Situated in the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf and helmed by acclaimed American chef Gary Danko, this place has become somewhat of a San Francisco institution. Famed for the chef’s impeccable take on classic cuisine, this one-Michelin-star fine dining establishment offers timeless dishes, like herb-crusted loin of lamb, roast Maine lobster (below) and roasted stuffed quail.
There are 3-, 4- and 5-course menu options available, starting from US$87 (S$122). For a more exclusive and intimate dining experience, there’s even a private dining room that can accommodate up to 10 guests.
800 North Point St
Perfectly fusing rustic Mediterranean charm with an undeniably elegant atmosphere, this longtime San Fran favourite, awarded a Bib Gourmand, offers diners classic Greek dishes, like avgolemono, souvlaki and moussaka.
Adding to Kokkari’s enduring appeal are the large and inviting fireplace, remarkable handmade pottery and the always fresh flower displays.
200 Jackson St
There’s no way you’ll leave this unique dining experience unsatisfied. Departing from the conventional restaurant experience, diners enjoy delicious, fresh seafood prepared by a former fishmonger turned chef in an exclusive location.
This communal dining experience has in fact received the highest rating on TripAdvisor, beating more than 4,000 other restaurants in the city. Clearly, they’re doing something right!
Make sure to reserve your spot at least 48 hours in advance.
188 King St, Unit PH7
4. China Live
In the bustling heart of San Fran’s famous Chinatown, you’ll find a vast restaurant and retail space that offers guests a wide array of Chinese feasting options.
The Market Restaurant showcases a seasonal menu of Chinese classics, often with a slight Western twist. An exciting and impressive feature of the restaurant is the traditional Chinese earthen oven that really adds an authentic feel to the China Live dining experience.
We also love the extensive selection of teas in the counter-service Oolong Cafe that have been specially imported from the China.
Serving excellent Mexican-inspired fare, the one-Michelin-starred Californios is an award-winning eatery that opens for dinner only and prides itself on presenting fresh and flavoursome food using only the best ingredients.
The ever-changing 12- to 16-course menu delights diners Tuesdays through Saturdays and starts at US$157 per person. Drink-pairing options are also available and highly recommended.
3115 22nd St
6. La Taqueria
The Mission District is well known for the many taco-serving eateries that call this neighbourhood home. And when it comes to traditional Mexican staples like burritos and tacos, there’s simply no competing with 24th Street’s famous and wildly popular La Taqueria.
Having opened its doors almost 3 decades ago, this no-frills Mexican diner is another San Fran institution that should definitely be added to the itinerary of any Mexican-cuisine-loving traveller.
2889 Mission St
Led by a husband and wife duo, one-Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions provides patrons with a true Californian dining experience like no other.
Born out of the owners’ passion for serving quail, the restaurant dishes up some really exciting dining options, including smoked trout-avocado ‘chip & dip’, guinea hen dumpling with an aromatic broth and a wide range of toasts and pancakes with a variety of delectable toppings. For a substantial main meal, the CA state bird with provisions is the signature dish and a must-try item from the well-put-together menu.
Though securing a reservation at this beloved San Fran spot may require a little effort, it’ll be worth it and you won’t leave this place disappointed.
1529 Fillmore St