The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.
State Bird Provisions – Fillmore District
Their California take on dim sum offers casual, seasonal variety, with small plates wheeled between the tables.
Restaurant tip: Book a reservation far in advance or be prepared to wait for a space at the “chef’s counter.”
The Cavalier – Union Square
A high-end British brasserie from the folks who brought Marlowe and Park Tavern to San Francisco.
Recommended dish: Berkshire pork loin.
Twenty Five Lusk – SoMa
This strikingly designed restaurant has quickly endeared itself to San Francisco’s style-savvy crowds.
Recommended dish: Steelhead trout.
Verbena – Russian Hill
Sean Baker’s flair for produce at this Russian Hill hotspot might just convert even the most fiercely vegetable-averse.
Recommended dish: Sprouted-seed bread with chèvre.
Waterbar – Embarcadero
Gorgeous views, bold flavors and a whimsical interior have made Waterbar a seafood-lover’s dream.
Recommended dish: Seared halibut with black chai and cashew couscous.
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