1. Huxley848 Geary St, San Francisco
2. The Hall1028 Market St, San Francisco
3. Arguello50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco
4. West Coast Wine-Cheese2165 Union St, San Francisco
5. Liquid Gold1040 Hyde St, San Francisco
6. Mochica Peruvian Kitchen & Bar1469 18th St, San Francisco
7. Marlowe500 Brannan St, San Francisco
Designed to be a small neighborhood restaurant, Huxley is worth traveling to, even if the Tenderloin isn't where you usually think to go for dinner. Saison's former owner and Bar Agricole's former sous chef serves up a simple, rustic menu they describe as "new American bistro-style," which includes courses like wild mushroom risotto, eggplant soup, and gourmet brunch toast that's bound to have made the rounds on your social media feed already. The restaurant only has 25 seats (10 of which are at the bar), so reservations are recommended.
Head to The Hall, where you can choose from six independent local food vendors: Cassia (Moroccan and Peruvian), Fine & Rare (seafood, mostly), The Whole Beast (do we really need to explain?), Raj & Singh (curry), Little Green Cyclo (banh mi and pho), and Dignitá (yummy baked goods). Everything's around $5-15, so you can't really go wrong.
Located inside the Presidio Officers' Club, this Mexican-themed restaurant from Traci Des Jardins dishes out upscale tacos, seafood, and a number of other south-of-the-border dishes. Sit by the fire pits on the patio and sip your margaritas or mescal cocktails while enjoying the outdoorsiness of it all.
For the next time life calls for wine and cheese, head over to West Coast Wine-Cheese, which claims both a "superior wine and cheese experience" and "a relaxed, unpretentious environment". There are tons of wines and cheeses (duh), but also salumi, small plates, beer, and chicken wings.
This bottle shop and tap room has an extensive collection of locally sourced beers and wines, as well as rare options from across the country. Despite its well-catered menu, Liquid Gold isn’t super stuffy -- its sparse, modern décor and small size lend to a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for a quiet drink with friends or a larger party of beer enthusiasts. Grab a beer flight for $12 or ask a knowledgeable bartender to suggest something tasty.
Mochica ditched its old spot in SoMa for this spot in Potrero and now everything is bigger, better, and yummier! Plus they've got a full liquor license and serve brunch.
This French-American bistro in SOMA has all the things that make a neighborhood restaurant so recommendable: excellent brunch; a fine wine selection featuring French, Italian, and Californian wines; an outdoor patio; and last but definitely not least: one of the best burgers in the city. Served with fries, the $16 Marlowe Burger is stacked with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli. It's so darn good that it's also served at sister restaurants Park Tavern and The Cavalier.