A good lunch spot in the fourth and mission neighborhood if you are looking for mexican, but want something a step up from the hole in the wall taqueria. Tropisueno is tucked away in Yerba Buena Park. Have a walk up to order set up that you can either take out or eat in their nicely appointed dining room area with large windows out to the walk way. I went for the fish tacos which were pretty good. 3 fish tacos and a pomegranit Izze cost about $15.
I was referred to Goetz by another parent when I needed to get my son pants for his little league uniform. They had 5 different options of pants in his size and a friendly staff (although a definitely busy staff). Store is pretty big and a bit cluttered but they've got everything.
Cafe Centro makes wonderful sandwiches that you order from the the walk-up side door (or eat inside) and then can take over to the park for a nice lunch in the sun. I recommend the vegetarian with goat cheese and eggplant (although getting it hot is best). A go-to lunch spot for years by the locals and Internet company employees in the the surrounding area.
Orson is in a really cool club-like space with high ceilings, big bar area and second floor seating around one side and the front of the restaurant. Very cool scene. Chef Elizabeth Falkner (of Citizen Cake fame and who stopped by our table to ask us how everything was - nice touch) focuses on using local ingredients to create dishes you won't find elsewhere. She's into molecular gastronomy. So the Caesar salad comes with little bubbles of dressing that you "pop" to spread the dressing over your salad. Interesting, but it didn't make my salad taste any better than a normal Caesar. Pizza with chevre and poached egg on top was tasty. Beef ribs were very tender and good and portion was medium. Duck fat fries were good. Service was very attentive as well. Our waiter definitely put in effort to explain the more unusual dishes - and even brought us a scoop of the maple bacon ice cream when he heard us scoffing at the idea of eating such a thing. Overall - a pretty good experience but I didn't feel that the food was so fabulous that I'd definitely want to return. The molecular gastronomy stuff just isn't my cup of tea. If you're into that then you'll like this place.
Yeah..no. Not sure if this place is called Shiki or Sushi Club - but it's the place between the Moscone Garage and the Starbucks. Very friendly people but the food tastes like it was made by the chef of an elementary school cafeteria. Chicken Teryaki kind of had a microwaved taste to it and Sushi is not always made fresh. (As I was waiting for my order I watched them take a pre-made Bento box out of the display case and use the California roll from that in my order). Prices are high as well.
I've been going to Fringale for years. My wife and I went back last night for Valentine's day and really loved it. For a veteran SF restaurant they do a great job of keeping the menu fresh and the experience and service attentive and personal. It's a great spot for a romantic dinner (particularly after 8ish when they really fill up.) Reservations are a must and due to the small dining room you often may need to wait a few minutes past your reservation time. It's a place to take your time, have a wonderful 3 course French meal. Easy parking and near the freeway as well.
Cafe Claude is a great alternative to all the "California cuisine" and italian fare in San Francisco. In this case a French bistro alternative with a great setting that transports you away from the SF scene. It helps that it's tucked away on Claude Lane (a little alley it shares with Gitane). Waitstaff speaks french, much of the interior decor - like the zinc bar - came from bistros in France. Really rich and tasty bistro food with solid wine list. You can order carafes of wine too which is nice. Live Jazz on Saturday nights. A great date spot. I'll definitely go back.
After the birth of our first child, we worked with Randall Witte to draw up a will and trust. He was very knowledgeable of the process and able to give us sound advice on the best way to proceed in setting up our respective wills, trusts, power of attorneys, living wills etc..Mr. Witte is a very personable, laid back guy who takes the time to get to know his clients. The price when we did this a few years back was around $1100. Not cheap - but roughly comparable with other lawyers in town that I called. Only complaint I had was that after spending an hour with him giving him the details to put into our will, we felt we needed to do extensive editing of the first draft. Seems like there may have been some lost in translation between him and his paralegal. He was quite apologetic about that though and took the steps needed to quickly rectify it. We went back to him to update our document after the birth of our second child and that was a quick and easy process.
Bistro D'Asie is located across the street from the Aquarius theater on Palo Alto. Used to be a Tapas place there. Pretty good but not extraordinary food but fairly reasonable prices. Best value is the $11 wine flight that gives you three 2 oz glasses of whatever wine you select (that is on their "by the glass" menu). Duck tacos are the best thing on the menu. Other stuff is standard Asian Fusion fare. The softshell crab is really too spicy. Lamb entree is a lot like shaking beef - solid.
Service was cheerful, informal and punctual. Went on a Saturday night before a movie and the place was empty until about 7:15 at which point it totally filled up.
Good place, but don't plan on rushing back. For a little more money Tamarine is a nicer experience down University. Three Seasons just a few blocks away is probably same price range and equally as good food.
Having grown up in New England I was skeptical about a Lobster Shack experience in Redwood City, but I'm happy to say it's the real deal. The Old Port Lobster Shack flies in fresh lobsters (and even Steamers!!!) from New England a couple times per week and have a few tanks in the restaurant. You order at the counter, sit at picnic tables with a roll of paper towels, and rip through your lobster. We had the two lobsters for $40 (regularly $22 each). The lobster meat was really good and fresh. The meat really filled out the shell and was a great texture (unlike the lobsters that sit in tanks for a long time and atrophy in their shells). The lobster tail meat was surprisingly tender too. I never thought you could get authentic steamers out here (too perishable), but I was proven wrong - once again validating my theory that there is little reason to live in New England over California.
We brought the kids and convinced them they wouldn't like lobster but would rather have mac and cheese. They fell for it.
A very casual setting and friendly service - but since you're paying the airfare for the food it's easy to rack up a bill.
I would recommend the Old Port Lobster Shack to any discerning New Englander.