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Chaya Brasserie

Restaurants & cafés

A southern California transplant (where it was once a be-seen destination among celebs), this large and bustling restaurant offers an extensive menu of...

132 the Embarcadero

Chez Panisse

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This is where chef/owner Alice Waters created California cuisine more than 35 years ago. Her modest, wood-framed restaurant still reigns supreme, serving...

1517 Shattuck Avenue
Major venue

Chow

Restaurants & cafés

Chow furthers its reputation by serving hugely popular, well-priced, straight-ahead American fare. The menu ranges widely from roast chicken and burgers to...

215 Church Street

Cliff House

Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

After a fire in 1894, a magnificent, eight-storey Victorian turreted palace replaced the original 1860s house on this site. However, only a year after...

1090 Point Lobos Avenue

Coco 500

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This SoMa restaurant is a reinvention of sorts for its popular proprietor, Loretta Keller, whose penchant for Parisian hospitality has given way to a small...

500 Brannan Street

Colibrí Mexican Bistro

Restaurants & cafés

In the heart of Theatre District, this unpretentious tucked-away restaurant serves delicious and atypical Mexican fare. Dishes are presented tapas-style,...

438 Geary Street

Cortez Restaurant & Bar

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This stylish restaurant seems an anomaly on an unseemly stretch of Geary Street. The room is modern and energetic, filled with well-dressed patrons eager to...

550 Geary Street

Delfina

Restaurants & cafés

Chef/owner Craig Stoll favours simplicity over whimsy, and tradition over fashion. Yet his food is never ordinary: fresh pasta, fish and braised meats all...

3621 18th Street

Destino

Restaurants & cafés

This casual, fun restaurant serves specialities from Central and South America in a lively neighbourhood setting. The theme is small plates meant for...

1815 Market Street

Dining Room

Restaurants & cafés

The Dining Room has a global reputation and a waitstaff-to-diner ratio of almost 1:1. It's opulent without being over the top, although it can feel a little...

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street

Ebisu

Restaurants & cafés

Many locals agree that this is the best sushi in town - and so there's often a wait for a table. Put your name on the list and get a drink at the bar with a...

1283 9th Avenue

Ella's

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

This stylish, neighbourly corner restaurant is famed for its weekend brunch. The wait can be long, but it's worth it. Favourites include the chicken hash...

500 Presidio Avenue

Eos Restaurant

Restaurants & cafés

The best of East-West fusion, served in a comfortably spare, highly designed restaurant. Classically trained chef/owner Arnold Eric Wong produces dishes...

901 Cole Street

EPIC Roasthouse

Restaurants & cafés

San Francisco is a city of appetites - for life, for politics, and above all for food. And perhaps no other person has had more influence on shaping those...

369 The Embarcadero

EspetuS

Restaurants & cafés

An impressive, authentic take on the increasingly popular churrascaría, this is San Francisco's first Brazilian-style steakhouse. It's a meat-lover's...

1686 Market Street