Don't Just Stay Here, Eat Here: 10 Great San Francisco Hotel Restaurants
You're headed to San Francisco for its iconic views and signature swagger. The rumors suggest there's nothing like an epic helicopter tour over the bay followed by drinks in Central Market...and the rumors are true. Of course, you need to stay fueled up for your adventures in the City by the Bay, and your next good meal may be closer than you think. Thanks to an influx of culinary talent in the city, hotel restaurants are getting their hands on some of the best epicurean innovators around. Here are some hotels that take dining way beyond fresh sourdough bread and Joe's Special.
Parallel 37 (600 Stockton St.)
Situated in the Ritz-Carlton and headed by Chef Michael Rotondo, Parallel 37 has a menu focused on locally-sourced ingredients and market-fresh goodness. The perfect place for a sophisticated night out, the restaurant's commitment to keeping things natural is also translated in the decor. Chic slate floors and exposed wood beams combine to create a trendy ambiance. The dinner menu has items such as herb-crusted rack of lamb, organic roasted chicken and seared octopus. www.parallel37sf.com
OneUp (345 Stockton St.)
Natural lighting and sleek decor set the stage for your wonderful meal at OneUp, located in the Grand Hyatt. An upscale American bistro with a decidedly NorCal flavor, the menu here is curated by chef Kevin Villalovos. Using fresh ingredients and hearth ovens, the creative concoctions served include stout-braised short ribs, pan roasted teriyaki salmon and classic cioppino. Thursday through Sunday, you can enjoy the live music of local artists while you dine. www.oneupsf.com
Campton Place (340 Stockton St.)
Campton Place sits in the hotel of the same name. Once you sink your teeth into its eats, you might say it's a "restaurant so nice they named it twice." After all, it is a Michelin two-star restaurant. Headed up by Chef Srijith Gopinathan, the kitchen is plating Indian street food with an upscale twist. Ordering something like the spice-poached lobster in a curry sauce is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The restaurant is also special because it has a Master Sommelier on staff, so you know your wine pairing will be perfect. www.camptonplacesf.com
Pläj (333 Fulton St.)
Swedish meatballs aren't just served in the IKEA dining room anymore. From the kitchen at the Inn at the Opera comes spectacular Scandinavian food inspired by the vision and talent of Chef Roberth Sundell. The accomplished chef likes to fuse California flavors with his Scandinavian fare and it shows. The menu includes grilled elk, Scandinavian and local cheeses, herring and smoked salmon.
Luce (888 Howard St.)
Luce serves American cuisine, but we're not talking street cart hot dogs. On the contrary, this restaurant at the InterContinental San Francisco is serving exquisite fare that ranges from king salmon confit to Pacific halibut poached in California olive oil. From the swirl on the marble floors to the creative way the food is plated, Luce makes your dining experience an artistic one. www.lucewinerestaurant.com
398 Brasserie (398 Geary St.)
This eatery in Hotel G brands itself as pure style, and it hits the mark. Whether you want to start your day with a sophisticated breakfast or end it with a fine wine, 398 Brasserie in Union Square is your spot. The ultra high ceilings and deep colors in the decor feel very European, which is perfect, given that Executive Chef Sam Fechheimer has cultivated a French-inspired menu. Sit back, say "Bonjour" and before you know it you'll be eating burgundy escargot and moules frites.
Dirty Habit (12 Fourth St.)
When you're looking to knock the socks off your date, Dirty Habit in Hotel Zelos is the place to be. It's rooftop location gives it an advantage over most San Francisco restaurants with fresh air and views to kick your meal off right. Considering the soothing combination of glamorous decor and comforting fire pits, you might just stay at the restaurant and bar until last call. In the meantime, nosh on Chef Justin Koenig's international fare, including ricotta dumplings and foie gras torchon. www.dirtyhabitsf.com
MKT (757 Market St.)
Stationed in the Four Seasons, MKT takes its farm-to-table mission seriously, but it's not just the fresh eats that will have you coming back for more. The restaurant also boasts killer views of San Francisco from its fifth floor location, as well as some seriously genius craft cocktails. Even drink ingredients are sourced from the region, so you're getting a true local experience. Grab a table and delight in devouring royal sweet scallops or grilled swordfish. www.mktrestaurantandbar.com
The Cavalier (360 Jessie St.)
Calling all Anglophiles: The Cavalier in Hotel Zetta is bringing upscale English pub fare to San Francisco. Recycled cathedral lights and polished marble floors create an atmosphere fit for a queen, while the menu will satiate the hunger of even the most discerning diner. Begin your culinary odyssey with oysters and crispy brussel sprout chips, and move on to a mind-blowing take on classic fish and chips.
Chambers (601 Eddy St.)
The sign behind the bar at this Phoenix Hotel restaurant says "Be Amazing," and it appears the venue has taken its own advice to heart. The dark decor adds a mysterious vibe to the dining room, while packed bookshelves and artistic lighting can make you feel at home. Spend your romantic evening enjoying the chef's tasting menu, or sink your teeth into a New York strip steak or house burger topped with aioli and manchego.