San Francisco restaurants
Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by
When visiting SF one can eat cheaply from ethnic spots. However, if one wants to dine and experience some of the finest SF has to offer be prepared to spend $$$, but that is the case in any major US or Canadian city.
SF is the home to many fine restaurants. Some of the best include:
Executive Chef Gregory Short develops dishes that combine solid French techniques with a Californian reverence for originality and seasonality. With the tremendous breadth and variety of fresh and incomparable ingredients in the United States, Gregory Short insists on only the best products from sources across the country.
His menu may list sturgeon from Oregon, apple-fed pork from the Berkshires, milk-fed capons and poulardes from Pennsylvania, and handpicked artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. Guests may choose between three tasting menus priced at $90 for our six course vegetarian, $100 for our six course, or $150 for our Chef`s nine course menu. Coffee and dessert are included.
The wine list is amazing!
Gary Danko is another great SF spot:
Tasting Menu is $98, wine pairing $65
His cuisine is fabulous!
A fun spot is the famous Hog Island Oyster Bar located at the Ferry Bldg where the awesome European style Farmer`s Market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Inside are many permanent shops and restaurants.
I love . Michael Pham began this family business in a small spot in the Mission back Slanted Door also located at the Ferry Bldg. A beautiful view of the Bay and an inspiring airy glass interior is the perfect setting for The Slanted Door which is a modern Vietnamese restaurant that showcases the abundance of produce as well as ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sharing is encouraged! They have a Pris fix menu if you want to try several items. Their wine list is excellent and is focused on Austrian wines, NOT local Californian wines. Solomon Vineyards is a great choice for the Asian food.
Special note at lunch-if no reservations they reserve spots for 50 walk-ins. Get in line early by 10:30 AM. We do this and take turns standing in line while the other roams about the market.
I really like the seafood (all wild and VERY fresh) and non- touristy atmosphere at The Waterfront restaurant. It is owned and run by Al Falchi (cousin of famous designer Carlos Falchi). We`re never disappointed by the food and service.
Oh at least have a drink at Farralon and experience the under-water fantasy world! Excellent coastal-cuisine.
There are so many great SF restaurants including Aqua, Bar Crudo, Zuni Cafe, and lesser known spots like Fringale, LuLu`s, and so on. For a noisy Tapas spot The Thirsty Bear can be a nice break. It is near Moscone.
If they venture to the Napa Valley I highly recommend Bistro Jeanty. This is our favourite spot up there, fun country French style and very affordable food. Chef Philippe Jeanty came to the Napa Valley from France at age 19. I will never forget in 1977 eating my first meal prepared by this amazing young chef at Chandon Restaurant in Yountville. In a year`s time he was made executive chef. This allowed Jeanty to develop his personal style of world class cuisine. About 10+ years ago Jeanty opened opened his own restaurant Bistro Jeanty in Yountville.
He also opened Jeanty at Jack`s in SF. We haven`t eaten there yet, but I know it must be amazing. The menu looks wonderful and affordable.
When we travel we always do spend some $$$ on great meals as we are serious foodies. We figure half of enjoying any city is savouring the local cuisine. Yes one might grab something like a plate of Thai noodles like Pad Kee Mao for lunch, but we always want to "taste" the city, or the country where we are traveling at least once a day.
Chinatown in SF offers "cheap-eats" of varying qualities and tastes. If your friends are going to be in SF on the weekend-dim sum at Meriwa at 728 Pacific Ave in Chinatown (cross-street to Grant) on the second floor is quite a Hong Kong style experience. While a bit fancier and trendy would be dim sum at Yang Sing
Sunday Brunch can be quite an awesome San Francisco experience. There are numerous spots, but for a breath taking step back in time nothing beats the Sunday Buffet Brunch at the historic Palace Hotel Garden Court. (2 New Montgomery St.@ Market St.)
My brother-in-law was married in this garden court.
Oh a great place for a drink that is so old San Francisco would be on Union Square at the Rose Bar at the St Francis, or Top of the Mark, or the Carnelian Room Bar for a gorgeous view.
They also have a great Sunday Brunch.
If your friends like sushi/sashimi this is very popular here with so many types of fresh seafood available.
I could go on and on recommending so many places. My office was in the city for many years and I live 25 miles east of the city. San Francisco never ceases to be a delight!
Hope this short list is of help.