Best San Francisco, CA Restaurants

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    10. Bar Tartine

    If you view dinner as an adventure, head to Bar Tartine. Taking a no holds barred approach to cooking, co-chefs Cortney and Nick mix and match as many styles and ingredients the world's cupboard has to offer. Just...

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    9. Alembic Bar

    Although the locally-loved Red Vic movie theatre is gone, locals and tourists alike have begun gathering next door at the Alembic. A small, intimate space that doesn't take reservations, the Alembic invites you to...

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    8. Delfina

    Simplicity and authenticity reign at this small, popular restaurant. Zinc tabletops and exotic hardwoods bear this out, as does the incomparable Italian fare with its top-notch local and organic ingredients....

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    7. Zuni Café

    This much-loved mainstay has evolved into one of San Fran's favorite restaurants. The warmth, attention to detail and falt-out excellence can be attributed to the passion of its founder, Billy West, who opened Zuni...

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    6. nopa

    Nopa defies categorization as either old or new because it has some of both. Although it's only been around since 2006, chef Laurence Jossel worked at several traditional and popular restaurants before Nopa and...

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    5. La Folie

    Patrons can't find enough good things to say about La Folie, the small family-run restaurant that mixes sure-handed French cuisine with a refreshing lack of pretense. In the intimate dining room, lush drapery,...

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    4. Restaurant Gary Danko

    If you ask a longtime San Franciscan what's the one restaurant a tourist shouln't miss, chances are they'd say Gary Danko's. Hard to knock this longtime favorite off any list. Sleek and contemporary yet warm and...

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    3. Saha

    What do you get when you mix Yemenese, French and California cuisines? An unexpected and unforgettable dining experience for the adventurous traveler. Owned and run by husband and wife team Mohamed and Marmee...

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    2. Slanted Door

    High ceilings and awesome Bay views establish a unique atmosphere at this well-received waterfront venue. Style and spectacle are grounded, though, by Slanted Door's authentic country Vietnamese dishes, which get a...

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About San Francisco, CA Restaurants

A great destination for foodies, San Francisco lies at the heart of the California cuisine movement. This trend fuses disparate culinary traditions, including those of Europe and Asia, and incorporates high-quality regional ingredients in a truly local cuisine. Fresh produce and seafood figure prominently, and healthful preparations are standard. A pioneer of the genre, Alice Waters, operates Chez Panisse in Berkeley, one of the top restaurants of its kind in the nation. Today, many variations of California cuisine exist, and many exhibit French tendencies. San Francisco’s best establishments take the impulse and run with it, delighting in organic goods and authentic flavors. Characteristic of these well-received places are Boulevard, whose Art Nouveau interior is as mesmerizing as its fine fare, and Aqua, where seafood is elevated to new heights amid soothing hues and spectacular floral arrangements. Greens Restaurant takes the California premise to a logical vegetarian conclusion, pairing incomparable views with fabulous dishes so inventive that meat is never missed. Fortunately, San Francisco restaurateurs have also capitalized on the city’s beauty, as seen in Slanted Door’s marvelous Bay vista – a wonderful complement to the restaurant’s incredible Vietnamese cuisine. Terrific food can be found, too, in places as unassuming as Mama’s on Washington Square, a North Beach mainstay known for scrumptious morning meals and convivial weekend lineups.

About Kelly Sigmon

Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.

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