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The Punchdown (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At D.C. Looney’s lively natural-wine bar in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural-wine bar in Paris, with its tiled walls and wooden back bar. The list is French-dominant, to go with the menu (think marrow bones and Comté cheese plates),...Read Full Story

Commonwealth (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

On chef Jason Fox’s $80 tasting menu, a dish that might seem simple on paper—corn, scallops, herbs—turns out to be an alchemical synthesis you could never have imagined. Wine director Francesca Maniace has created a Eurocentric list that flows seamlessly with the menu. Her pairings might include...Read Full Story

Homestead (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Homestead could be Exhibit A in a thesis arguing that Oakland really is the new Brooklyn. Hip and homey at the same time, this very personal restaurant from youthful chef-owners Fred and Elizabeth Sassen is a long, narrow room in an old building with floor-to-ceiling windows. An...Read Full Story

Farmshop (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Larkspur’s Farmshop, a second outpost of the original Santa Monica location, fits Marin’s easy affluence like a glove. Thomas Keller protégé Jeff Cerciello runs the open kitchen, turning out highly refined farm-to-table cooking. The chicken is Jidori, the super-fresh free-range birds all the rage...Read Full Story

Coqueta (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

After a career spent focusing on Italian cuisine, Michael Chiarello takes on Spain at Coqueta. The glowing dining room and pocket-sized glass box of a bar are wedged against the bay along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Walk-ins from the promenade stop by for small plates of Manchego,...Read Full Story

Lolinda (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Leave Mission Street behind, enter Lolinda, and you’ve joined a party in Buenos Aires on a dark, sultry night. Gather around the large table in the bar for cocktails with plates of ceviche, empanadas, pork belly, chorizo and charred octopus while Prince and bossa nova tunes...Read Full Story

Plum (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Plum, Daniel Patterson's Oakland outpost, servers and cooks may wear black and multiple dining parties may share the long wooden tables, but like its forbearer Coi, this jewel box-sized spot serves food that is both pure and ingredient-driven. The compact Modernist menu is divided into primordial themes such...Read Full Story

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