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Wilfred’s Lounge in Napa is a "modern tiki bar" with strong cocktails and spam sliders.
Norman Rose Tavern
Norman Rose Tavern in Napa is somewhere between a sports bar and a wine bar in the best way possible.
Ristorante Allegria serves fresh pasta in an old bank building that's perfect for big groups.
Bistro Don Giovanni
Make a reservation at Bistro Don Giovanni to eat excellent homemade pasta with vineyard views.
Go to Bar Agricole in SoMa for small-batch spirits and a menu of small plates inspired by the seasons.
For impressive Northern Vietnamese dishes punched up with unexpected surprises, come to Bodega SF in the Tenderloin.
Shuggie's uses blemished and surplus produce and meat off-cuts in their pizzas to reduce food waste. Not every dish is a hit, but this Mission spot with the funhouse-like dining room is a conversation starter.
The Best SF Restaurants For A Birthday Dinner
19 places to ring in another trip around the sun.
PPQ Dungeness Island
PPQ Dungeness Island is a Vietnamese spot in the Richmond with whole roasted crabs, garlic noodles, and more excellent seafood dishes.
You come to Thanh Long, a Sunset institution, for whole roast crab and the most iconic garlic noodles in the city.
Good Good Culture Club
Good Good Culture Club in the Mission combines a range of cuisines to create original and flawlessly executed dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
Besharam is a vegetarian Gujarati restaurant in the Dogpatch where originality shines. Think blue cheese parathas, Impossible kebabs covered in garlicky pea shoots, and pani puri with actual gin in the tamarind-mint water.
Kaiyō Rooftop is a trendy SoMa rooftop bar with views of downtown, lots of cocktails, and great Peruvian-Japanese dishes if you get hungry.
San Ho Won
San Ho Won is an upscale Korean restaurant in the Mission with galbi that’s flat-out memorable—just like a dinner here.
Pomet is a literal farm-to-table restaurant in Oakland, from the people behind K&J Orchards.
Ace Wasabi Rock-N-Roll Sushi
Come to Ace Wasabi in the Marina with big groups for a trendy scene and solid sushi.
State Bird Provisions
We could eat at State Bird Provisions five nights in a row and never get bored—that’s because the Fillmore spot makes the most creative small plates in the city.