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posted on September 29, 2017
Ordinaire
review by Barbara Haimes

This Grand Lake–neighborhood wine bar and shop is where the cool kids like to hang and talk natural wine with the young, very passionate staff. The 15 wines by the glass change almost daily, as most are from small producers or from small cuvées, like the “orange” sauvignon ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Whitechapel
review by Erik Tennyson

For a religious experience with gin, make the pilgrimage to Whitechapel in the Tenderloin. Named after the famous East End district where “mother’s ruin” poured freely while Jack the Ripper was lurking in the alleyways, the space looks like a tube ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Uma Casa
review by Bryce Wiatrak

When chef Telmo Faria opened Uma Casa in January 2017, it became—remarkably—San Francisco’s first Portuguese restaurant. Adorned with hand-painted blue and white tiles, the restaurant emphasizes seafood. Faria also cooks up traditional dishes like piri piri chicken, polenta cake in ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
TORC
review by Julia Weinberg

At Torc, husband-and-wife duo Sean and Cynthia O’Toole offer the truffles and blue-chip wines of a fine-dining destination without the pomp and hush. Come for handmade pastas, locally raised heritage meats, and vegetable sides featuring produce grown at neighboring farms or ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Tawla
review by Luke Sykora

First, ask for two orders of flatbread. Soft, warm and yeasty-rich, with a crisp wheat-bran crust on the bottom, the loaves will disappear alongside an order of the rich, tangy fava-based ful medames. Ful is a transnational dish, a spread prepared in various ways from Lebanon to Egypt. ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
SPQR
review by Barbara Haimes

A small, clubby, dark-wood-paneled dining room sets off the brightly lit open kitchen and large wall of wines, making clear that they are the focal points of this Pacific Heights modern Italian restaurant. Chef Matthew Accarrino coaxes the most from his deceptively simple ingredients, creating polished dishes particularly pastas ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
The Saratoga
review by Erik Tennyson

The latest addition to the Bacchus group of restaurants (which includes Spruce, among others), The Saratoga occupies the bottom two floors of a historic building in the Tenderloin. There’s food (New American) ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
The Riddler
review by Barbara Haimes

There’s been a line out the door since Jen Pelka opened this Hayes Valley Champagne bar in early 2017, backed by an all-female team of investors and managers. The corner space looks like a Parisian wine bar with its wide windows, gold-leaf ceiling and marbled table tops. Grab some ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Prima
review by Barbara Haimes

John Rittmaster presides at this Walnut Creek restaurant and wine shop, which boasts one of the Bay Area’s largest and best Italian lists. It’s been the local choice for celebrations since 1974; since Rittmaster took over the wine buying in 1994, has turned it into a destination for wine ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Petit Marlowe
review by Geoff Millar

Oysters are the main event at this new SoMa wine bar, alongside chef Jennifer Puccio’s menu of French bistro classics, like deviled eggs and beef tartare. To match, Jennifer Gomez has crafted a Champagne-heavy wine list with other oyster-ready pours, from Yuste Manzanilla and Urionde Txacoli to Lapeyre ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Petit Crenn
review by Barbara Haimes

Dominique Crenn rocketed to fame after Michelin awarded Atelier Crenn two stars. Our favorite, however, is Petit Crenn, a small, more casual spot where she pays homage to her mother and ...Read the full review

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