San Francisco

Restaurants in San Francisco

Back in 2003, it took clever maneuvering—partitions, flattering lighting, butter-yellow walls, a Murano-glass chandelier—to make this diminutive former Victorian apothecary look so inviting.

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Dynamo Donut & Coffee serves an array of handmade cake-like donuts at its highly trafficked counter, prominently located on 24th Street, one of the main drags of the Mission District.

The izakaya Nombe—its name translates, roughly, to “drunkard”—serves haute Japanese pub food (grilled shishito peppers with bottarga; grilled skewers of chicken thigh with ume and shiso) accompanied by a great sake list.

The third location in Charles Phan's Out The Door enterprise (the original was a spin-off of his much-loved Slanted Door), OTD Bush Street offers efficiently prepared Vietnamese fusion in lower Pacific Heights.

The more casual portion of chef Traci des Jardins’ eponymous Hayes Valley restaurant is situated to the left as soon as guests walk through the front door. The room features brick walls, a full bar, wood floors, and cushioned, low-slung seating.

In the SoMa District a few blocks from San Francisco Bay, where Brannan Street meets 4th, is a 1906 structure with a façade of wood panels with molding and glass.

Since 1999, James Beard Award winner Gary Danko’s restaurant has been a San Francisco institution. Serving contemporary American cuisine, the Fisherman’s Wharf establishment boasts a 75-seat dining room with light wood shutters, fresh flower arrangements, and white linens.

American food, Cuban cocktails

What could be better than waking up to the startlingly fragrant coffee made from freshly roasted single-origin beans?

Located near Alamo Square inside a simple building with a tile roof, Nopa is a favorite after-work hangout of Bay Area chefs.

Boulevard makes its home in the late 19th-century Audiffred Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. This symmetrical, red-brick structure emulates French commercial buildings of the late 1800’s, with a mosaic bar floor and wrought-iron details enhancing the Belle Èpoque design.