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Kaiyo

Perfect For: Action at the Bar Date Night Eating At The Bar Impressing Out of Towners
SF

Kaiyo

Perfect For: Action at the Bar Date Night Eating At The Bar Impressing Out of Towners
PHOTOS: Patricia Chang

If Pinterest built their own EPCOT Center, it would probably be a lot like Cow Hollow. It’s super walkable, there are fancy shops, and it has more than one gym whose members are probably (definitely) being brainwashed. A lot of the restaurants on Union Street play into this and are there mostly for people to get drinks between buying new yoga pants and petting dogs that pass by. While that’s all fun, the food at a lot of these places is an afterthought.

Kaiyo is different. It’s still a cool looking place with a glowing bar and an entire wall inside made out of real moss, but their Peruvian-Japanese food is reason enough to check this place out, instead of as a side-thought to getting spicy margaritas. Most of the food here is seafood and they have everything from a scallop and passion fruit ceviche to sushi rolls to stone pots with saffron rice and lobster, all of which should absolutely be on your table. Even the dishes that seem like stunts are excellent, like the smoked duck nigiri. Going with a date could get expensive, but if you hit it this place with a few friends, it’ll be easier to try more, which you’ll definitely want to.

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