Wine Bars in Pacific Heights

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Diners at Ottimista can peruse more than 35 wines by the glass to complement the locally sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients that go into every item on Ottimista's menu. Start with a crisp flute of prosecco ($10) with an appetizer of saffron arancini with fontina ($7), or throw caution into the incinerator with a powerfully bold glass of cabernet franc from the Colli Orientali del Friuli region of Italy ($12). Share a quartino (one-third of a bottle) of the Sicilian nero d'Avola/frappato blend with your dining date ($18), paired with the cascade steelhead salmon with lemon, basil, and green beans ($17), or sink your teeth into the pan-seared organic short rib with twice-baked potato and pan-roasted Pescadero blue oyster mushroom ($19).

1838 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
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Food Inc. Trattoria seeks its inspiration from near and far. Beginning with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the eatery's chefs prepare seasonally rotating selections of pan-Mediterranean bistro cuisine.

Menu Buzzwords

  • Organic: A toasted baguette cradles organic mixed greens, spicy lamb sausage, and roasted-pepper aioli.
  • Seasonal: Whenever they are available, fresh figs appear in a salad of mixed greens with sweet Italian gorgonzola and walnuts.
  • Vegan: Creamy hummus and avocado, crisp cucumbers, asparagus, and tomato are sandwiched between slices of seeded whole-wheat bread, creating a vegan-friendly dish.
  • Homemade: Chefs hand make each piece of ricotta gnocchi before cooking the dumplings and adding prosciutto, peas, and cream sauce.

The Wine Cellar

Rather than stick with just the basics, Food Inc. Trattoria's wine buyer hopes to introduce diners to lesser known varietals and winemaking regions. Greek moschofilero, French picpoul de pinet, and a ros? of Californian carignan represent a few choices from the everchanging list. The staff eagerly recommends bottles to share with a group of friends or newly discovered spirit animals.

2800 California St
San Francisco,
CA
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Sink into soft cushions beneath honeycomb chandeliers as you slip into the Sunday morning feastival. Menu selections include a prawn salad with chicories and tangerines ($15) or house-made brioche french toast with spiced apples and maple syrup fraiche ($11). Well past noon, gingerly ease into the day as you would with a too-warm hot tub with a sparkling pinot noir ($5) and goat cheese semifreddo with melon granite and peppercorn meringue ($9). Nectar Wine Lounge carries more than 600 bottles of wine, along with standard brunch sips such as mimosas ($7). Eating, sipping, and socializing all take place within a cozy, coolly lit lounge atmosphere with a drizzling of natural light from an overhead skylight.

3330 Steiner St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Fat Angel

Long relegated to the bottle and glass, wine finds a new home at Fat Angel: the tap. Fat Angel has six wines on draft at all times, allowing guests to select pours not only by the standard glass or bottle, but also by the half-bottle. And that’s just wine; Fat Angel is also a beer-lover’s heaven, where more than 150 beers by the bottle, pint, and smaller pour suit every type of taste bud. There’s sour smoked wheat ale from Germany, dark Double Chocolate English Stout by Wells & Young’s, and crisp Rising Sun Baird Brewing Co.’s Pale Ale from Japan. And one can’t forget to mention the signature cocktails that headline the drink menu, including a chic and classic champagne cocktail with house-made bitters.

The San Francisco Chronicle can’t seem to pick a favorite aspect of Fat Angel. From its handy location—near Yoshi’s, the Fillmore, and Sundance Kabuki Cinema—to its whimsical décor, which includes organ pipes above the bar and a lavish chandelier. Then, of course, there are the killer small plates perfect for soaking up all those libations. Salty fried capers put everyday bar peanuts to shame, and crusty loaves of sourdough or French bread may be elegantly dressed with cheese and meat plates or a selection of butters in flavors such as maple bacon and garlic chili. Larger plates including a chicken pot pie help appease heartier appetites, while Irish cheddar-topped sliders arrive three to a plate, making them ideal for sharing or juggling between rounds.

1740 Ofarrell St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Five Things to Know About Bin 38

Bin 38 fuses an impressive selection of wine and beer with a spread of small plates, entrees, and shareable snacks made from local and seasonal ingredients. This Marina District hangout has become a popular destination for groups of friends and dates—read on to learn more.

  • There are more than 50 wines available by the glass. The handpicked roster focuses on small-production wines from both new- and old-world sources. Alternatively, nearly 40 exotic craft beers provide equally tasty pairings for the food.
  • Outside is the place to be. Bin 38 features two outdoor seating areas, including a tented back patio that's heated by a fire pit so guests don't have to line their clothes with hay to keep warm.
  • You can snack or feast. Small plates, such as truffle popcorn and charcuterie plates, anchor the menu. If you’re hungry, though, you can also fill up on entrees such as slow-roasted short rib or confit duck ravioli.
  • Brunch is a big hit. It happens on weekends and features a classic rock theme, with beermosas and wine cocktails sporting the names of chart-topping tunes.
  • The name has a meaning. The 38 represents the latitude of San Francisco, while "Bin" refers to the wine-industry term for the piece of land from which grapes are harvested and stored.

3232 Scott St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Five Things to Know About Mezes

Diners aren’t the only ones who’ve taken notice of Mezes’ authentic take on Greek food—in 2013, CBS added the restaurant to its list of “Best Tasting Menus in San Francisco” for flavor and price. Read on to see why else Mexes is worth a visit.

  • They know how to start the week off right. They feature a special three-course tasting menu every Monday night. For $19, you get tzatziki and melitzanosalata spreads with warm pita, horiatiki (tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, red onion, olives, and feta), and a choice of marinated chicken skewers, grilled salmon, or slow-cooked lamb shank.

  • The wine selection is more than impressive. The extensive wine list features a large lineup of local bottles and imported wines from Greece and Cyprus.

  • Vegetarians need apply. The menu here is plenty accommodating to herbivores, featuring the likes of spanakopita, zucchini cakes, and stuffed tomato and pepper.

  • It’s perfect for a group outing. The word meze literally means “small plate”. Come with plenty of friends, order a ton of dishes, and pass them around.

  • The happy hour is something to truly get happy about. In addition to serving specially priced small plates, they take $4 off the price of their by-the-glass wines until 7 p.m. every day.

2373 Chestnut St
San Francisco,
CA
US