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August 27, 2014

Dine at San Francisco’s Best Restaurants in 2014

It’s no secret that San Francisco is home to a wealth of incredible dining opportunities — there’s probably more deliciousness per capita here than any other city in the world. Whether you’re a connoisseur of global cuisine or just interested in a taste of something new during your visit, here are a few restaurant recommendations to whet your appetite.


This Financial District favorite specializes in colorful northern Italian cuisine. The menu is printed daily, so you can be sure freshness is the highest priority. Don’t miss out on the pesce crudo or the truffle-crusted short rib if either is available during your visit.

Twenty Five Lusk

Inside a former warehouse space that is defined by exposed brick and thick-cut wood joists sits a futuristic block that looks like a discarded piece of the 2001: A Space Odyssey set. That sleek rectangle contains the kitchen, which produces a range of cuisine, from reimagined breakfast sandwiches and octopus frittata during brunch hours to a snackable bar menu and exquisite entrees in the evening.

La Mar Cebicheria

Located on Pier 1½ along the Embarcadero, the waterfront location reinforces how fresh and delicious the seafood, particularly the selection of ceviches, is when it lands on your table. Specializing in Peruvian cuisine, if the fruits of the sea aren’t your favorite, check out the empanadas (housemade stuffed pastries) and anticuchos (grilled skewers of meat and veggies). If you’re traveling on a budget, swing by during happy hour to sample some menu favorites without breaking the bank.

Flour + Water

This Mission District hotspot won the hearts of locals and visitors alike with its focus on simplicity and quality. Specializing in housemade pastas, pizza and charcuterie, there’s something for everyone to love here — whether you’re a gourmand, or just traveling with one. For a delicious experience that would make Charles Atkins roll over in his grave, go with the daily pasta tasting menu.


This Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning French eatery helmed by Chef Nancy Oakes and designed by Pat Kuleto has been a staple of local dining for more than two decades now. Whether you drop in for lunch or dinner, you can’t pick wrong from this rich menu.

Slanted Door

Housed in the Ferry Building, the Slanted Door has gained a reputation for its delicious, modern Vietnamese cuisine and bustling kitchen, which have, in turn, elevated Executive Chef Charles Phan to near-celebrity status. Taking advantage of fresh produce, seafood and meats, the menu is bursting with a unique blend of pan-Asian and Western flavors that are sure to pique your palate.

La Urbana

The bright Haight-Ashbury neighborhood eatery serves up a distinctive take on modern Mexican cuisine. You’ll find fresh updates to traditional favorites like Huevos con Chorizo alongside singular innovations like the Menudo de Almejas, which combines braised oxtail, clams, hominy and tostadas.

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