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A Basque restaurant on the street level of Upper Market's 100-year-old Swedish American Hall.

The Advocate
Confident presentation of smart, colorful dishes in a bustling Berkeley neighborhood from the team behind Comal.

All Spice
The All Spice team doubles down in San Francisco with inspired dishes that showcase Sachin Chopra’s mastery of delicate spices.

Al's Place
Aaron London's very personal project in the Mission, offering California cuisine.

OPENING IN 2016 --- A brasserie from chef Dominique Crenn at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel.

Colorful Northern California fare and an inspired lineup of fruit-forward desserts make for an inviting evening.

b. on the go
Tuck into savory sandwiches and delectable pastries at this corner café from the team behind b. patisserie.

A Mediterranean bistro and wine bar from the team behind Sens.

Bare Bowls
Acai bowls and other healthful snacks just south of University Avenue.

Barlago Italian Kitchen
A friendly neighborhood trattoria with fine lake views.

The Barrel Room
With a geographic focus that shifts quarterly, The Barrel Room pairs rare wine and spirit flights with an inspired menu of regional dishes.

A playful menu heavy in smoky meats and sausages anchors this popular Belgian-inspired brasserie in Cow Hollow.

Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
Sample craft brews and classic French bites at this upbeat mid-Market retreat.

Bradley's Fine Diner
Bradley Ogden's upscale diner concept in Menlo Park.

Brenda's Meat & Three
Southern must-haves shine at this friendly, casual palace of catfish, andouille, johnnycake and grits.

Mexican restaurant from Gabriela Cámara near Hayes Valley.

Fresh Mexican fare that tantalizes while maintaining respect for traditional cooking methods.

Chef-owner Val M. Cantu presents a multi-course tasting of Mexican fare in the Mission district.

Casual and spirited Cal-Italian trattoria along the Embarcadero.

Young hipsters pack this shared-plate restaurant adjoining the Presidio Theatre.

Chubby Noodle
Asian fusion, marinated in hipster chic.

Chef Chris Cosentino presents a blend of whole butchery and fresh, local ingredients.

The Commissary
Traci Des Jardins owns this Presidio outpost, offering California-interpreted Spanish cuisine in a former military mess hall.

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
Chinese cuisine complemented by some of the best views in town.

The Dorian
Notable cocktails and simple American dishes with a heavy dose of masculine Victorian charm.

Dragon Beaux
Edgy, artful dim sum and hot pots --- many of which are so attractive that you'll be torn between eating them and gazing at them.

Fat Noodle
OPENING IN 2016 --- Hand-pulled noodle dishes in downtown San Francisco.

Fattoria e Mare
California-updated Italian cuisine crafted with locally sourced products.

A casual Italian restaurant in the Outer Richmond.

Fogo de Chão
A traditional Brazilian churrascaria heavy on gaucho charm.

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Follow your nose to this barbecue bonanza.

Fournée Bakery
Francophiles, families and weekend cyclists are among those who flock to this sophisticated bakery beacon near the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa.

Hawker Fare
Diners are transported to the heady, intoxicating night markets of Indochina in this authentic Thai and Lao restaurant.

A confident, cozy, rustic restaurant soothes patrons while stimulating taste buds with inventive seasonal specialties.

Fusionized comfort food that might be the voice of its generation.

The JCB Tasting Lounge
An opulent wine tasting lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

Johnston's Saltbox
A pleasant nook, especially for lunch, with indoor or outdoor dining, but no reservations and no groups larger than six.

Lazy Bear
Enjoy a tasting menu of Modern American cuisine in a communal dining setting.

Le Marais Bistro & Bakery
Croissants, kouign-ammans and boudin blanc stamp Le Marais indelibly as French, French, French.

Les Clos
Saison alums present a wine bar-café in San Francisco's SoMa district.

Libby Jane
Overflow crowds from Brenda's French Soul Food can feast on some of their BFSF favorites here.

Liholiho Yacht Club
Ravi Kapur's very personal restaurant in Lower Nob Hill, a nod to his Hawaiian heritage.

Lord Stanley
Delicate, texture-rich small plates that traffic heavily in herbs and flowers paired with an approachable lineup of funky European wines.

Mademoiselle Colette
A true French pâtisserie in downtown Menlo Park.

Manos Nouveau
Latin-French restaurant in the Castro District.

Marla Bakery
Warm up after visiting the beach at this arty spot where husband-and-wife team Amy Brown and Joe Wolf bake up a storm.

Michel Bistro
Unpretentious Provençal-style pastis bar in Oakland's Grand Lake district.

The Mill
Bread takes on a whole new meaning at this hipster-magnet café, a joint project of Four Barrel Coffee and superstar yeast-wielder Josey Baker.

The MINA Test Kitchen
Michael Mina's test kitchen and events space in the Marina District.

Monsieur Benjamin
Chef-owner Corey Lee presents modern French bistro cuisine in tony Hayes Valley.

Chef Mourad Lahlou (Aziza) venture offering high-touch, high-gloss cuisine with a hint of Moroccan spice.

Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Indulgent pastries emerge from this alleged birthplace of the croissant/muffin "cruffin."

Myriad Gastro Pub
A light approach to comfort fare marks this Mission retreat that feels as much cozy diner as it does convivial pub.

Nob Hill Club
Semi-casual, totally convenient elegance on the ground floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco.

Nourish Cafe
Pretty and plentiful plant-based cuisine at this Inner Richmond café.

Melissa Perello's Octavia features seasonally driven California cuisine in Pacific Heights.

Izakaya and sushi restaurant in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Old Bus Tavern
This inviting brewpub serves up craft ales, creative cocktails and an inspired lineup of California comfort food.

Jason Fox crafts playful gems of California cuisine in the heart of Mint Plaza.

Inviting, invigorating Peruvian repast just a stone's throw from the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART.

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
A wide range of clever toppings turns Kobe beef, buffalo and other patties into huge, juicy burgers that you'll talk about after consuming.

Petit Crenn
Chef Dominique Crenn's casual restaurant in Hayes Valley.

An Italian take on tapas adds additional flavor to the Mission.

A fun-and-games dining destination at Jack London Square.

Pressed Juicery
Fresh-pressed juices in bottles delivered daily.

The Progress
A follow-up from the team behind State Bird Provisions.

The Refuge
Gastropub with good pastrami served up on tasty, toasty rye, and a surprisingly diverse menu with beers and ciders galore.

Reverb Kitchen & Bar
Refined comfort dishes paired with a refreshing and approachable line-up of craft cocktails in a sociable Russian Hill setting.

Sabio on Main
Upscale, contemporary dining from Francis Hogan in Pleasanton.

Old-world tradition meets friendly, sudsy fun at this classic German restaurant and bar, serving weissbier and wienerschnitzel since 1893.

Sessions at the Presidio
This “New American public house” features 100 food-friendly beers, craft cocktails and local wines alongside a robust California menu.

Shorty Goldstein's
Deli favorites in a nook of the Financial District.

Slice House by Tony Gemignani
Master pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani’s impressive topping combinations grace lofty “ancient grain” crusts.

Southside Spirit House
Strong, fresh, master-class cocktails served with bar bites amidst artistic, whimsically Wild Westish décor.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza
A restorative culinary rock to cling to on the island of Alameda.

Sprout Café
Extensive salad selections make for a favorite healthful lunch spot on University Avenue.

Tap 415
The Twenty Five Lusk team offers up elevated American grill standards alongside 20 taps of craft beer and wine.

Third Rail
Serious cocktails meet diverse jerkies, from the brains behind Mission District favorite Range.

Friendly and adventurous, it's the Gourmet Ghetto's Indian-fusion wonderland.

Central Berkeley's version of a friendly, classic neighborhood pub.

Trestle presents a daily-changing, three-course menu for just $35.

Urbano Latino
Inviting neighborhood restaurant and bar serving up generously portioned Latin-influenced food for young and old alike.

This surreal gin joint is worth a visit for the vibe alone, if not the incredible cocktails.


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