The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.
Comal – Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley’s be-there-or-be-square hotspot puts a savvy spin on regional Mexican dishes both classic and obscure.
Recommended dish: Duck-and-mole enchiladas.
Contigo – Noe Valley
Linger over cava and small plates inspired by Barcelona and made California-cool by the inclusion of local ingredients.
Recommended dish: Pork belly bocadillo with harissa aïoli.
Coqueta – Embarcadero
Daring, dramatic Spanish-inspired dishes prepared by a celebrity chef within a stone’s throw of San Francisco Bay.
Restaurant tip: Ask for a seat by the window so you can enjoy views of the bay.
Cotogna – Jackson Square
A lively urban trattoria, operated by the same team behind high-end sibling Quince.
Restaurant tip: Enjoy a glass of wine with the very cool fixed-price wine program.
EPIC Roasthouse – Embarcadero
Big views, charm and New American cuisine call the elite to this show-stopper on the Embarcadero.
Restaurant tip: Sit by the window for a view of Oldenburg’s “Cupid’s Span” and the iconic Bay Bridge.