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Mason Pacific | Nob Hill

Mason Pacific restaurant in Nob Hill


The Best San Francisco Restaurants to Eat at Right Now


Every summer, San Francisco comes alive with culinary possibilities, both new and old. There are the neighborhood standbys, of course, but the refreshing summer season tends to call for something a bit more exciting. So dive into Eastern European fare deep in the Mission, carouse over bay views and New Orleans-themed plates from a Slanted Door alum, then make your way to Berkeley for some of the city’s best regional Mexican fare. Summer is here. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants in San Francisco to eat at, right now.

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The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco


No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco


Enjoying a convenient SoMa location just blocks from Union Square, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a retreat for both business and leisure travelers. Guests enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac, then check in with the personable staff at the fifth-floor lobby, granting them access to all the hotel’s impressive features, such as the luxurious accommodations, 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space located on the floor just below and 127,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and wellness on the second and third floors. The 277 guest rooms and suites provide guests with creature comforts such as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, twice daily housekeeping, an iHome alarm clock, multi-line phone with voicemail, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include a 75-foot junior Olympic pool, a 24-hour business center, a private art collection of 90+ works and MKT Restaurant – Bar. The menu features a local, California-inspired cuisine of steaks and small plates, as well as artisanal cocktails, craft beers and California wines.

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Kohler chocolates

Kohler chocolates at the Fancy Food Show (Credit: Kristan Lawson)

 

Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods

The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.


One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.

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The Di Ruocco family celebrates Mr. Espresso's 35th anniversary. Image courtesy of Mr. Espresso.

 

by Anneli Rufus

 

Mr. Espresso, the family-owned-and-operated roastery that supplies coffee, beans and espresso machines to some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best and most star-studded restaurants, just celebrated its 35th anniversary with a party at its Oakland headquarters.

 

Having grown up in Salerno, Italy, during and immediately after World War II, Carlo DiRuocco immigrated with his French wife Marie Françoise and two eldest children to Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. Having worked during his youth at an Italian coffee roastery and having loved espresso all his life, Di Ruocco was startled at the scarcity of well-made espresso near his new home. How could the eminently diverse Bay Area, already food-savvy in the late 1970s, have so few places in which to enjoy a cup of this classic high-octane treat?

 

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Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark

Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark


by Anneli Rufus


What could possibly be more inviting on a chilly day in the big city than a pot of hot tea flanking a multi-tiered tray fully stocked with French pastries and finger sandwiches, perfectly appointed with such dainty details as herb sprigs, raspberry halves and striped chocolate curls? The answer to that one is easy: all of the above, plus scones, Champagne and one of the most spectacular vistas anywhere in the known world.


Keeping up a nearly century-long tradition beloved by many generations of San Franciscans, the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel has just announced a series of lavish holiday celebrations at its world-famous rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the Mark
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Sep

Spanish Bramble cocktail at Range Restaurant

Spanish Bramble cocktail at Range

 

by Anneli Rufus


Getting into the appetite-stimulating spirit, San Francisco’s Range has launched a new “Aperitif Hour.” This innovative program includes a special menu of aperitif cocktails and exclusive sherries, amaros and vermouths along with bar snacks designed to pair perfectly with aperitifs — all served daily at the sleek, popular Mission District restaurant between 5 and 6 p.m.

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Attendees of the Urban Wine Experience select soup and canapés to pair with wine

Attendees of the Urban Wine Experience select soup and canapés to pair with wine


by Anneli Rufus


We’ve all heard of the Napa Valley Wine Country and the Sonoma County Wine Country. Brace yourself for another one, easily reachable by public transit from San Francisco:


It’s the East Bay Wine Country.

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Aug

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam's Chowder House

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House


by Anneli Rufus


Lewis Rossman, the executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, gave viewers an inside view of his lobster roll and demonstrated a rock cod recipe on Tasteable: California, a new TV series in which chefs at noted Golden State restaurants show off some of their best-selling dishes.

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Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

 

by Anneli Rufus


The foodfest known as SF Chefs has outdone itself yet again, lifting San Francisco ever higher into the culinary stratosphere with a wildly creative span of events ranging from an all-female-chefs deluxe dinner to a Portuguese wine intensive to a Nutter Butters cook-off between top local chefs.

Continue reading “SF Chefs 2013 Outdoes Itself — With Gelato Sandwiches and 25-Year-Old Scotch” »



Country singer Martina McBride performs at  Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California

Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California


It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

Continue reading “Music Meets Moonlight at Wente’s Summer Concerts” »



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