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Che Fico (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Enter this reclaimed auto-body shop along the Divisadero corridor with its large bar, salumi aging room, wood tables and a white-tiled open kitchen, and an Italian might exclaim, che fico! (Italian slang for “so cool”). Refined and rustic marry at this ambitious Cal-Ital tavern, run by Matt...Read Full Story

Nopa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In 2006, Nopa came onto the scene as a red-hot farm-to-table restaurant that energized an entire neighborhood. Amazingly, it’s still a hard-to-get reservation. Chef Laurence Jossel and crew turn out rustic dishes made with great, often local ingredients—from fried...Read Full Story

Great China (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

For 30 years, Great China has been the Berkeley destination for Peking duck and top-notch northern Chinese cuisine. The secret was always that the cramped restaurant had a solid wine list if you knew whom to ask. After a fire gutted...Read Full Story

SPQR (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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 Full Story

Prima (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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 Full Story

Petit Crenn (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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...Read Full Story

August 1 Five (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This new Indian restaurant adds to the ways tech has impacted the Bay Area. To get the level of Indian food she wanted, former Google employee Hetal Shah hired Manish Tyagi, a former chef de cuisine at Rasika...Read Full Story

Liholiho Yacht Club (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Chef Ravi Kapur, from Hawaii via Boulevard and Prospect, works magic in the open kitchen at Liholiho, turning out umami-rich dishes like tongue, kimchi and pickles in a poppy seed–encrusted bun, or beef carpaccio and crispy fried oysters. They...Read Full Story

The Riddler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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 Full Story

Bellota (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Bellota, legs of Cinco Jotas bellota—one of Spain’s most coveted cured hams—hang behind glass in a large industrial space warmed by Moorish design elements; the open kitchen brims with paella pans and clay tureens, the restaurant...Read Full Story

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