1. Hawker Fare680 Valencia St, San Francisco
2. Californios3115 22nd St, San Francisco
3. Atlas Tap Room606 Mission St, San Francisco
4. Mourad140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco
5. Buffalo Club2331 Mission St, San Francisco
6. Bar Vero4230 18th St, San Francisco
7. Manos Nouveau3970 17th St, San Francisco
8. Liholiho Yacht Club871 Sutter St, San Francisco
The Mission outpost of this beloved Oakland eatery turns up the heat with spicy Thai-style street food and Tiki cocktails. The Thai-Issan menu features coconut milk curries and grilled meat dishes, as well as spicy salads and sides like chicken fat rice and fermented mustard greens. The family-style portions, picnic tables, and massive space make Hawker Fare an island oasis perfect for a group dinner.
This elegant Michelin-starred spot in the Mission is a take on Mexican food unlike you've ever tasted. The hallmark of Californios is the multi-course tasting menu and the additional wine pairing. The menu is always changing, but you can expect lots of seafood, meat, and if you're lucky, foie gras ice cream. Reservations are hard to score but once you do, you're in for an intimate night (the restaurant has only 22 seats including a chef's counter) of truly haute Mexican food.
This surprisingly calm spot steps from Montgomery Street Station offers a rotating selection of eight beers and a handful of wines on tap. Good for lunch or happy hour (weekdays until 6pm), Atlas is a less-crowded alternative to its sister restaurant next door, Archive. Nosh on ahi poke, charcuterie and bacon deviled eggs, or feast on a large Cuban sandwich before ducking back into the office.
Mourad Lahlou is one of the best chefs in the country. The Iron Chef America alum opened the Michelin-starred Aziza in 2001 and in 2015, took a step up with Mourad, which now also boasts a Michelin star. This is fine Moroccan cuisine, cross-pollinated with the best of what California has to offer. The Moroccan family-style dining dishes (La’Acha), like a 72-hour braised short rib, are a memorable experience.
From the guys behind Tonic and Soda Popinski's, dark wood, red stools, communal tables, and a buffalo-nickel-covered buffalo skull set the scene for a menu with extra-classy-for-these-guys stuff like Humboldt Fog Bruschetta and a Margarita Pizza with vermouth tomato, plus specialty cocktails ($10) and good old fashioned $6 draft beer.
Formerly Café La Taza, Bar Vero is a Latin fusion restaurant-cum-coffee shop in the Castro with all of the Highwire coffee and pastries you could ever want, but also breakfast burritos (yum) and lunch options as well. Oh, and don’t worry, they also serve beer and wine.
Manos Nouveau is an upscale, chef-run restaurant that serves new and inventive French/Central and South American food that you’ll eat while surrounded by rotating paintings and sculptures made by local artists. Yup, basically it’s an art gallery you get to eat in. In addition, Manos Nouveau has an awesome wine list that features unique, small-batch vintages from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
Liholiho Yacht Club is a pop-up restaurant that found a permanent home in Nob Hill...and isn't a yacht club by any means. The kitchen serves a mash-up of Hawaiian, Californian, and Southeast Asian flavors, led by dishes like poppy seed steamed buns with beef tongue, tuna poke on a nori cracker, and twice-cooked pork belly. Aside from an à la carte menu, there's a family-style tasting dinner that's served at the Ohana Table, a communal table in the front of the restaurant.