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San Francisco Travel presents our reviews of the best restaurants in San Francisco -- based on our experiences. These are some of the finest restaurants in the world and are all highly recommended. We include reviews of what makes one better or worse for your own needs. Each of these could be your ticket to an incredible evening.... it all depends on what you want. Most of these restaurants will give you a total bill, per person of $40-$60, but we include our price estimates in each review. One great addition to your trip is learning from a top chef - check out our list of thebest San Francisco culinary and cooking schools.

Park Chow ($$)
Universal Cafe ($$$)
Restaurant Gary Danko ($$$$$)
The Blue Plate ($$$)
Luna Park ($$ - $$$)
Restaurant Lulu ($$$)
Limon Restaurant ($$$)
Range Restaurant Trendy, hip American fresh food in the Mission District on Valencia...
The Blue Plate Top chef in a developing neighborhood...
Restaurant Gary Danko Ultra luxury food...
The Slanted Door New Asian cuisine...
Globe Restaurant Where chefs get the best food in an intimate bistro... and open until late. Highly recommended.
Foreign Cinema Unique restaurant showing films during dinner...
Rose Pistola features excellent California style Italian food in North Beach.
Bix Super supper club...
Aqua Incredibly fresh seafood and elegant ambience in the Financial District...
Millennium The best vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco (or the country?)
Boulevard The best "American-influenced French" food in the city...
Waterfront Popular for sweeping Bay views...
Crustacean Awesome seafood with an Asian-fusion style...
Plumpjack Intimate Union Street area restaurant run by top winestore...

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Chez Spencer - Hot Mission District eatery run by veteran San Francisco restaurateurs. Open hearth kitchen with a 40 seat dining room. Casual but elegant style highly recommended by readers.  82 14th Street @ Folsom 415-864-2191

Fringale is a wonderful French restaurant in the SOMA area. The food is incredible -- they really make it an art. The small bistro has a very intimate and romantic atmosphere with highly personal service; you will need reservations here. The bar area has a fun atmosphere for you to wait at and meet other diners. M.P. writes 8/96, "Absolutely delightful place, fun menu, refreshing decor, friendly folks, reasonably priced. "He's right -- it'll only cost you about $30 per person for a true gourmet meal.
570 Fourth Street 543-0573

Restaurant Lulu is a great open warehouse style nice restaurant with a wood-burning roasting oven. All food served family style to share with friends. A great bar too. ($60 for 2) 816 Folsom 495-5775 California style food. SF Underground rating=A+

Don't miss Lulu's Palo Alto version - Zibibbo. We tried Zibibbo in 2002 and were extremely impressed. Excellent small plate dishes, entrees, and a lively bar scene. Located in a Palo Alto neighborhood with a door like a house, but a huge warehouse within. Highly recommended by our editors. 430 Kipling Street - Palo Alto 650-328-6722

 

PJ's Oyster Bed isn't that fancy but they have excellent seafood and very few tourists out in the Sunset District. They have a New Orleans theme and lots of fresh oysters to get ya goin... Lot's of bars nearby to drink while you wait. Very fresh seafood for around $25 per person @ 737 Irving / 566-7775. SF Underground rating=B+

Firefly is a very homey and critically acclaimed restaurant. A very comfortable, small restaurant in a residential neighborhood (Noe Valley). Reservations will be necessary here as it has many fans of the home cooking type food, without "ethnic boundaries." 4288 24th Street @ Douglas, 821-7652. A little too "cliquey" for my taste so Our Rating is B-.

Greens is SF's best vegetarian restaurant and located in a restored army base with a beautiful waterfront view. Very expensive at around $50 per person, but vegetarian so good, a wolf would love it! Located near Marina Green at Fort Mason's Building A 771-6222. Our Rating=A

One of the Bay Area's finest chefs -- Bradley Ogden -- started One Market which is curiously located at One Market Street! Delicious food, but a little bit "snooty" service for $50+ per person. Perfect for businesspeople on expense accounts, but you could probably spend your money better elsewhere. 1 Market @ Steuart in the Financial District 777-5577 Our Rating=B Reserve online with OpenTable!

Hayes Street Grill - Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional San Francisco fish house across the street from the Performing Arts Center -- directly across from Davies Symphony Hall and a block from the Opera House. The whole menu benefits from the array of seasonal produce procured directly from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Owner Patricia Unterman (former San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic) has made this restaurant her personal project. Collaboratively the cooks choose dishes to create a balanced and tempting menu. They use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, they would like the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally raised meats to speak for themselves. 320 Hayes Street (415) 863-5545

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