Nautical artifacts, handcrafted wood beams, and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay set the scene at Horatio's. It's almost enough to make you forget you're on land. The vibe, which the restaurant says celebrates "the romance and brilliance of the Royal Navy of some 200 years ago," goes hand-in-hand with the menu. A selection of top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and surf 'n' turf entrees for brunch, lunch, and dinner features locally-sourced ingredients. Chef specialties include rock salt roasted prime rib, seafood etouffee?a medley of prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and andouille sausage served over cheese grits?and rousing sea shanties that filter in from the kitchen. Diners can wash it down with a glass of California wine or a specialty cocktail crafted from housemade syrups, fresh fruit and herbs, and top-shelf liquors.
Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from Japan.
As a youngster, Latif Lamnaouar learned classic Moroccan dishes by watching and helping his mother in the kitchen. After moving to America, the homesick Latif started cooking those meals himself, a process that reduced his homesickness and propelled his culinary aspirations. He now crafts Moroccan specialties at Lateeva's Cafe, from veggie sandwiches with eggplant and split pea hummus spread to lemon chicken paninis with pesto and spinach.
Before noon, Latif assembles plenty of breakfast treats, too, including wraps chock-full of eggs, hash browns, salsa, and a choice of turkey sausage or turkey bacon. Complement feasts with coffee drinks or the apple juice, strawberry, and tamarind blend of the Road to Casablanca smoothie, named for its resemblance to Humphrey Bogart's naturally fruity scent.
Kincaid's puts an upscale spin on classic American dining. The kitchen's signature prime rib, for instance, is slow-roasted under rock salt to ensure a tender texture and perfect crust. Lobster tails are served with grilled lemon, and meatloaf arrives wrapped in savory bacon. Along with these mainstays, seasonal specialties showcase local meats and produce. Kincaid's whips up hearty plates for brunch, lunch, dinner, and second dinner, with different delectable options served at each meal.
Bites can be paired with handcrafted cocktails, draft beers, or glasses of wine?Kincaid's serves up nearly 30 red and white wines by the glass, many of which hail from California, Oregon, and Washington. The accompanying bottle list features dozens of additional selections from vineyards near and far.
Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.
Eat an endless parade of succulent meats, salads, sides, and hot dishes at Espetus Churrascaria. With today's Groupon, $20 gets you $40 toward a prix fixe rodizio-style dinner (can't be used toward drinks or dessert) that ensures hunger's defeat at the hands of knife-wielding, meat-serving gauchos. The rodizio dinner costs $49.95, so you'll still need another $9.95 in addition to your $40 Groupon, but that's still 40% off some of the best meats in town.