Explore San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood with chefs Evan and Sarah Rich and see what their local favorites are.

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October 24, 2018

5 Places Chefs Evan & Sarah Rich Love Within Walking Distance of Rich Table

San Francisco’s diverse culinary scene makes it easy to find the perfect place to eat, whether you’re looking for casual dining, fine dining, or anything in between. Married co-chefs and the proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table, Evan and Sarah Rich, bring their simply delicious cuisine to the table in San Francisco's charming Hayes Valley.


With an ever-changing menu and a constant eagerness to try something new, each dish at Rich Table is truly a reflection of innovative San Franciscan cuisine. If you aren't able to make reservations in advance, you can still explore their five favorite places in the neighborhood, all within walking distance of Rich Table.

We were looking for a city that had a really strong food culture and a public that was excited to eat out and try new things. We found all of that in San Francisco. - Chef Sarah Rich

Zuni Cafe (1658 Market St.)

Famous for their wood-fired eats, Zuni Cafe represents San Francisco's diverse food scene in the very heart of the city with their French and Italian fare. "It's a classic San Francisco spot, and it's great because it's open all day," Evan and Sarah say. "You can go clear your head while you eat delicious food." Locals love Zuni Cafe's Caesar salad and brick oven roasted chicken. Located on Market St., Zuni Cafe is also walking distance from the San Francisco Opera, Davies Symphony Hall, SHN Orpheum Theater, and San Francisco City Hall.

Smitten (432 Octavia St.)

Who said getting ice cream can't be an experience? At Smitten, each scoop is specially churned-to-order. Watch as the liquid nitrogen freezes the freshest ingredients into the most decadent scoop you've ever had. While they are always creating seasonal flavors for die-hard ice cream lovers, their rich TCHO chocolate is a top regular flavor. "You can get ice cream and sit in the park and eat it," Evan and Sarah say. "There's nothing better than that."

Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)

This neighborhood beer garden in the heart of San Francisco's Hayes Valley is a great spot to enjoy their large selection of German brews and pub food. Local favorites on their menu include their Wednesday Burger, Banana Knot Sandwich, and Bratwurst. "It's one of those rare outdoor dining places that's always busy and fun," Evan and Sarah say. Bring your friends and grab a communal wooden table or a complimentary wool blanket to see what it's all about.

RT Rotisserie (101 Oak St.)

Following the huge success of Rich Table, Evan and Sarah opened RT Rotisserie, a fast-fine dining option in Hayes Valley that specializes in roasted meats. Those who want a hearty meal but are pressed for time now have the option to do take-out or enjoy their meal in a more casual setting. Popular items on the menu include the rotisserie chicken sandwich, cabbage salad with candied almonds, and rotisserie fat rice. RT Rotisserie is right down the street from the SFJAZZ Center and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Patricia's Green (Fell St. & Octavia Blvd.)

What was once overshadowed by looming freeways is now one of San Francisco's 200+ public parks that boasts a children's play area, tons of open space, and rotating public art, such as the new 50-foot LED sculpture, "SQUARED," from this year's Burning Man festival. Watch it light up Patricia's Green with its 786 light cubes that emit a frenzy of colors. Evan and Sarah love to walk over to Patricia's Green whenever they need a breather from either restaurant and to enjoy some sun.

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