Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.




  • pinitbutton Mothers Day Brunch at San Francisco Restaurants
jason kwon 229x300 Mothers Day Brunch at San Francisco Restaurants

Joshu-Ya Brasserie’s chef-owner Jason Kwon honors moms with a special four-course prix-fixe menu

by Anneli Rufus

Bay Area Restaurants Offer Mimosas, Prime Rib, Sashimi and More

There are a lot of places in the Bay Area to make Mom’s day even more special. Allow GAYOT to be your guide this Mother’s Day.

Chaya Brasserie in San Francisco will offer a three-course chef’s menu with bottomless mimosas and Champagne. Options include smoked trout, rainbow sashimi, buttermilk-fried organic chicken breast, soy-marinated flatiron steak, five-spice duck-confit hash, Japanese cheesecake, coconut-kale sorbet and more.

The lofty-ceilinged, Belle Èpoque-outfitted Grand Cafe in San Francisco’s Hotel Monaco will serve a Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring an omelet station, a seafood station, a pastry station and more.


Continue reading “Mother’s Day Brunch at San Francisco Restaurants” »

  • pinitbutton L.A. Restaurants Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Jamaica Margarita 200x300 L.A. Restaurants Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Margarita at Yxta Cocina Mexicana

by Michael Gately


Eat, Drink and Save Dinero

Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, there’s even more reason than usual to celebrate at one of the LA-area restaurants that are hosting special events and promotions.

Both Border Grill locations are holding Cinco de Mayo celebrations from May 3-5 with beer and tequila specials. Santa Monica will also have a photo booth, while the downtown location is offering beer-wrapped hot dogs and a live DJ. Susan Feniger’s STREET is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Taco Night, featuring homemade tortillas by Border Grill as well as aguas frescas and margaritas. The tacos will include both standard and unique options like carnitas, carne asada, lengua, chicken pibil, beer battered shrimp, smoked octopus, chipotle jackfruit, beer battered okra.

Continue reading “L.A. Restaurants Celebrating Cinco de Mayo” »



  • pinitbutton The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
thomas keller 300x199 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Chef Thomas Keller of Per Se and The French Laundry

Every year, S. Pellegrino announces the world’s top 50 restaurants. In this year’s rankings, which were just released, the water producer included six restaurants in the U.S. Not so coincidentally, all half-dozen of them — Eleven Madison Park (#5), Per Se (#11), Alinea (#15), Le Bernardin (#19), Daniel (#29), and The French Laundry (#47) — have also earned a spot on GAYOT’s list of the top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

For each of these notable restaurants, we offer a profile of their chefs as well as a complete restaurant review. For chef Thomas Keller, who helms two of the six top restaurants above, we have a lengthy profile explaining why he is the Best Restaurateur in the U.S. for 2013 in our Annual Restaurant Issue.

Continue reading “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” »

  • pinitbutton La Mar Cebichería Peruana Expands Its Brunch Menu
empanadas 300x205 La Mar Cebichería Peruana Expands Its Brunch Menu

Empanadas are Peru’s answer to the pasty and the knish

Celebrating Peru’s Rich Culinary Heritage

by Anneli Rufus

Peruvian cuisine is gaining ground in North America, and not a moment too soon. We saw this coming — with pisco cocktails in hand — and aquí está. It is truly vivid fare — and one of its prime purveyors is La Mar Cebichería Peruana. The San Francisco restaurant has expanded its brunch menu this month, debuting a range of new entrées that merge cutting-edge creativity with a rich, diverse culinary heritage.

Peruvian food has ancient roots, augmented by indigenous traditions, European cuisine — French-style bakeries are ubiquitous in Lima — and local produce such as plantains, Lima beans, huge-kerneled corn and local peppers including the earthy yellow aji amarillo, assertive red rocoto and fruity orange aji panca. Sauces made from these peppers and from the leafy green huacatay herb are more popular in Peru than ketchup and mustard.

Continue reading “La Mar Cebichería Peruana Expands Its Brunch Menu” »

  • pinitbutton Tequila Pairing at Tortilla Republic
battered avocado 300x255 Tequila Pairing at Tortilla Republic

Tequila-battered avocado with pomegranate vinaigrette

by Barnaby Hughes

I’ve had the pleasure of attending many wine pairing dinners, but recently was invited to my first Tequila pairing at Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood. Taking place on the third Wednesday of each month in a private dining room, the four-course dinners pair Mexican tapas with a line of Tequilas from a single distillery. I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural dinner featuring Milagro Tequila. Executive chef Brendan Warren came out of the kitchen to introduce each of the evening’s dishes, which were paired with three of Milagro’s Tequilas. Reposado was served with Tequila-battered avocado, Silver with camarones and chorizo, Reposado with albondigas over herbed rice and Añejo with sorbet and fresh fruit. A glass of the restaurant’s sangrita, a non-alcohol mix of juices and spices, was provided as a palate cleanser between courses.

Continue reading “Tequila Pairing at Tortilla Republic” »

  • pinitbutton New Brunch Buffet at Wilshire Restaurant
P1420322 1 300x200 New Brunch Buffet at Wilshire Restaurant

Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica has a new Sunday brunch buffet with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Enjoy Farmers Market-Inspired Fare on a Primo Patio

With the weather starting to warm up in Southern California, we’re looking forward to leisurely weekend brunches outdoors. Wilshire Restaurant scores highly in the patio department with its split-level al fresco space shaded by trees and sail-like canvases, and this Santa Monica spot has added to its appeal by launching a Sunday brunch buffet complete with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Executive chef Nyesha Arrington, who was a fierce competitor on season 9 of “Top Chef,” takes inspiration from the nearby farmers market to put a spin on classic brunch dishes, such as her crab cake Benedict with tomato hollandaise sauce. The bountiful spread also features fresh fruits, cheeses, charcuterie, shrimp, smoked salmon, brioche french toast and salads like arugula with burrata, roasted red pepper and aged balsamic. In addition, there’s a customizable omelet station and a dessert buffet with mini cupcakes and over-sized cookies.

Continue reading “New Brunch Buffet at Wilshire Restaurant” »

  • pinitbutton 2013 Best Restaurants in America

by Sophie Gayot


If chef Joël Robuchon’s restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is the best restaurant in the world, there are thirty nine others that made the GAYOT 2013 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. in the Annual Restaurant Issue.


Discover the restaurant with the exclusive video above with executive chef Claude Le Tohic; and finish the culinary tour de force with pastry chef Kamel Guechida.

Continue reading “ 2013 Best Restaurants in America” »



  • pinitbutton A La Mode Restaurants in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot

Want to know the hottest restaurants around? For the first time ever, we have published a list of the Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S. as part of’s Annual Restaurant Issue. Some of them are old classics, while others opened recently, but you can be sure that they are very busy, and that it can be difficult to get a table.

Continue reading “A La Mode Restaurants in the U.S.” »

  • pinitbutton The Northern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue
sophie gayot joel ridell 281x300 The Northern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue

Radio Host Joel Riddell at the Spring Mountain Vineyard with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

After discussing the Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue with chef Jamie Gwen on her radio show, I got to do the same with Joel Riddell for the northern part of the Golden State.

I was lucky to meet the energetic Riddell during the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition in Napa Valley where I was a judge. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riddell, who is based in San Francisco, discusses his culinary, wine and travel findings on Talk 910 AM KKSF during his show Dining Around.

After we spoke about and what I like to eat, Riddell got our insights on the Northern California restaurants that won a place in the GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue. They include restaurants from chef Thomas Keller, the recipient of the title “Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

Continue reading “The Northern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue” »

  • pinitbutton E&O Asian Kitchen Travels the Spice Route
black pepper pork belly 300x178 E&O Asian Kitchen Travels the Spice Route

Black pepper and caramel-braised pork belly

by Anneli Rufus

San Francisco’s newly remodeled E&O Asian Kitchen recently offered a preview of its new Spice Route program — in which, every month until September, the high-ceilinged Union Square restaurant will add to its regular pan-Asian menu one savory dish, one sweet dish and one handcrafted cocktail based on a particular spice traditionally associated with the ancient Asian Spice Route. The special dish and drink will be available only during its designated month.

March’s spice was cinnamon; April’s is black pepper; May’s is turmeric; June’s is cardamom; July’s is ginger; August’s is star anise.

Continue reading “E&O Asian Kitchen Travels the “Spice Route”” »

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »
Page 5 of 40« First...34567...Last »