8. The Marina/Cow Hollow
Essential restaurants: A16, Gamine, Zushi Puzzle
Though these are technically different neighborhoods, they are united by a joint force of bros in fashion forward tank tops and Chubbies and girls in SoulCycle tees, and so they will remain together for this ranking. In many ways, they also suffer from the issues of Russian Hill: myriad places to eat, the majority of them average, at best. That, however, seems to be changing. In the past few years there has been a rise in the overall quality in the area, with the likes of Causwells, Le Marais Bakery, Maybeck’s, and Belga joining OGs par excellence like A16, Delarosa, Lucca Delicatessen, Tacolicious, Zushi Puzzle, Gamine, Atelier Crenn, Greens, and Brazen Head to elevate the game. Ex-water polo players wearing weirdly large sunglasses have never had it so good.