One of the few places in the city that does weekday brunch, Universal Cafe is a gem. The dinner is upscale American - from steak to pasta to a fish that changes regularly - but daytime is when Universal is at its best. The outdoor tables on a sunny weekend are ideal, partly because you can gloat at all the suckers still waiting in line while you get a tan.
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Nihon Whisky Lounge
Nihon Whiskey Lounge in the Mission is great at the beginning of the night for groups who take cocktails seriously.
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Head to Darwin Cafe in Soma for a kale salad that you’ll actually be thinking about when you leave, but in a good way.
RT Rotisserie, with a short menu starring roast chicken and cauliflower, is our new favorite spot for a casual dinner in Hayes Valley.
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