are designed keeping in mind the principles of renowned botanist Michael Frame.
Onsen on Eddy Street is a spa center with a restaurant. Inspired by the Japanese, the facility has relaxing communal baths, sauna and steam rooms, along with rejuvenating acupuncture and massage treatments. After relaxing the body, indulge in some healthy seasonal fare at the small restaurant within the facility. Serving a variety of teas along with delicious snacks, you can visit the eatery even without spa appointment. Making prior reservations for the spa and restaurant are highly recommended before visiting.