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posted on October 13, 2016
Zuni Café
review by Barbara Haimes

Even without chef Judy Rodgers, who passed away in 2013, Zuni remains San Francisco’s go-to spot for classic cocktails, oysters with a glass of Chablis, Caesar salad followed by a burger for lunch, or the iconic wood oven–roasted chicken for two, washed down with a bottle of good ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Union Larder
review by Luke Sykora

Run by Jay Esopenko and Melissa Gugni, who also own the Little Vine wine shop in North Beach, Union Larder is where the cool kids hang out after work, thanks to the cheeses curated by Kristi Bachman, former program director of the Cheese School of San Francisco, and a ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Treasury
review by Erik Tennyson

The Treasury, set in the airy marble interior of the Beaux Arts Standard Oil Building, offers a pleasant escape from the packed streets of the Financial District. Unwind while sipping on a Smoke & Mirrors (Anchor Old Tom Gin, smoked tea, pineapple gomme, bitters). Or forgo the cocktails for ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Smokestack
review by Luke Sykora

Brewer Dave McLean’s nuanced Magnolia beers are the main draw at this Dogpatch brewpub, an outgrowth of his smaller space in the Haight. This spot adds a strong whiskey selection and intense barbecue from chef Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji). Fans of malt-driven English ales flock here for pints ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Smuggler’s Cove
review by Erik Tennyson

Behind a wall of tinted glass on a quiet block in Hayes Valley, Smuggler’s Cove is a Tiki oasis that looks like it was decorated by Captain Hook after a few too many Mai Tais. The drink menu features more than 80 cocktails from every corner of Tiki-dom, as ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Prizefighter
review by Erik Tennyson

After stints at Bourbon & Branch and Beretta in SF, Jon Santer crossed the Bay in 2011 to open Prizefighter in Emeryville. The drinks lean toward brisk refreshment rather than spirituous weight, perfect companions to the large outdoor patio and the East Bay’s fog-free afternoons. Start with a Oaxacan ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Punchdown
review by Barbara Haimes

After closing for a while, Oakland’s lively natural wine bar re-opened in the Uptown neighborhood last year. With its tiled walls, wood backbar and old copper implements, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural wine bar in Paris. Flip through one of the wine books on ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Rich Table
review by Luke Sykora

This feels like a hipster farmhouse in the Northeast, with old weathered wood and lots of plaid and denim. In this case, the gentleman farmer happens to have a well-stocked cellar. Some of Sara and Evan Rich’s dishes—like the porcinidusted donuts and the sardine chips—have already ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Press
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

A bright, airy upgrade to the classic steakhouse, Press brings together dry-aged steaks and grilled chicken with more experimental dishes like chef Trevor Kunk’s carrot hot dog. But for wine obsessives, the central draw is its unparalleled collection of Napa wines going back to the 1950s, compiled by ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
One Market
review by Luke Sykora

Many contemporary SF restaurants focus on Old World wines, so for homegrown juice, head to this Financial District institution and talk to wine director Tonya Pitts. Her list focuses on California, from legendary to crowd-pleasing to the ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Mister Jiu’s
review by Barbara Haimes

Everything old is re-imagined at Mister Jiu’s. Though the address has hosted Chinatown restaurants for over a century, the dining room has been transformed into a quietly modern, light-filled space. Chef-owner Brandon Jew, who cooked at Zuni< ...Read the full review

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