Restaurant

Californios

    photo by Remy Galvan-Hale

Between the jewel-like courses on chef Val Cantu’s Mexican-influenced tasting menu and the artful wine pairings from wine director Charlotte Randolph, Californios is luxurious, for sure, but it feels more intelligent than decadent. Cantu tends to elevate local ingredients rather than look far afield. For example, he crafts an umami-driven carne asada dish by working with Mindful Meats, which selects retired dairy cattle from Marin and Sonoma counties just to the north. If you’re not doing the wine pairings, you might find yourself starting with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, then moving on to some deliciously offbeat California selection that Randolph just discovered.

Restaurant Info


Californios, 3115 22nd St. (at South Van Ness), San Francisco, California

Mexican

415-757-0994

californiossf.com

2016, 2018, 2019 W&S SF50


This review appears in the print edtion of the October 2019 issue.
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