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Located right on The Embarcadero, Coqueta serves arguably the best Spanish cuisine in the city. Inspired by personal trips to Barcelona, Chef Michael Chiarello has designed an inventive menu that celebrates regional Spanish cuisine with Northern California ingredients. Enjoy Coqueta's Pulpo a la Parilla, "Gaucho" Bistec, and my personal favorite, "Sunny side-up" Huevo, along with a glass of Sangria and full views of Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. It's no wonder the restaurant has earned numerous accolades since its 2013 opening, including Best New Restaurant and Chef of the Year titles. The Spanish word for "flirt", Coqueta will leave you more than just infatuated.
Pier 5, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
The Slanted Door
Travel to Vietnam via The Slanted Door at San Francisco's historic Ferry Building. Originally opened in 1995, the bustling restaurant outgrew its original location and is now serving modern Vietnamese cuisine in an expansive space with picturesque waterfront views. Born in Vietnam, Chef Charles Phan's original mission of bringing the flavors of his native country to the US using fresh, quality ingredients and served in a contemporary atmosphere, remains true today. Highlights of The Slanted Door menu include a five-spiced duck leg confit salad, noodles with Dungeness crab and beef, along with an extensive wine list.
One Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111
Nopa, north of the Panhandle, where the restaurant is located, is well-known for its flavourful urban rustic dishes. It's so well-known that meals in the buzzing two-storey restaurant will almost certainly require a wait if you haven't made reservations in advance. A favourite among locals and tourists alike, Nopa is acclaimed for its organic wood-fired cuisine. While the wood-grilled hamburger is a must-have, Nopa's country pork chop and house-made pappardelle with slow-cooked Bolognese, deserve equal attention. Open till late, especially for San Francisco standards, the restaurant also offers a fabulous selection of cocktails to keep you going until the wee hours.
560 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
With 24 dining locations across the US, including nine in San Francisco alone, Chef Michael Mina's eponymous restaurant is the brightest Michelin-star in his culinary galaxy. Located in the city where the award-winning chef first rose to fame, Michael Mina exemplifies his philosophy of combining bold yet balanced flavors through artistically crafted dishes that fuse Japanese and French cuisine. A personal standout was the deliciously inventive Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake. Enjoy Michael Mina's signature Trios Menu that allows guests to savor varied flavor profiles of featured seasonal ingredients throughout multiple courses.
252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Ensuring that you won't drop when you shop, at the top of Neiman Marcus' landmark location right on San Francisco's Union Square, The Rotunda offers the perfect respite from a busy day of shopping. Beneath a captivating stained-glass dome, enjoy the restaurant's signature light and fluffy Popover with strawberry jam and NM Chicken Salad. Along with the famed dishes are a wide variety of sandwiches and entrées, including Lobster Club and Grilled Ribeye with Uni Butter. With its elegant interiors and exquisite city views, The Rotunda is also the perfect place for a cocktail or afternoon tea before heading back down for more retail therapy.
Level Four, 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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