San Francisco Travel presents our reviews of the best restaurants in San Francisco -- based on our experiences. These are some of the
finest restaurants in the world and are all highly recommended. We include reviews of what makes one better or worse for your own needs. Each of these could
be your ticket to an incredible evening.... it all depends on what you want. Most of these restaurants will give you a total bill, per person of $40-$60, but
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Chez Spencer - Hot Mission District eatery run by veteran San Francisco restaurateurs. Open hearth kitchen with a 40 seat dining
room. Casual but elegant style highly recommended by readers. 82 14th Street @ Folsom 415-864-2191
Fringale is a wonderful French restaurant in the SOMA area. The food is incredible -- they really make it
an art. The small bistro has a very intimate and romantic atmosphere with highly personal service; you will need reservations here. The bar area has a fun
atmosphere for you to wait at and meet other diners. M.P. writes 8/96, "Absolutely delightful place, fun menu, refreshing decor, friendly folks,
reasonably priced. "He's right -- it'll only cost you about $30 per person for a true gourmet meal.
570 Fourth Street 543-0573
Restaurant Lulu is a great open warehouse style nice restaurant with a wood-burning
roasting oven. All food served family style to share with friends. A great bar too. ($60 for 2) 816 Folsom 495-5775 California style food. SF Underground
Don't miss Lulu's Palo Alto version - Zibibbo. We tried Zibibbo in 2002 and were extremely impressed. Excellent small plate
dishes, entrees, and a lively bar scene. Located in a Palo Alto neighborhood with a door like a house, but a huge warehouse within. Highly recommended by our
editors. 430 Kipling Street - Palo Alto 650-328-6722
PJ's Oyster Bed isn't that fancy but they have excellent seafood and very few tourists out in the Sunset
District. They have a New Orleans theme and lots of fresh oysters to get ya goin... Lot's of bars nearby to drink while you wait. Very fresh seafood for
around $25 per person @ 737 Irving / 566-7775. SF Underground rating=B+
Firefly is a very homey and critically acclaimed restaurant. A very comfortable, small restaurant in a residential neighborhood
(Noe Valley). Reservations will be necessary here as it has many fans of the home cooking type food, without "ethnic
boundaries." 4288 24th Street @ Douglas, 821-7652. A little too "cliquey" for my taste so Our Rating is B-.
Greens is SF's best vegetarian restaurant and located in a restored army base with a beautiful waterfront view. Very expensive at
around $50 per person, but vegetarian so good, a wolf would love it! Located near Marina Green at Fort Mason's Building A 771-6222.
One of the Bay Area's finest chefs -- Bradley Ogden -- started One Market which is curiously located at One Market Street! Delicious
food, but a little bit "snooty" service for $50+ per person. Perfect for businesspeople on expense accounts, but you could probably spend your money
better elsewhere. 1 Market @ Steuart in the Financial District 777-5577 Our Rating=B
Reserve online with OpenTable!
Hayes Street Grill - Hayes Street Grill is a
neo-traditional San Francisco fish house across the street from the Performing Arts Center -- directly across from Davies Symphony Hall and a block from the
Opera House. The whole menu benefits from the array of seasonal produce procured directly from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Owner Patricia Unterman (former
San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic) has made this restaurant her personal project. Collaboratively the cooks choose dishes to create a balanced and
tempting menu. They use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, they would like the
freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally raised meats to speak for themselves. 320 Hayes Street (415) 863-5545