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Liholiho Yacht Club (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Ryan Jasielum’s modest two-page wine list is perfect for Ravi Kapur’s wildly flavorful Hawaii-influenced menu. With dishes like a salad of marinated squid and crispy tripe, a big wine book would be more confusing than helpful. What is helpful is precise, intense wines, like the Luis Rodriguez...Read Full Story

Loló (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

General manager Juan Carlos Ruelas and bar manager Leon Vazquez have gone deep into natural wine at this Mission restaurant, where chef Jorge Martínez’s witty riffs on Mexican dishes (like panko crusted avocado tacos) mirror the space’s electric decor. Ruelas and Vasquez are equally excited about...Read Full Story

Miminashi (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

What do you do when famished and thirsty in Napa at 10 p.m. on a Friday night? A lot of local winemakers head for chef Curtis Di Fede’s izakaya-influenced spot. Beyond the robatayaki chicken skewers—thigh, heart, gizzard, wing, etcetera—he puts together more California-fied options, like poached...Read Full Story

Nopa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Dennis Cantwell is a kind sage in the world of wine directors, with a head-spinningly diverse list,” says Absinthe head sommelier Gretchen Buck. Almost 15 years after opening, this spot continues to influence what it means to eat and drink in San Francisco. That’s a testament to Nopa’s...Read Full Story

Ordinaire (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Along with San Francisco’s Terroir, this Oakland shop and wine bar is ground zero for natural wine in the Bay Area. It’s quite literally the avant garde: Tomorrow’s culty sans soufre gamay will often appear here before anywhere else. Wine buyer Quentin...Read Full Story

Spruce (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

While Spruce may be spendy, it’s very possible to thrive here without spending big. The $21 Spruce Burger at the bar is an insider secret, and the wine list has a pretty thrilling collection of grüners and rieslings for those who aren’t in the market...Read Full Story

Tartine Manufactory (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

During the day, this sprawling, sunny space feels more like a food hall than a traditional restaurant, with its busy coffee bar and pastry case, ice-cream counter and wraparound bar that turns out a mind-spinning array of cocktails and some wild non-alcoholic drinks. Dinner service puts the focus on...Read Full Story

Trick Dog (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Josh Harris and Morgan Schick’s trendsetting Mission District bar took home the award for the world’s best cocktail menu at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans. “Every time Trick Dog’s menu changes, it becomes the talk of the town; it’s...Read Full Story

Zuni Café (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Judy Rogers might be gone, but the energy and integrity still holds true,” says One Market wine director Tonya Pitts. Wine buyer Thierry Lovato pulls together a smart two-page list of French, Italian and American classics. The restaurant’s gracious waitstaff takes it from there, helping guests decide between...Read Full Story

True Laurel (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

An offshoot of Lazy Bear, which puts together one of the more experimental tasting menus in town, True Laurel is also edgy but less of an investment. After dinner service ends, the kitchen stays open past midnight, turning out a handful of treats like Old Bay–dusted...Read Full Story

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