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Monsieur Benjamin is a modern French restaurant in Hayes Valley that works well for pre-theater dinners.
At John’s Grill in Union Square, you can get into old-school classics like steak and baked potatoes and check out a shrine to The Maltese Falcon.
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus in Union Square is one of the city’s most unique dining spots—sit under a stunning stained glass ceiling, and drink afternoon tea or champagne.
A meal at this entirely-vegetarian institution in Fort Mason is an experience you should try at least once.
Bear at Stanly Ranch
Bear at Stanly Ranch is an all-day restaurant that's a great stop for a relaxing lunch.
La Taberna is a Spanish place in Napa where you should get some excellent pintxos and a glass of albariño.
La Mar is a Peruvian restaurant near the Ferry Building that feels like a waterfront party with ceviche, empanadas, and slow-cooked pork shanks cooked with aji panca.
Kaiyō Rooftop is a trendy SoMa rooftop bar with views of downtown, lots of cocktails, and great Peruvian-Japanese dishes if you get hungry.
We’re looking hard for a go-to restaurant in Soma. The Cavalier is not bad, but...we’re still looking.
The Slanted Door
Some restaurants that have been around a long time feel like ageless classics. The Slanted Door feels more like an aged classic.
Verjus is a wine bar and bottle shop in the Financial District perfect for an after-work date and drinks before dinner.