I've lived in SF for 1 month and have already been here 3 times. Each time at least 50% of the en tree's have changed (they have a highly seasonal menu-perhaps to keep the chef/owner motivated) While this would usually bum me out, everything I have tried I LOVE! They call it California/French cuisine
They also have a great Martini menu, the apricotini is delicious... For something more original and spicy try the "Wild thing" martini.
Right in the Middle of adorable Russian Hill, this small place (seats only about 30) has managed to be create my ideal restaurant vibe: intimate and stylish, will remaining casual.
Entrees run between $12-$20
PROS: ambiance, service, seasonal menu
CONS: small, hard to get a table
Naked Fish has managed to "dress" up sushi rolls in very creative ways by frying it, baking is, and covering it was lots of sauces. Ok, I admit the Firecracker Roll is pretty amazing, but seriously do you really need to reinvent the wheel here? Small portions and high prices make this a typical Marina find. I don't hate it and will prob go back, but I wouldn't put it on the "don't miss" list.
PROS: creative rolls, location, trendy decor
CONS: portions, prize
Off the beaten path in Richmond, this cozy family run Burmese restaurant has managed to create quite the following. They do not take reservations, so upon arriving at 7:45 we had to write our name on a dangling clipboard with instructions from the waitress to go get a drink and wait for her to call us. An hour later, starving, we were finally seated.
The wait was worth it!! The 20 ingredient salad was the best thing we tried with the fiery Tofu and Chicken in 2nd place. The ambiance is very causal, authentic with no frills, and the price is reflected (entree's around $8-$10). The service was super quick and very pleasant.
I will definitely be recommending this place to friends tired of eating a over-priced pan-Asian restaurants in the marina
PROS: price, food, authenticity
CONS: wait, not good for big groups, small
This place is amazing. Fully hidden from street view, you walk down a Eucalyptus-lined pathway which opens to a gorgeous amphitheater with a beautiful tiered lawn that steeps up into the forest. The free concert series during the summer is great. A really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Bring a blanket, some wine and cheese, a few layers and soak up some good music, and great people watching. A definitely Summer must do!
House of Prime Rib (HOPR)is a great steak joint. The decor is old world streak house, and they actually carve the prime rib right at the table! I went with six girls and we were treated like royalty. We each split the Prime Rib which came with a huge loaded Backed Potato, amazing creamed spinach, a Salad, and cornbread. we could barely walk out of the place! would definitely classify HOPR as a splurge (avg entree ~ $30) but if you can split it's very reasonable.
PROS: service, huge portions, great steak
I tried Chez Nous last weekend with a few girlfriends. Out table was ready right on time, and the palce itself was adorable. I typically think small plates are a rip-off in terms of value for $$, and while Chex nous fits that bill, I still really enjoyed it. The two most memorable dishes were the goat cheese souffle and the duck. The best part of the meal, however, was the Sangria which was full of fresh fruit and very tasty.
PROS: Variety, Sangria
CONS: Value, Small Portions
I definitely frequent this place on a weekly basis. They have the biggest lattes ever, and the best oatmeals with fresh fruit in the city. They are a little pricey and they are always pretty crowded so be prepared to wait or be creative with seating. I haven't been there for anything other than breakfast so not sure about their lunch dishes. Really cute decor as well.
PROS: Atmosphere, food
CONS: limited seating, pricey
Tried this place last night for the first time, and it definitely lived up to expectations. The food came out super fast, was very authentic and the portions were pretty big. We have the calamari app which was Ok, but the Gnocchi and Chicken Ravioli were amazing! This is definitely a no frills, not trying to be trendy or stylish. Just authentic, good Italian.. Will definitely return.
PROS: Food, Timely Service
CONS: Lack of Ambiance, Style
Very professional, clean, and reasonably priced. They have free internet access and fresh fruit while you wait, and welcome walk-ins.I go for waxing, and think they do as great a job as Juut for 30% less price. I did not experience any of the issues the other reviewer did.
PROS: Price, Cleanliness, Speed
I moved to Pacific Heights 2 weeks ago and have been to this restaurant twice, and loved it both times. All the ceviche and sashimi are super fresh and wonderfully seasoned, and the Toro Steak Salad is amazing. The menu has lots of entradas (small dishes)which are decent portions around $8-10 and are perfect for those like to get a few things to share. Make sure to make a reservation!
PROS: original ingredients and variety of dishes
CONS: Not very cheap and alsways crowded