Little Gem on Union Street feels like some sort of restaurant from the future when the science of optimization and the art of feng shui are one and the same. It’s all shiny and white, there are lots of plants, and you get the feeling that everyone in this place loves to listen to whale sounds in their spare time. The menu is pretty health-centric with things like broth and green juice available, but they also have larger dishes like bibimbap with seasonal vegetables, brown rice, and salmon tartare. It’s the kind of food you try to cook for yourself on weeknights when you want to be more healthy, only this place is actually good at it.
More spots in Cow HollowSee more
The Epicurean Trader
Save yourself a trip to the Mission and stop by the Epicurean Trader for things like Tartine bread and Bi-Rite ice cream.
California Wine Merchant
California Wine Merchant doesn’t serve food, but it’s a good option for a wine night in the Marina.
You’re going to wait in line at the Shake Shack in Cow Hollow, but at least there are awesome burgers and ice cream at the end of it.
More American spotsSee more
Mission Bowling Club
Aside from having six lanes, Mission Bowling Club has a great bar and makes one of our favorite burgers in the city.
TrueBurger, a fast-food style spot in Oakland, has mastered the art of three simple things: burgers, fries, shakes.
Suggested by our writers
A Cow Hollow French bistro that’ll make you feel like you’re in Paris. Gamine’s got it going on.
Petit Crenn in Hayes Valley involves not-stuffy French food that's simple and well-executed, both for a casual brunch or a tasting menu at dinner.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more