Thanks to innovative chefs and pioneering restaurateurs, San Francisco has emerged as a top food-and-wine destination. From lavish restaurants to cozy bistros, the city's eclectic dining options suit every style, taste and budget. But with so many options, it's tough to decide where to go. Editor at large Harvey Steiman helps solve this dilemma by reviewing two dozen notable restaurants. We also report on fine wine bars and top hotels. Pack your bags—it’s time for a culinary escape.
Visit from June to October for sublime weather, with temperatures averaging in the low 60s. Avoid winter—frequent downpours can foil outdoor activities. For a taste of local culture, go in late fall during the San Francisco Jazz Festival, which also features art exhibitions and theatrical performances.
Part of the joy of visiting San Francisco is dining out. To help you decide where to go, we've evaluated the quality of food, wine, service and ambience at fine restaurants throughout the Bay-area. Each place has something exceptional to offer, from imaginative dishes with various textures and flavors to inventive wine lists with remarkable flair.
At Fleur de Lys, a chocolate feast of five desserts takes diners through a variety of flavor pairings.
Whether you favor a crisp Chardonnay or a rich Pinot Noir, a laid-back vibe or a trendy hipster scene, we've found the right wine bar for you. Some of our recommended places don't stock an exhaustive selection, but their owners have crafted their cellars with an eye for distinctive wines. Some even offer a delicious assortment of dishes. They all represent the finest newer venues in town.
San Francisco has a dizzying array of places to stay. To help you find the place that will best suit your needs, we've looked beyond ordinary accommodations in favor of established hotels that deliver superior amenities and character. We've also highlighted fine values and distinctive properties that capture the essence of their respective neighborhoods.