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CDP Bar at Commis (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

James Syhabout’s CDP (Chef de Partie), a sleek cocktail lounge with a vaguely sixties Vegas vibe to it, shares a wall and sensibilities with his Michelin two-star restaurant Commis. Some of those at the marble bar are waiting for reservations next door while others are exploring...Read Full Story

Belotti Ristorante e Bottega (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“A shoebox of a space that is worth fighting your way into,” says Alex Joerger at Cost Plus World Market. He’s just one of the many wine geeks attracted by Michele Belotti’s handmade pastas, long-simmered sugos and all-Italian wine list, much of it intriguing and under $50—like...Read Full Story

Eight Tables (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

George Chen recreates Chinese “private chateau cuisine” in this eight-table space atop China Live, his bar/restaurant/retail complex where San Francisco’s Chinatown meets North Beach. The drinks are as impressive as the food, whether it’s a wild cocktail from Saison-vet Anthony Keels or one...Read Full Story

Glen Ellen Star (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“This place manages to maintain its buzzy vibe well into the evening, after most wine-country restaurants have long emptied out,” says Kelli White, a Napa-based writer for GuildSomm. It’s a local mainstay thanks to husband-wife duo Ari Weiswasser and Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, who show off the local bounty in...Read Full Story

Mister Jiu's (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“You may have encountered these flavors and textures before at a Chinese restaurant, but chef Brandon Jew transforms them into singular dishes like an ethereal, silken crab custard topped with crabmeat and accented with a few shavings of pickled carrot,” says W&S contributor Barbara Haimes. The...Read Full Story

Tasca Tasca (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

When you tire of tasting all the great wines Sonoma has to offer, head to Tasca Tasca, Manuel Azevedo’s wine bar. The chef-owner of LaSalette, his upscale restaurant across Sonoma’s square, Azevedo offers a casual taste of Portugal here, from tumblers of Vinho...Read Full Story

Octavia (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Like Frances, Melissa Perello’s Castro restaurant, Octavia feels comfortable and unassuming, with wooden tables and understated décor. Start with chilled squid-ink noodles with bottarga, a salty and primal introduction to the purity of her cooking. The wine list boasts a modest but smart...Read Full Story

The Progress (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The younger sister to State Bird Provisions, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s runaway hit next door, The Progress focuses on food that’s innovative and international. The wine list, run by Jason Alexander, is filled with mildly geeky, eminently drinkable wines by the glass...Read Full Story

The Saratoga (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Housed in a historic building in the Tenderloin, this bar offers an unrivaled selection of vintage spirits: 1950s Benedictine and Fernet, Chartreuse selections that span six decades, and even the holy grail for Bourbon drinkers, the A.H. Hirsch 16 Year Old.

1760 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Gianpaolo Paterlini mans one of the deepest Italian wine lists in San Francisco at Acquerello, the restaurant his father opened in 1989. 1760 is his playground, where he gathers wines from around the world to go with the diverse flavors of chef Carl Foronda’s food. Don...Read Full Story

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