San Francisco

Restaurants in San Francisco

Located on Belden Place, a small alleyway lined with European-style cafés, this seafood bistro is renowned for its fresh oysters and mussels.

The SoMa district is home to Heaven's Dog, whose name symbolizes great success in China. The restaurant specializes in Chinese cooking and pre-Prohibition cocktails, while the upscale cocktail lounge centers around a 30-foot cypress tree-trunk bar and serves a small plates menu.

Housed in a 1903 military barrack, the Presidio Social Club restaurant combines original furnishings, such as stainless-steel medicine cabinets now used as liquor storage, with contemporary design elements.

San Francisco’s Café Gratitude was founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart after Terces read a book about live foods (foods that have not been exposed to temperatures above 105°F.

Yoshi's combines an intimate jazz club with an immense Japanese restaurant: Pat Metheny meets bluefin toro roulade.

An obsessive focus on provenance marks Haight-Ashbury's "green Mexican" restaurant. Tortillas aren't just house-made: The organic masa they're crafted from is house-ground, too.

Coi

Coi's chef (and F&W Best New Chef 1997) Daniel Patterson combines his passions for local ingredients and avant-garde experimentation. With these seemingly opposite directions, Patterson is part mad scientist, part home cook.

In the SoMa District near the James Lick Skyway, Zuppa serves Italian cuisine by chef-owner Joseph Manzare, who has worked in Italy and with Wolfgang Puck.

The high wooden gates at Chez Spencer in SoMa give way to a garden full of herbs, flowers, and olive trees and a heated courtyard filled with fairy lights.

The Burger: Burger Joint is a retro, ‘50s-style indie chain with five locations in the Bay Area.

This Burmese/Chinese hole-in-the-wall inspires such cultish devotion that regulars—including both value-conscious college students and ethnic-food connoisseurs—have been known to wait two hours for a table.

With its name on the flap of a maize-yellow awning and planters and small tables in front of its plate-glass windows, Zuni Café on Market Street in the Hayes Valley area serves French and Italian fare crafted with sustainable, seasonal, and organic ingredients.

Founded by Mark Pastore and his wife, Nonna, after an inspiring trip to Florence, Incanto serves handcrafted Italian cuisine in San Francisco's Noe Valley. Pieces of colorful artwork, including enlarged photographs of plants, stand out amidst the textured walls, wood tables, and white arches.

Chef Traci Des Jardins honed her culinary talents most notably under the direction of Joachim Splichal in Los Angeles before moving forward on her own endeavor in Hayes Valley.